emergency manager http://michiganradio.org en Muskegon Heights charter board president: Schools will stay open, “That’s a promise.” http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-charter-board-president-schools-will-stay-open-s-promise <p>Muskegon Heights' charter school board acknowledged at a meeting Monday night it doesn’t know how it’ll fund operations for the rest of this school year. But it is reassuring the community it’ll figure something out by next week at the latest.</p><p>“As soon as we have something I will share it with you. That’s a promise,” Muskegon Heights Academy’s school board president Arthur Scott said.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:22:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17307 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights charter board president: Schools will stay open, “That’s a promise.” Charter school CEO says Muskegon Heights schools owes company $2 million http://michiganradio.org/post/charter-school-ceo-says-muskegon-heights-schools-owes-company-2-million <p>The Muskegon Heights charter school district owes the company that’s operating its schools a little more than $2 million. That’s according to Mosaica Education’s CEO.&nbsp;</p><p>The new charter district was created in Muskegon Heights when severe cash problems prompted a state takeover of the traditional school district by an emergency manager in 2012. Now the charter district is having cash flow problems of its own.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:03:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17291 at http://michiganradio.org Charter school CEO says Muskegon Heights schools owes company $2 million Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Royal Oak Township http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-declares-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township <div><p>Now that Gov. Rick&nbsp;Synder has confirmed that a “financial emergency” exists in the Detroit suburb, Royal Oak Township officials have seven days to decide how to move forward.</p><p>Under the state’s emergency manager law, known as the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, there are four options the township can choose:</p><ul><li>a consent agreement,</li><li>an emergency manager,</li><li>neutral evaluation,</li><li>or Chapter 9 bankruptcy</li></ul><p><a href="http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MITREAS/2014/03/19/file_attachments/278816/ROT_GovConfirmation%2B3-19-14.pdf">From the governor’s office</a>:</p><blockquote><p>On January 30th, Governor Snyder determined that a financial emergency exists in Royal Oak Township after reviewing a report from an independent financial review team. Following a hearing township officials requested, as allowed under PA 436, State Treasurer Kevin Clinton recommended that the governor confirm his determination of a financial emergency.</p></blockquote><p>State officials say the township board has until 5 p.m. on Wed., March 26&nbsp; to make a choice on how to move forward.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:52:08 +0000 Mark Brush 16904 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Royal Oak Township Audio: A conversation with former Benton Harbor emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-conversation-former-benton-harbor-emergency-manager <p>The city of Benton Harbor is no longer in a financial emergency. Gov. Snyder today announced the appointment of a Receivership Transition Advisory Board.</p><p>Behind the turnaround is Benton Harbor’s former emergency manager, Tony Saunders II. He spoke with the host of&nbsp;<em>All Thing Considered</em>, Jennifer White.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:22:03 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16801 at http://michiganradio.org Audio: A conversation with former Benton Harbor emergency manager Benton Harbor's financial emergency ends http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbors-financial-emergency-ends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Snyder says Benton Harbor's financial emergency is over.</span></p><p>It's been four years since the state appointed an emergency manager to run the city's finances.&nbsp;</p><p>Snyder attributes Benton Harbor's success, in part, to the new emergency manager law he signed after voters repealed a former version. The law gives managers broad powers to fix the finances of the cities and school districts.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Snyder also gives Benton Harbor's most recent emergency manager credit for building trust in the community. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Listen to the audio above.&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:52:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16792 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor's financial emergency ends Review team to look over Lincoln Park's finances http://michiganradio.org/post/review-team-look-over-lincoln-parks-finances <p>LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a review team to look at the finances of Lincoln Park.</p><p>The review is part of the process under state law that could lead to the appointment of an emergency manager. The review team was announced Monday.</p><p>A loan board determined last month that "probable financial stress" exists in Lincoln Park, southwest of Detroit.</p><p>Lincoln Park borrowed $2.5 million from its water and sewer fund for a pension payment in fiscal year 2013, and 46 percent of its general fund revenues in fiscal 2012 went to debt payments and retirement obligations.</p><p>The review team has 60 days to report back to Snyder. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:37:29 +0000 The Associated Press 16392 at http://michiganradio.org Review team to look over Lincoln Park's finances With $2.3 million state loan, Benton Harbor emergency manager prepares an exit http://michiganradio.org/post/23-million-state-loan-benton-harbor-emergency-manager-prepares-exit <p>Benton Harbor’s emergency manager is planning his exit. That’s after the state agreed to loan the city more than $2 million.</p><p>When Benton Harbor officially began its financial emergency, Jennifer Granholm was the governor. During the last four years, the city has operated under three different versions of Michigan’s emergency manager law. That’s how long it’s been.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:20:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16309 at http://michiganradio.org With $2.3 million state loan, Benton Harbor emergency manager prepares an exit Flint's special blue ribbon committee will continue to meet 'behind closed doors' http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-special-blue-ribbon-committee-will-continue-meet-behind-closed-doors <p>Flint’s emergency manager says a special blue ribbon committee looking at ways to better run the city should continue to meet behind closed doors.</p><p></p><p>Emergency Manager Darnell Earley appointed the 23 member committee this month. The panel will be meeting for the next several months to study how best to run the city. And those meetings are taking place behind closed doors.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:52:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 16069 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's special blue ribbon committee will continue to meet 'behind closed doors' Flint City Council to start on the path to 'self-governance' http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-start-path-self-governance <p>The Flint City Council meets tonight, and for the first time in two years, the council will actually have something to do.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been under a state-appointed emergency manager for two years.</p><p></p><p>Current emergency manager Darnell Earley says it’s time for the City Council to get more involved in decisions.</p><p></p><p>“The way to do that is for them to begin some of their meetings on some issues that we want ultimately the council to have some impact on,” says Earley.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:35:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15985 at http://michiganradio.org Flint City Council to start on the path to 'self-governance' Highland Park financial review team to meet with public http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-financial-review-team-meet-public <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This afternoon, the public will have an opportunity to address the state panel looking into Highland Park's finances.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Governor Snyder appointed the review team earlier this month&nbsp; after a preliminary review<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,4679,7-121-1755_1963-317594--,00.html"> found</a> the city in "probable financial stress."</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:11:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15712 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park financial review team to meet with public Benton Harbor emergency manager asks state for loan; city commissioners reject the plan http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-emergency-manager-asks-state-loan-city-commissioners-reject-plan <p>Elected leaders in Benton Harbor are rejecting the emergency manager’s plan to take on debt to pay down the city’s deficit.</p><p>Benton Harbor has been under state control for three years. It's cut its deficit by a third; from $3.4 million in 2010 to $1.2 million, according to the latest audit.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:57:04 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15351 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor emergency manager asks state for loan; city commissioners reject the plan Benton Harbor leaders at odds over proposed income tax; voters decide Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-leaders-odds-over-proposed-income-tax-voters-decide-tuesday <p>A southwest Michigan city under state control will decide whether to impose a new city income tax in Tuesday's election. An emergency manager has been running <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/benton-harbor">Benton Harbor </a>since March 2010.</p><p>If the proposal passes, people who live or work in Benton Harbor will pay a small percentage of their income to the city government. More than <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43715-153955--F,00.html">20 other Michigan cities have an income tax.</a></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:38:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15104 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor leaders at odds over proposed income tax; voters decide Tuesday In this morning's headlines: NERD fund gone, HiPark financial trouble, Det Council rejects loan deal http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-nerd-fund-gone-hipark-financial-trouble-det-council-rejects-loan-deal <p><strong>Gov. Snyder shuts down NERD fund</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder’s controversial NERD Fund will be shut down this week and replaced. Its official name is the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund. Governor Snyder used the fund to pick up costs he says should not be paid by taxpayers," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-shutting-down-controversial-nerd-fund">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Highland Park could have an Emergency Manager soon</strong></p><p>A state board has determined that the city of Highland Park has probable<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-could-go-back-under-state-oversight-ecorse-schools-get-reprieve"> financial distress</a>. Gov. Rick Snyder will next appoint a review team which could lead to an appointment of an emergency manager. According the Associated Press, "The Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board also determined there is no probable financial distress in Ecorse Public Schools. A similar hearing is scheduled Wednesday for Royal Oak Township."</p><p><strong>Detroit City Council rejects loan deal from EM</strong></p><p><br />"The Detroit City Council has rejected a proposed $350 million loan deal. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr . . . planned to use most of the $ 350 million to pay off two banks. That’s controversial because he’s proposed much steeper cuts for other Detroit creditors. Bankruptcy court Judge Steven Rhodes will have to sign off on the deal," Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-council-hopes-send-message-rejecting-loan-proposal">reports. </a><br /> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:25:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14938 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: NERD fund gone, HiPark financial trouble, Det Council rejects loan deal If Benton Harbor voters approve income tax, manager would pay down pension liabilities http://michiganradio.org/post/if-benton-harbor-voters-approve-income-tax-manager-would-pay-down-pension-liabilities <p>Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders is breaking months of silence on a proposed city income tax. Saunders says he has some <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-leaders-have-more-convincing-do-income-tax-proposal">concerns about the proposal. </a></p><p>“I want to make sure we have a strong climate for business investment here. Also, you know this is one of the poorest cities in Michigan, so the last thing I want to see is our citizens being taxed once again when they’re already struggling to make ends meet,” Saunders said.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14884 at http://michiganradio.org If Benton Harbor voters approve income tax, manager would pay down pension liabilities Students making gains under first-of-a-kind charter; school leaders set bigger goals http://michiganradio.org/post/students-making-gains-under-first-kind-charter-school-leaders-set-bigger-goals <p>On average, students under the state’s first fully privatized public school district are learning at a faster rate than under the old system. That’s according to data released Monday night by the charter company running the Muskegon Heights district.</p><p>Muskegon Heights schools’ <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/check-out-details-michigan-s-first-privatized-public-school-system">emergency manager set up the charter system </a>in the summer of 2012, when the existing district couldn’t afford to open. Highland Park Public Schools is under a similar arrangement.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:35:39 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14557 at http://michiganradio.org Students making gains under first-of-a-kind charter; school leaders set bigger goals Flint's Emergency Manager resigning http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-resigning <p>Flint is getting its third emergency manager in less than six months.</p><p>Flint’s current Emergency Manager announced his resignation today.</p><p>Mike Brown is in his second stint as Flint’s Emergency Manager. Governor Snyder appointed Brown to the post in 2011.&nbsp; &nbsp;A change in the state law forced him to step down in 2012.&nbsp; &nbsp;Another change opened the door to Brown replacing his own replacement a few months ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike Brown also briefly served as Flint’s interim mayor in 2009 after the resignation of former Mayor Don Williamson. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14378 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's Emergency Manager resigning Ford Foundation donates money to help Detroit manage its federal grants http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-foundation-donates-money-help-detroit-manage-its-federal-grants <p>The Ford Foundation has pledged $127,000 to hire the firm Public Consulting Group to help manage Detroit's federal grant money.</p><p>The city has lost money in the past because of poor oversight of its grants, like <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/08/detroit_police_chief_james_cra_3.html">a $400,000 lapsed grant</a> to the Detroit Police Department for an armored personnel carrier.</p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:25:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14217 at http://michiganradio.org Ford Foundation donates money to help Detroit manage its federal grants Pontiac emergency manager Lou Schimmel is out of office http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-emergency-manager-lou-schimmel-out-office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After nearly five years, the city of Pontiac's financial emergency is officially resolved.</span></p><p>Emergency manager Lou Schimmel resigned yesterday, but the state will still have a heavy hand in the city's finances.</p><p>A "transition advisory board" appointed by Governor Snyder will have to approve all major budget decisions.</p><p>Lou Schimmel&nbsp;was appointed to that board. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:47:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 14068 at http://michiganradio.org Pontiac emergency manager Lou Schimmel is out of office With Pontiac financial emergency "resolved," a very different city emerges http://michiganradio.org/post/pontiac-financial-emergency-resolved-very-different-city-emerges <p>For the first time in nearly five years, the city of Pontiac is <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130819/METRO02/308190079/Pontiac-EM-recommends-city-returned-elected-officials?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">not under emergency management</a>.</p><p>Emergency manager Lou Schimmel resigned Monday, saying the city’s financial emergency is “resolved.”</p><p>Schimmel&nbsp;was Pontiac's third emergency manager, serving since September 2011.</p><p>Pontiac is a radically different city than it was five years ago. The city’s general fund budget is about half what it used to be.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:17:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14059 at http://michiganradio.org With Pontiac financial emergency "resolved," a very different city emerges The financially troubled Pontiac school district has a week to pick a new path to follow http://michiganradio.org/post/financially-troubled-pontiac-school-district-has-week-pick-new-path-follow <p>Pontiac school district leaders have seven days to decide what path they wish to follow to address the district’s financial emergency.</p><p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has officially confirmed his determination that Pontiac schools are in a financial emergency.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:28:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 13986 at http://michiganradio.org The financially troubled Pontiac school district has a week to pick a new path to follow