detroit budget http://michiganradio.org en Bankruptcy case delays Detroit's usual budget process http://michiganradio.org/post/bankruptcy-case-delays-detroits-usual-budget-process <p>Detroit’s bankruptcy case is throwing a wrench in the city’s usual budget process.</p><p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan didn’t give his charter-mandated city budget address as scheduled Monday.</p><p>Rather, officials told City Council members that Detroit needs to update its plan of adjustment first. That’s the city’s restructuring blueprint for getting through bankruptcy.</p><p>Detroit chief financial officer John Hill said that since the plan will shape the city budget, it doesn’t make sense start talking now.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:20:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17227 at http://michiganradio.org Bankruptcy case delays Detroit's usual budget process Merging Wayne County and Detroit could fix both http://michiganradio.org/post/merging-wayne-county-and-detroit-could-fix-both <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Everybody knows that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was thoroughly corrupt. He currently is sitting in jail waiting sentencing in federal court on his latest round of convictions.</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His political career is dead and his chance at being free is over, at least for years to come. But you can easily make the argument that, at least in terms of cost to the taxpayers, the administration of Wayne County Executive Robert </span>Ficano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is worse.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Certainly </span>Ficano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has wasted far more of the taxpayers’ money than Kilpatrick’s grubby crimes cost Detroit. One of the enduring mysteries of state politics is why this man is still in his job. Michigan’s largest county has lurched from scandal to scandal.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was the case of </span>Turkia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Awada<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mullin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the crony who somehow was vaulted over far more qualified applicants, made head of the airport authority and given a two hundred thousand dollar “severance” to go from one job to another.</span></p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:48:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14021 at http://michiganradio.org Merging Wayne County and Detroit could fix both In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan tuition policy, school district finances http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-bankruptcy-michigan-tuition-policy-school-district-finances <p><strong>Detroit files for bankruptcy</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has approved Detroit’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-files-federal-bankruptcy-protection">bankruptcy filing</a>.&nbsp; It is now the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. History.&nbsp; Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that “the governor says bankruptcy will ultimately offer creditors some assurances on how much they will be paid. A federal judge still has to approve the request.”</p><p><strong>University of Michigan grants in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants</strong></p><p>Yesterday, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the provision of in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-approves-state-tuition-undocumented-students-us-military-veterans">reports</a> that “undocumented students will have to show they attended middle school and high school in Michigan to get the lower tuition rate.”&nbsp; This comes after two years of lobbying from activists and undocumented students.</p><p><strong>Last chance for Inkster and Buena Vista school districts</strong></p><p>The Inkster and Buena Vista school districts have until Monday evening to prove that they can finance the 2013-2014 school year.&nbsp; If funds cannot be found, the districts will then be closed.&nbsp; Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that “if Inkster and Buena Vista are shut down, their students would go to other schools in the intermediate school district.” Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:53:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13608 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan tuition policy, school district finances The week in review: Taylor teacher contracts, same-sex adoption, and Detroit pensions http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-taylor-teacher-contracts-same-sex-adoption-and-detroit-pensions <p><em>Each week, Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry, and weekend host Rina Miller look back on the big news events in Michigan. You can listen to their discussion above. Below is a short summary.</em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuit over Taylor School District contract tossed out</span></strong></p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 13508 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Taylor teacher contracts, same-sex adoption, and Detroit pensions In this morning's news: Detroit's budget meeting, I-96 shooter evidence, DNA testing for suspects http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroits-budget-meeting-i-96-shooter-evidence-dna-testing-suspects <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica"><strong>Wayne State University hosts Detroit's first public budget meeting</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s Emergency Manager, told the public Monday night that the city is “technically insolvent” and suffers from an “addiction to debt.” </span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">“</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">Orr says Detroit’s chances of avoiding a Chapter Nine municipal bankruptcy are still ‘fifty-fifty,’” reports <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/orrs-message-detroit-im-going-accomplish-job">Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek.</a> <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/06/residents_shut_out_of_packed_d.html#incart_river_default">Mlive.com</a> reports that 100 people were shut out of the meeting after it exceeded the auditorium’s capacity.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica"><strong>Evidence does not link bullet to I-96 shooter</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica">Ballistics tests have shown that a bullet recently recovered from an I-96 driver did not come from weapons taken from Raulie Casteel’s home.&nbsp; According to the Associated Press, “Casteel faces terrorism and other charges in two dozen random shootings in a four-county area last October.<span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">”</span></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica"><strong>Potential DNA testing for suspects</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica">Michigan lawmakers are considering a law that requires DNA sample collection from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony. Currently, DNA samples are taken from people arrested on suspicion of murder, rape, and other violent felonies. According to the Associated Press, “civil liberties advocates say collecting DNA before someone is convicted violates the presumption of innocence.”</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica"> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:49:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12985 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit's budget meeting, I-96 shooter evidence, DNA testing for suspects With an emergency manager in office, do city council budget proposals matter? http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-office-do-city-council-budget-proposals-matter <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Earlier this morning, Detroit’s city council voted unanimously to override Mayor Dave Bing’s veto of budget cuts proposed by the council.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Last week, the mayor rejected changes the city council wanted implemented in the city’s $1-billion budget for fiscal year 2013-14, including cuts to his own office. <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130603/METRO01/306030349/Detroit-council-overrides-Bing-s-veto-budget-amendments?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit News reported</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“The council wanted deeper cuts to Bing's staff and quicker implementation of a new health care cost-sharing formula.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Bing however did not turn down deeper cuts the council recommended for its own department and the consolidation of its divisions.”</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The council's override of Bing's veto was unanimous (8-0). Charles Pugh, the president of the council, said this was proof that the council was “standing united.”</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr at the helm of the city’s finances, how much does a united city council matter when it comes to Detroit’s budget?</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:05:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12850 at http://michiganradio.org With an emergency manager in office, do city council budget proposals matter? In this morning's news: Bush at Mackinac, push to repeal gay marriage ban, Snyder on DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-bush-mackinac-push-repeal-gay-marriage-ban-snyder-dia <p><b><font size="2">Jeb Bush endorses school choice at Mackinac Policy Conferenc<font size="2">e</font></font></b></p><p><font size="2">"Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a large business and political conference on Mackinac Island that Michigan and other states should clear the way for more charter and online schools. He also urged Michigan to stick with the Common Core education standards," <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-jeb-bush-urges-action-education">reports</a> Rick Pluta.</font></p><p><font size="2"><b>Michigan Democrats push for marriage equality</b></font></p><p><font size="2">Yesterday, Democrats in the Michigan state senate announced their intent to introduce legislation repealing the state’s same-sex marriage ban. </font></p><p><font size="2">"Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor says polling shows more Michiganders support gay marriage than just a year ago. She also said that married couples enjoy a host of legal protections, and removing Michigan’s ban would ensure gay couples can be legal parents to their adoptive children," according to the Associated Press.</font></p><p><font size="2"><b>Snyder comments on sale of DIA collection</b></font></p><p><font size="2">"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he hopes Detroit’s financial crisis doesn’t force emergency manager Kevyn Orr to sell off items from the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art... Orr says the DIA’s collection could face sale if Detroit seeks bankruptcy protection.<font size="2">..</font>Snyder said yesterday at the Mackinac Policy Conference that the DIA is ‘important to the livelihood of the city" and that "the goal is not to sell the assets of the DIA in a wholesale fashion,’" the Associated Press reports. </font></p><p><font size="2"> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:00:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12804 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Bush at Mackinac, push to repeal gay marriage ban, Snyder on DIA City Council approves $1 billion Detroit budget http://michiganradio.org/post/city-council-approves-1-billion-detroit-budget <p>The Detroit City Council has <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130524/METRO01/305240358/Detroit-council-OKs-Bing-s-1-1B-budget-amendments?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">approved a more than $1 billion budget </a>for the city’s upcoming fiscal year.</p><p>That budget is nearly the same as the<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-12/detroit-mayor-dave-bing-proposes-1-billion-municipal-budget-1-.html"> one Mayor Dave Bing proposed last month</a>.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 22:37:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12741 at http://michiganradio.org City Council approves $1 billion Detroit budget The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-36 <p>In this week in Michigan politics, Michigan Radio’s Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss the possibility for an emergency manager for Detroit, lawsuits against the state’s right to work law and funding for dredging the Great Lakes.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:42:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 11214 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Lacking money and management, Detroit looks to "borrow" executives http://michiganradio.org/post/lacking-money-and-management-detroit-looks-borrow-executives <p>Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the city might “borrow” personnel to replenish its management ranks.</p><p>Bing says Detroit is “very stretched, very light at the management level” right now. The city has hacked away at its management ranks to cut costs in recent years.</p><p>Officials have said that lack of expertise, especially at the middle management level, is now holding back the city’s effort to make structural reforms—but there’s no money to fix it.</p><p>But Bing says the city is trying to get help another way.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:05:55 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10533 at http://michiganradio.org Lacking money and management, Detroit looks to "borrow" executives Snyder, Treasurer: Review should spur Detroit to move quickly to fix finances http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-treasurer-review-should-spur-detroit-move-quickly-fix-finances <p>Governor Rick Snyder says the Detroit mayor and city council are operating under some tight deadlines if they want to avoid a state takeover.</p><p>A formal state Treasury review of the city’s finances is underway.</p><p>Governor Snyder’s been critical of the slow pace and infighting that have delayed Detroit’s compliance with a consent agreement with the state.</p><p>Mayor Dave Bing and the city council took some actions this week, but the governor said things need to move more quickly.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:44:35 +0000 Rick Pluta 10341 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder, Treasurer: Review should spur Detroit to move quickly to fix finances State lawmaker says "dissolving Detroit" should be an option http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmaker-says-dissolving-detroit-should-be-option <p>Detroit is at a political impasse that could lead to a financial collapse next month.</p><p>Now, one state legislator is saying Lansing should consider “all its options”—including possibly dissolving the city as a municipality.</p><p>The idea of dissolving Detroit—and effectively merging it with Wayne County—has popped up occasionally in some business and political circles recently.</p><p>But mid-Michigan senator Rick Jones is the first official to publicly discuss that as an option.</p><p>Jones says Detroit’s local leaders just aren’t dealing with the city's fiscal problems—and having the state’s biggest city file for municipal bankruptcy would be “horrible.”</p><p>“I think everything is on the table,” Jones said. “ I would be willing to consider dissolving the city, if that’s what it took.</p><p>“One of the options could be actually dissolving the city of Detroit, and putting all of their functions back into Wayne County. That is possible.”</p><p>Still, Jones acknowledges this merger scenario is “unlikely.” He says the prevailing discussion in Lansing is about bankruptcy versus some kind of state intervention.</p><p>Lawmakers in Lansing are also considering passing a revised version of the emergency manager law voters overturned in November.</p><p>Detroit faces the possibility of running out of cash in mid-December. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:13:08 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10127 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmaker says "dissolving Detroit" should be an option Attempt to resolve Detroit cash crisis hits technical snag http://michiganradio.org/post/attempt-resolve-detroit-cash-crisis-hits-technical-snag <p>Efforts to resolve a dispute that’s pushed Detroit to the brink of financial crisis flopped again on Monday.</p><p>Mayor Dave Bing called a special meeting with the City Council, hoping Council members would approve a contract with law firm Miller Canfield.</p><p>Lansing is sitting on $30 million in Detroit bond money because Council didn’t approve that contract, which was part of a “milestone agreement” between Bing and state officials.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:49:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10071 at http://michiganradio.org Bing: Employee furloughs could get Detroit through cash crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-employee-furloughs-could-get-detroit-through-cash-crisis <p>Detroit mayor Dave Bing says he’ll resort to mandated employee furlough days before letting the city go broke.</p><p>The city is facing a likely $18 million cash shortfall next month. That’s despite having a consent agreement with the state that’s intended to avoid just such a crisis.</p><p>This week, the Detroit City Council voted down a contract with a law firm. That relatively small item was crucial to the city’s cash situation because it was part of a “milestone agreement” laying out conditions for releasing Detroit bond money the state is holding in escrow.</p><p></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 03:26:47 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10030 at http://michiganradio.org Bing: Employee furloughs could get Detroit through cash crisis Bing says Council actions force cash crisis; Council disagrees http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-says-council-actions-force-cash-crisis-council-disagrees <p>Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the Detroit City Council has <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121120/NEWS01/121120064/Detroit-City-Council-delays-vote-law-firm-contract-could-lead-cash-crisis-December?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">pushed the city to the brink of another cash crisis.</a></p><p>The Council voted Tuesday to reject a contract with the law firm Miller-Canfield.</p><p>Bing maintains that approving that contract was part of a so-called “milestone agreement” with the state, which is holding $30 million Detroit bond money in escrow.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 03:51:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10011 at http://michiganradio.org Bing says Council actions force cash crisis; Council disagrees Union chief: Detroit Fire Department in 'utter chaos' http://michiganradio.org/post/union-chief-detroit-fire-department-utter-chaos <p>The head of Detroit&rsquo;s firefighters union says the department is in &ldquo;utter chaos&rdquo; after new overtime restrictions came down this week.</p><p>City officials acknowledge the situation is difficult, but say it&rsquo;s under control.</p><p>Union chief Dan McNamara says <a href="http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/1072/manpower_crisis_in_detroit_fire_department_40_percent_of_rigs_out_of_service_today">the drastic overtime restrictions</a>&mdash;announced by memo to firefighters earlier this week--will basically cripple a fire department that&rsquo;s already understaffed.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 18:58:04 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8175 at http://michiganradio.org Union chief: Detroit Fire Department in 'utter chaos' Detroit's neighborhood city halls likely to disappear http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-neighborhood-city-halls-likely-disappear <p>Detroit&rsquo;s community access centers are one casualty of the city&rsquo;s ongoing cost-cutting.</p><p>The centers, also known as neighborhood city halls, get no funds in Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s proposed budget.</p><p>Their functions&mdash;like organizing the annual Angel&rsquo;s Night and Motor City Makeover campaigns&mdash;will be shifted to neighborhood recreation centers.</p><p>But Detroit City Council members question how that transition will work without any funding. Bing&rsquo;s proposed budget eliminates funding for several city departments.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 23:51:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7276 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder to propose consent agreement for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-propose-consent-agreement-detroit <p>Governor Snyder will lay out details of a proposed consent agreement to members of the Detroit City Council on Tuesday.</p><p>Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon, who leads the state review team looking at Detroit&rsquo;s finances, have suggested a consent agreement for weeks.</p><p>That measure could give the city&rsquo;s elected officials broad powers similar to those of an emergency manager.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:01:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6608 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder to propose consent agreement for Detroit Detroit Fire Department, already struggling, will have to "do more with less" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-fire-department-already-struggling-will-have-do-more-less <p>Detroit&#39;s Fire Commissioner says his department is at the end of its resources due to budget cuts.</p><p>Donald Austin spoke to a Detroit City Council committee meeting on Monday.</p><p>Even with the cuts, Detroit&rsquo;s Police and Fire Departments take up well over half of the city&#39;s budget. And both departments regularly go over-budget, mostly because of overtime.</p><p>Austin says it&rsquo;s proven almost impossible to cut overtime, when he has to fight so many fires in vacant buildings--which total 30-60% of all department runs, depending on the shift.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 23:50:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6508 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Fire Department, already struggling, will have to "do more with less" Detroit Council seeks more details on union agreements http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-council-seeks-more-details-union-agreements <p>Members of the Detroit City Council want more answers about how the city will avoid running out of cash.</p><p>Mayor Dave Bing hammered out tentative agreements with most city employee unions, including police and firefighters. They worked as<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120221/NEWS01/202210352/Detroit-scrambles-to-avoid-emergency-financial-manager"> a state review team continues to pore over Detroit&#39;s finances</a>, as part of the process that could lead to the state appointing an emergency manager for the city.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:00:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6316 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Council seeks more details on union agreements