darryl buchanan http://michiganradio.org en Flint budget deficit lower - Good news or 'politically suspect'? http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-budget-deficit-lower-good-news-or-politically-suspect <p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling said the city&rsquo;s budget deficit has been cut in half. Walling&rsquo;s opponent in next week&rsquo;s election said he doesn&rsquo;t believe the mayor.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor <a href="http://www.votewalling.com/">Dayne Walling </a>said a just completed review shows Flint finished its last fiscal year $7.34 million&nbsp;in the red. But that&rsquo;s about half of what was expected ($14.62 million). Walling said it&rsquo;s a sign budget reforms he&rsquo;s put in place over the past two years are working.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 17:44:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 4839 at http://michiganradio.org Flint budget deficit lower - Good news or 'politically suspect'? Review of Flint's financial health due today http://michiganradio.org/post/review-flints-financial-health-due-today <p>Today&nbsp;is the deadline Governor Snyder&nbsp;set to complete a review of the city of Flint&rsquo;s finances.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>When he appointed the financial review panel in September, Governor Snyder said he wanted to hear back from them by the end of October. However, what the governor will hear is unclear.&nbsp;</p><p>As of Friday, a governor&rsquo;s office spokeswoman said the review team was still analyzing its data. And Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said on Friday he had not heard from the panel since earlier this month.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The city of Flint is expected to end the current fiscal year more than 10 million dollars in debt. Flint leaders have cut the city&rsquo;s budget by about a third in recent years, trying to balance rising costs and shrinking tax revenues.&nbsp;</p><p>The financial review panel could recommend a variety of options to the governor. They include giving Flint&rsquo;s elected leaders more power to deal with budget decisions or handing over power to a state appointed emergency manager.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint city officials have said they hope to avoid a state takeover similar to the one in 2002. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4757 at http://michiganradio.org Review of Flint's financial health due today Flint mayoral race may turn on who voters believe can deal with the city's crime problem http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayoral-race-may-turn-who-voters-believe-can-deal-citys-crime-problem <p>Flint voters will elect a mayor November 8<sup>th</sup>. In a city beset by high unemployment and questions about how city hall&rsquo;s being run, <a href="http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/news-mostdangerouscitiesinamerica/11/">crime</a> is a central issue.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>At a recent meeting at&nbsp;the Flint YWCA, about two dozen people met to discuss&nbsp;crime prevention. Dave Beardslee was one of the people at the meeting. He said, right now, leadership is Flint&rsquo;s main problem.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;I think they could do something&hellip;they could pull the jacket off&hellip;roll up their sleeves and get out there with the rest of us. Be a leader. That&rsquo;s what we need is true leadership,&quot;&nbsp;</em>Beardslee said. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4725 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayoral race may turn on who voters believe can deal with the city's crime problem Crime is Flint's biggest problem, mayoral candidates agree http://michiganradio.org/post/crime-flints-biggest-problem-mayoral-candidates-agree <p>The two men running for Flint mayor agree on one thing: Crime is the city&rsquo;s biggest problem.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Incumbent Mayor Dayne Walling debated challenger Darryl Buchanan last night.</p><p>Flint recently topped the FBI&rsquo;s violent crime rankings.&nbsp;&nbsp; Flint has also been called one of the &#39;Dangerous&#39; cities in America.</p><p>Walling&nbsp;says he&rsquo;s tried to combat Flint&rsquo;s growing murder and violent crime rates &nbsp;with federal grants and community involvement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;We continue to put officers where they&rsquo;re most needed. &nbsp;We&rsquo;re using new technologies to better respond to the calls that are coming in,&quot;</em> says Walling.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But&nbsp;Buchanan&nbsp;says budget cuts Walling has made to Flint&rsquo;s police department are to&nbsp; blame for the rise in violent crime.</p><p><em>&quot;It is statistically significant&hellip;.that when you reduce the number of police on the streets&hellip;that violent crime goes up,&quot; </em>says Buchanan.&nbsp;</p><p>During the debate, Buchanan repeatedly referenced comments by Vice President Joe Biden during a&nbsp;visit last week to a Flint fire station.&nbsp; The vice president talked about how Flint&#39;s layoffs of police officers resulted in a rise in violent crime. &nbsp;</p><p>Walling blames the need for deep cuts in flint&#39;s budget on poor choices made by previous Flint city leaders, including Darryl Buchanan.&nbsp;</p><p>Last night&#39;s debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Urban League. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 01:36:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 4631 at http://michiganradio.org Crime is Flint's biggest problem, mayoral candidates agree Walling, Buchanan to face off in Flint's mayoral election in November http://michiganradio.org/post/walling-buchanan-face-flints-mayoral-election-november <p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling easily finished first in Tuesday&rsquo;s mayoral primary.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the race for the second spot on the November general election ballot was extremely close.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Dayne Walling says Tuesday&rsquo;s primary vote shows Flint residents understand the challenges he&rsquo;s struggled against during the past two years.&nbsp;&nbsp; The city&rsquo;s murder rate has soared. Flint&rsquo;s budget is strained.&nbsp;&nbsp; Still, Walling picked up nearly 50% of the votes cast in yesterday&rsquo;s 7 way primary.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 03:22:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 3585 at http://michiganradio.org Walling, Buchanan to face off in Flint's mayoral election in November Crime a major issue in Flint's mayoral primary http://michiganradio.org/post/crime-major-issue-flints-mayoral-primary <p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/07/flint_mayoral_candidates_talk.html">Seven candidates</a> will face off on Tuesday in Flint&rsquo;s mayoral primary.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are many issues facing the city of Flint:&nbsp; The need for more economic development, the city&rsquo;s budget problems.&nbsp; But the biggest issue appears to be crime.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:00:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 3532 at http://michiganradio.org Crime a major issue in Flint's mayoral primary The race for Flint mayor begins http://michiganradio.org/post/race-flint-mayor-begins <p>Tuesday&nbsp;is the deadline for anyone who wants to be the mayor of Flint to get their nominating petition filed with the city clerk. More than 2 dozen people have expressed an interest in being Flint&rsquo;s next mayor, including the man who currently holds the office.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.votewalling.com/">Dayne Walling </a>plans to turn in his nominating petitions before Tuesday&rsquo;s deadline. He&rsquo;s been mayor since a special election a few years ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been in the position for less than 2 years at this point.&nbsp; A lot of the work we&rsquo;ve had to do has been to clean up the old messes.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Not everyone is happy with the job Walling&rsquo;s done as mayor. Under Walling&rsquo;s watch, <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1744240/news/Report.Flint.homicides.spread.like.an.epidemic">violent crime has soared</a> as budget cuts forced the city to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record">lay off police officers.</a> Sun, 08 May 2011 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2376 at http://michiganradio.org The race for Flint mayor begins