funding http://michiganradio.org en Tecumseh Brewing Company is MILE's first crowdfunding success http://michiganradio.org/post/tecumseh-brewing-company-miles-first-crowdfunding-success <p></p><p>There's no shortage of talk about issues that divide our state lawmakers, so let's focus on something that virtually every lawmaker agreed was good for Michigan: our intrastate investment crowdfunding law.&nbsp;</p><p>It zipped through the state House and Senate with just one "no" vote and was signed into law late last year by Gov. Rick Snyder. All of that happened in just four months.&nbsp;</p><p>It's called the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE). It's a way of providing capital to existing and start-up businesses. We talked about this new intrastate crowd funding law a couple of months ago here on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, we look the first success story from MILE – the first business to reach its crowd funding campaign goal.&nbsp;</p><p>The Tecumseh Brewing Company used MILE to crowdfund its way to $175,000.&nbsp;</p><p>Kyle Dewitt is the co-founder of the Tecumseh Brewing Company &nbsp;and Chris Miller is the coordinator of the Downtown Development&nbsp;Authority and Economic Development in Adrian. They joined us on Stateside today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:29:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 17621 at http://michiganradio.org Tecumseh Brewing Company is MILE's first crowdfunding success Where will the money come from to fix Michigan's roads? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-will-money-come-fix-michigans-roads <p>Governor Snyder says he wants more than a billion dollars just this year to pay for road and bridge repairs.</p><p>Our state has seriously bad roads that lawmakers in Lansing appear to agree on.</p><p>How to pay for road repairs is a whole other story.</p><p>We’ve talked a lot on Stateside about the different options to raise the money for these repairs.</p><p>Many Republicans appear unwilling to vote for any increase in taxes.&nbsp; Amidst facing a possible primary challenge, would Republicans consider voting for any possible legislation?</p><p>There have also been concerns that this funding increase would mean local governments and schools would lose upwards of $850 million in funding.</p><p>For months, Governor Snyder has been trying to get support from lawmakers, but we haven’t seen a whole lot of progress on how to increase funding.</p><p>Recently, a state House committee has begun hearings on a road funding strategy.</p><p>Chris Gautz is the capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business. He sat down with us on Stateside to give us the details of the new proposal and how exactly it would work.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:30:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 12178 at http://michiganradio.org Where will the money come from to fix Michigan's roads? Great Lakes restoration funding survives budget cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-restoration-funding-survives-budget-cuts <p>People who are working on cleaning up the Great Lakes got some good news this week. After months of negotiations, the 2012 federal budget contains $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.</p><p>That money will be used to clean up pollution, deal with invasive species and restore wildlife habitat. A lot of these projects are already underway.</p><p>Jeff Skelding is the campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. He says in a time when many budgets are getting slashed, funding for Great Lakes cleanup will remain steady.</p><p>&ldquo;We have pretty much full support from both Republicans and Democrats in the Great Lakes Congressional delegation. I mean, they see the wisdom of infusing federal funding into the region, not only to clean up the Lakes which of course is very important, but the ancillary benefit we get from that is the economic benefits of investing these funds.&rdquo;</p><p>The budget also includes more than $500 million to help Great Lakes states upgrade their aging sewer systems. When it rains, the sewers often get overloaded, and raw sewage can wash up on beaches.</p><p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5508 at http://michiganradio.org Less money for cities to fix water systems? http://michiganradio.org/post/less-money-cities-fix-water-systems <p><em>by Julie Grant for The Environment Report</em></p><p>When Ernie Runions took the job as maintenance manager at the Senior Citizens Housing Center in Louisville, New York, he didn&rsquo;t realize how much time he&rsquo;d be spending in this small room. The water room. It&rsquo;s filled with water tanks and filters. Runions says the equipment cost about $25,000 and the price tag keeps rising.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s in terrible shape. It keeps falling apart. Every time we fix it, it&rsquo;s $5,000, $3,000. This place is right in the hole because of that.&rdquo;</p><p>We fill a bucket with the nursing home&rsquo;s water &ndash; before it&rsquo;s gone through the extensive filtering.</p><p>It smells bad, like eggs and iron. It&rsquo;s got a blackish tint, and it&rsquo;s got black particles floating in it.</p><p>Runions says even after the filtering, the elderly residents don&rsquo;t want to drink it. It&rsquo;s high in sodium, which can be bad for their health. And it smells like chlorine, which Runions uses to kill bacteria.</p><p>&ldquo;And they complain. They say the chlorine is making me itch, all the extra chlorine. I&rsquo;ve got red blotches all over my body, and my doctor says it&rsquo;s the chlorine from the building.&rdquo;</p><p>Town leaders say that until a few years ago, everyone used well water. And most people had some kind of problem with it. Nearly half the wells tested had coliform bacteria contamination &ndash; some suspected sewage was seeping into the wells.</p><p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:21:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5209 at http://michiganradio.org Less money for cities to fix water systems? Congress proposes big cuts for Great Lakes projects http://michiganradio.org/post/congress-proposes-big-cuts-great-lakes-projects <p>The U.S. House Appropriations Committee just passed a bill that contains some pretty major cuts to Great Lakes funding.</p><p>There are a couple of things being targeted:</p><p>One is <a href="http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/glri/">Great Lakes restoration</a> money. That&rsquo;s being used to clean up pollution, restore habitat and fight invasive species. That pot of money is facing a 17 percent cut.</p><p>There are also much bigger cuts aimed at a <a href="http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/cwsrf_index.cfm">program that helps cities upgrade their sewage treatment plants</a>... and keep the sewage from overflowing into rivers and lakes. That program&rsquo;s getting cut by 55 percent.</p><p>Jeff Skelding directs the <a href="http://healthylakes.org/great-lakes-congressional-watch/us-house-congressional-winners-and-losers-great-lakes-congressional-watch/coalition-opposes-funding-bill-that-guts-great-lakes-programs/">Healing our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition</a>. He calls the bill a huge step backward.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;And let me be crystal clear on the following point: gutting clean water programs will not save the country money. In fact, it will cost us more.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>He says problems like sewage contamination on beaches and invasive species are getting worse.</p><p>The bill could come up for a full House vote as early as this weekend.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:55:16 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3410 at http://michiganradio.org Congress proposes big cuts for Great Lakes projects Arts Patronage 2.0 http://michiganradio.org/post/arts-patronage-20 <p><a href="http://davidmacdonaldmusic.com/cv">Dave MacDonald</a> is finishing up his doctorate in music composition at <a href="http://msu.edu">Michigan State University</a>. When his friend asked him to compose a new piece for saxophone, MacDonald said sure, no problem. But there was one catch: he wanted to get paid.&nbsp;</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-966784.mp3</p><p><b>Arts patronage 1.0</b></p> Mon, 02 May 2011 01:30:34 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2296 at http://michiganradio.org Arts Patronage 2.0 Senate Democrats want K-12 funding constitutionally protected http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-democrats-want-k-12-funding-constitutionally-protected <p>Democrats in the Michigan Senate <a href="http://www.senate.mi.gov/whitmer/pr.php?id=1850">want a constitutional amendment passed next year</a> that would protect K-12 schools funding. The amendment would not allow community colleges and universities to tap money from the state&#39;s school aid fund.</p><p>At a news conference today, the Associated Press reports that Senate Minority Leader <a href="http://www.senate.mi.gov/dem/index.php">Gretchen Whitmer</a> (D) said, &ldquo;K-12 schools wouldn&#39;t need to absorb the $470-per-student cut Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing for 2011-12 if he wasn&#39;t trying to give nearly $1 billion from the $12 billion school aid fund to community colleges and universities.&rdquo;</p><p>Dawson Bell of the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110328/NEWS06/110328030/Democrats-move-block-Michigan-Gov-Rick-Snyder-from-using-State-School-Fund-money-colleges">explains</a>:</p><blockquote><p>To appear on the ballot, the proposal would need two-thirds majorities in both the state House and Senate. Whitmer and her Democratic colleagues believe a majority of Republicans, who control both chambers, would support the proposal. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:24:06 +0000 Zoe Clark 1815 at http://michiganradio.org Senate Democrats want K-12 funding constitutionally protected Arts leaders have 'faith' in Gov Snyder's commitment to the arts http://michiganradio.org/post/arts-leaders-have-faith-gov-snyders-commitment-arts <p>Arts advocates were in Lansing this week, but not to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/budget-protests-continue-lansing">protest Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s budget proposal</a>. They were there to talk about how the arts can help re-invent Michigan.</p><p>Ken Fisher is president of the <a href="http://ums.org">University Musical Society</a>. He says he has faith in Governor Snyder&#39;s commitment to the arts:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;He supported music and culture in Ann Arbor, he&rsquo;s got kids that play the trumpet, and I just hope he&rsquo;ll see the opportunity that the arts have to really be a partner to his plan.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Snyder&rsquo;s budget proposal calls for no cuts to current state arts funding.</p><p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:28:34 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1693 at http://michiganradio.org Arts leaders have 'faith' in Gov Snyder's commitment to the arts Funding cuts to Great Lakes restoration? http://michiganradio.org/post/funding-cuts-great-lakes-restoration <p>President Obama released his 2012 budget yesterday.</p><p>In it, he calls for major cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.</p><p>The goal of this multi-year program is to restore habitat... clean up pollution... and keep new invasive species out of the Lakes.</p><p>Initially, President Obama requested $475 million for the first year of the program. He got that under a democratic Congress.</p><p>Congress is wrestling with how much money to allocate for the second year (this current fiscal year).</p><p>President Obama's budget deals with the third year of GLRI funding.&nbsp; Obama wants to cut $125 million out of next year’s budget for the program.</p><p><a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=506">I talked with Jeff Skelding</a>, the campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, to find out what this might mean. He says:</p><blockquote><p>"The state of Michigan has a huge stake in this. They need their share of that funding to insure that restoration activities proceed forward under severely challenging economic times."</p></blockquote><p>Skelding calls the GLRI "probably the most historic restoration program ever enacted by Congress for the Great Lakes." He says there is strong bi-partisan support for the program from the Great Lakes Congressional delegation, which makes him hopeful.</p><p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:50:12 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1294 at http://michiganradio.org Funding cuts to Great Lakes restoration? Granholm wants 'Pure Michigan' funding http://michiganradio.org/post/granholm-wants-pure-michigan-funding <p><strong>Update 12/3/2010 6:18 AM</strong></p><p>After working into the early morning hours, the state legislature <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/lame-duck-comes-close">finished</a> their 2009-2010 legislative session this Friday morning.</p><p>Lawmakers approved $10 million dollars for the <a href="http://www.michigan.org/">'Pure Michigan'</a> advertising campaign.&nbsp; Governor Granholm <a href="../../../post/granholm-wants-pure-michigan-funding">had wanted</a> $25 million for the campaign. Democratic state Representative Dan Scripps said the deal could have been better:</p><blockquote><p>You know, we’ve put two options on the Senate’s desk, and the governor’s put a third one, and essentially they punted and raided from another pot and I just don’t think that’s the way to go. We can do better than this.</p></blockquote><p>___</p><p><strong>Update 12/2/2010 1:30 PM</strong></p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta just let us know that <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/gov">Governor Granholm's</a> office says she is trying to reach a deal to use economic development funds to get the <a href="http://www.michigan.org/Default.aspx?m=0&amp;NRC=TM_GG&amp;NRX=TM9775&amp;WT.srch=1&amp;gclid=CNu42-mgzqUCFZMl3wodMkedlg">'Pure Michigan'</a> advertising campaign back on the air.&nbsp;</p><p>As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101202/NEWS06/101202045/Leaders-haggle-to-rescue--Pure-Michigan-#ixzz16yx536WY">reports</a>:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">The Pure Michigan tourism ad campaign would be saved with a $25 million infusion from the state's 21st Century Jobs Fund, based on discussions today between lawmakers and Gov. Jennifer Granholm.</div></blockquote></div><p>The tourism industry has also been <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1731115/Michigan.News/%27Lame.Ducks%27.return.to.Lansing.">pushing hard</a> in the final days of the 2009-2010 legislative session to get state lawmakers to agree to fund the ad campaign. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 11:20:03 +0000 Zoe Clark 440 at http://michiganradio.org Granholm wants 'Pure Michigan' funding Soup, salad, & micro-funding http://michiganradio.org/post/soup-salad-micro-funding <p>Several Detroit artists have started what they call &ldquo;an experiment in micro-funding.&rdquo;&nbsp; Once a month they host a public dinner that costs five dollars. During the dinner, several local groups pitch ideas for a creative project they&rsquo;d like to do.&nbsp; Diners vote on the proposals and at the end of the night the winning project takes home the money raised from dinner.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 20:40:41 +0000 207 at http://michiganradio.org Soup, salad, & micro-funding