results http://michiganradio.org en May 3rd Election http://michiganradio.org/post/may-3rd-election <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-966993.mp3</p><p>The voters sent an important message yesterday, to themselves and their communities, and indirectly to the politicians in Lansing. It&rsquo;s a message the governor and legislature need to hear.</p><p>Specifically, the people said that they are willing to pay more for services&nbsp; important to them. They aren&rsquo;t necessarily happy with the way things are going or with the people running things. In West Michigan area, they tossed out a boatload of school board members.</p><p>Yet the same voters renewed a number of millage proposals, often by wide margins. Sometimes they even voted to increase their taxes, when they were convinced services were necessary.</p><p>Grand Rapids narrowly voted to increase a rapid transit millage. Hudsonville voted millions to upgrade the school system.</p><p>This trend was especially strong in Southeast Michigan. Struggling, older blue-collar suburbs like Ferndale and Hazel Park have been hard hit by declining property values and a steep drop in state revenue sharing.</p><p>Yesterday, they asked their hard-pressed citizens for new money to keep up services.</p><p>These aren&rsquo;t people who have a lot of money, and many no longer have jobs. But they said yes. In tiny Clawson, the people voted more money for their library, a year after the voters in the neighboring and more affluent city of Troy voted to close theirs.</p><p>By far, the biggest story was in Southfield, a city of office towers and mostly well-maintained split-level and ranch homes north of Detroit. Seventy percent of its seventy thousand residents are African-American -- mostly middle-class families.</p><p>City leaders laid it on the line. They needed a five mill property tax increase, mostly for police and fire services, and they needed it now. Otherwise, they would have to lay off half the city&rsquo;s police and firemen. Residents knew what that could mean.</p><p>They voted the additional taxes by a margin of five to one. Now, these results do not mean that the voters are in a wildly spending mood. They seemed discerning. In Flint, they voted money to keep policemen on the job, but turned down a request for new funds to reopen it the city jail. In blue-collar Garden City, home of iconic rocker Mitch Ryder, officials asked for a twelve-mill increase. Voters said that was too much. They also were reluctant to combine services, such as police and fire. They said no to that in cities as different as Jackson and Harper Woods. Wed, 04 May 2011 15:34:34 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2342 at http://michiganradio.org May 3rd Election In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-104 <p><strong>Election Results</strong></p><p>Voters went to the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/its-millage-time-find-links-may-3rd-election-results">polls across Michigan yesterday</a> to decide a variety of issues, from school millages, to funding for public safety, transportation, and libraries.</p><ul><li>In Flint, voters<a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-split-public-safety-millages"> renewed a millage</a> that pays for more than a dozen police officers. Flint has struggled with a rising violent crime rate for the past few years. City police have investigated about ninety homicides in the last sixteen months, Steve Carmody <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-split-public-safety-millages">reports</a>. But, as Carmody notes, &ldquo;Flint voters narrowly rejected a millage request that would have reopened the city jail. Budget problems have meant the jail has only&nbsp;been used sporadically since the late 1980&rsquo;s.&rdquo;</li></ul><ul><li>Lansing&nbsp;city residents <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-turns-down-essential-services-millage">voted no on a millage</a> that would have kept public safety services from facing deep cuts. The millage would have increased city residents&rsquo; property taxes about four percent to raise about $8.5 million over five years, Sarah Alvarez <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-turns-down-essential-services-millage">reports</a>. Lansing faces a $20 million dollar budget shortfall next year.</li></ul><ul><li>Voters in Washtenaw County passed a <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-county-voters-approve-special-education-millage">special education millage renewal</a> in yesterday&#39;s election. That means local school districts and charter schools in the county will receive about $14 million dollars for special education services. According to <a href="http://electionresults.ewashtenaw.org/may2011/cumulativereport.html">unofficial election results released by Washtenaw County</a>, 76% of voters approved the millage renewal.</li></ul><ul><li>Supporters of a millage to fund and expand bus services in the Grand Rapids metro area celebrated a narrow victory last night, Lindsey Smith <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-area-supports-more-bus-servicesby-less-05-margin">reports</a>. More than 34,000 people cast ballots and the millage passed by just 136 votes. The bus system, known as <a href="http://www.ridetherapid.org/">The Rapid</a>, will now be able to serve riders later at night, on the weekends, and more frequently during the workday.</li></ul><ul><li>Jackson voters decided not <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vote-Yes-on-Public-Safety-Jackson/216178865064225?sk=wall&amp;filter=2">merge their city police and fire departments.</a>&nbsp;The proposal to create a single public safety department lost by a wide margin. Wed, 04 May 2011 12:06:29 +0000 Zoe Clark 2341 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Roundup of MI election results http://michiganradio.org/post/roundup-mi-election-results <p><strong>Governor</strong></p><p>Republican Rick Snyder beat Democrat Virg Bernero in the race for governor. Snyder says the state&rsquo;s economy and government have been broken for too many years and called for inclusiveness rather than divisiveness.</p><p><strong>Michigan Legislature</strong></p><p>It appears that Republicans have taken control of the Michigan House and added to their majority in the state Senate.&nbsp; That means the GOP now controls both houses of the Michigan legislature and the Governor&rsquo;s office.</p><p><strong>Michigan Congressional Races</strong></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 10:08:40 +0000 Zoe Clark 256 at http://michiganradio.org Roundup of MI election results The latest Michigan election results http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-michigan-election-results <p>We're updating the results as we get them.</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 06:04:01 +0000 Mark Brush 214 at http://michiganradio.org The latest Michigan election results Local election results http://michiganradio.org/post/local-election-results <p>We&#39;ve gathered up all the county election results sites in our listening area.</p><p><a href="http://info.michiganradio.org/electionmap.html"><strong><em>Click here to find your local election results</em></strong></a> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 12:25:32 +0000 Mark Brush 223 at http://michiganradio.org Local election results