lansing city council http://michiganradio.org en Lansing city leaders look forward to working on a 'balanced' budget for a change http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-leaders-look-forward-working-balanced-budget-change <p>For the first time in a decade, Lansing leaders will be working this year on a city budget without having to consider millions of dollars in cuts.</p><p></p><p>Declining tax revenues have forced Lansing city government to shrink during the past decade.</p><p></p><p>The capitol city has eliminated about a third of its city workforce.</p><p></p><p>But on Thursday, Mayor Virg Bernero announced that next year’s city budget is projected to be balanced.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16270 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city leaders look forward to working on a 'balanced' budget for a change No drama as Lansing city council selects a president http://michiganradio.org/post/no-drama-lansing-city-council-selects-president <p>The Lansing City Council picked a new president last night.</p><p></p><p>It’s a routine bit of government business that in recent years has been anything but routine.</p><p></p><p>Sharp divisions between the supporters and opponents of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero have made the selection of a council president quite contentious during the past few years. Two years ago, the council needed a dozen votes to select a president. Last year, the selection process was rife with angry accusations.</p><p></p><p>But last night, A’Lynne Boles was elected president with little drama.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 02:37:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 16006 at http://michiganradio.org No drama as Lansing city council selects a president Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-hopes-tuesdays-election-results-will-end-city-council-sniping <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says he hopes Tuesday’s election results will put an end to “sniping” in city politics.</p><p>Bernero easily won his third term as the capitol city’s mayor.&nbsp; His slate of city council candidates also won.&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero says the results show voters want to end the gridlock on the Lansing city council.</p><p>“This is realignment.&nbsp; This is the voters saying to the council ‘Get with the program’.”]</p><p>Bernero believes it’s his ‘program’ the voters want.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:35:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 15154 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' Lansing city council will discuss budget priorities Monday night http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-will-discuss-budget-priorities-monday-night <p>The Lansing city council Monday night will spend some time trying to prioritize how the city should spend its money.</p><p>The city council is required to deliver its budget priorities for the year ahead to the mayor&rsquo;s office by October First.</p><p>Carol Wood is the Lansing city council president.</p><p>She says the mayor&rsquo;s office is supposed to incorporate the council&rsquo;s priorities as it begins the process of drafting the next fiscal year&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>Wood says the council is looking at a wide variety of ideas.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14620 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council will discuss budget priorities Monday night In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-bankruptcy-flint-school-district-deficit-st-petersburg-russia <p><strong>Detroit bankruptcy is topic of national conversation</strong></p><p>Snyder, Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing appeared on Sunday morning talk shows yesterday to talk about filing bankruptcy for Detroit. Snyder said he will push to protect the retired city workers whose pensions are on the table. He said the bankruptcy filing included protections for retirees and urged them to remain calm. Orr said on "Fox News Sunday" that there are going to have to be "concessions." Bing on ABC's "This Week" said now that bankruptcy has been filed, leaders have to take a step back before making a decision on a federal bailout.</p><p><strong>Flint school district faces more</strong> <strong>budget cuts</strong></p><p>The Flint School Board will take up a Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow night. The district is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-educators-take-school-districts-deficit-elimination-plan-week">wrestling with a nearly 16 million dollar deficit</a>. The Flint school district has made deep budget cuts but more cuts are likely if the district follows the plan to eliminate its deficit by June 2016. The Flint School Board has until July 31st to send its deficit elimination plan to the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lansing may end its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council will be meeting tonight to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-leaders-will-discuss-their-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia">discuss its sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</a>. St. Petersburg recently passed an anti-gay ordinance and police there arrested people at an LGBT rally. Members say they want to send a message to St. Petersburg officials by canceling Lansing’s two decade sister cities relationship with the city.<br> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:45:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13623 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia Anti-gay laws in Russia may end sister-city relationship in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-gay-laws-russia-may-end-sister-city-relationship-michigan <p>The city of Lansing may end its sister-city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia.</p><p>The Russian city recently passed an anti-homosexual ordinance and arrested people during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rally.</p><p>Jody Washington is a Lansing City Council member. She says Michigan’s capital city shouldn’t have any kind of friendly agreement with a city that violates human rights.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:51:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 13549 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-gay laws in Russia may end sister-city relationship in Michigan In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, race for US Senate seat, Lansing city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-expansion-race-us-senate-seat-lansing-city-budget <p><strong>Governor urging legislature to expand Medicaid </strong></p><p>“Governor Rick Snyder is urging the Legislature to act on expanding Medicaid before the end of June and the beginning of the summer recess. The governor says the Medicaid expansion is a cost-saver for taxpayers, businesses, and hospitals because it would reduce expensive emergency visits by uninsured patients. Some Republicans are calling for time limits and benefit caps before they’ll consider the expansion. The governor says he’d like to wrap up the expansion in time to start enrolling new Medicaid patients in January,” Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Terri Land expected to announce candidacy for Senator Carl Levin's seat</strong></p><p>“Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is expected to announce today whether she intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Carl Levin. So far Democratic Congressman Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township is the only person who's announced his candidacy; Terri Land would be the first Republican candidate to formally step into the race. Land easily won two statewide elections serving as secretary of state from 2003 to 2011; before that she served as Kent County clerk,” Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith reports.</p><p><strong>Lansing city council will respond to mayor's vetoes</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council is expected to try to override the mayor’s budget vetoes tonight, but the council does not appear to have enough votes to do it. Six of the council's eight members would need to vote to override the vetoes, but as Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-scheduled-try-override-mayors-budget-vetoes-evening">reports</a>, “that appears unlikely.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:57:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12844 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, race for US Senate seat, Lansing city budget Lansing's mayor vetoes city council changes to his budget plan http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-vetoes-city-council-changes-his-budget-plan <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero today vetoed all the changes the city council made to his budget plan for next year.</p><p>The city council passed a budget on Monday that axed many of the mayor’s spending priorities in order to avoid new streetlight and fire hydrant fees.&nbsp; The fees would have added up to about 46 dollars a year for the average Lansing Board of Water and Light residential customer.&nbsp;</p><p>Money for road repairs, economic development, city IT services and personnel hiring were among the line items the city council axed from the budget.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:04:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 12718 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor vetoes city council changes to his budget plan Lansing's mayor threatens to veto parts of city budget approved by the city council last night http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-threatens-veto-parts-city-budget-approved-city-council-last-night <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has a long list of items he plans to veto in the budget passed by the city council last night.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council struggled for three hours trying to agree on amendments to the proposed city budget for next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The numbers got so confused, the council took a forty minute break to give the city’s finance director time to figure out if the budget was still balanced, as it’s legally required to be.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the meeting was extremely disorganized.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 04:24:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 12655 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor threatens to veto parts of city budget approved by the city council last night In this morning's news: possible cap on FOIA fees, Lansing's budget showdown, education for inmates http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-possible-cap-foia-fees-lansings-budget-showdown-education-inmates <p><strong>Legislation in Michigan House could cap FOIA fees</strong></p><p>There is new legislation up for initial hearing this week in Lansing. It is a response to local governments and state agencies charging hefty fees for people to see government records.</p><p>"One of the bills would limit most charges for requests filed under the state’s Freedom of Information Act to no more than 10 cents a page. Another would create a Michigan Open Government Commission to hear challenges to government denials of information requests," Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Lansing City Council vs. Mayor Virg Bernero</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council will vote tonight on a budget for next year. Michigan Radio's Steve <span>Carmody</span> <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-votes-fy2014-budget-tonight" target="_blank">reports</a> that "the vote will likely put the council at odds with Mayor <span>Virg</span> <span>Bernero</span>."&nbsp;</p><p>The mayor wants to add annual fees for city water and electricity customers. Conversely, the council wants to make several spending cuts including eliminating several new positions the mayor wants to add to the city's payroll. Mayor Virg Bernero will have until Thursday to veto parts of the city budget he doesn’t like. The Lansing city council has until early June to try to override the mayor’s expected vetoes.</p><p><strong>Higher education opportunities piloted in Michigan prisons</strong></p><p>"After years without funding for prisoners to access higher education, the Michigan Department of Corrections is immersed in several efforts to teach community college courses and vocational training in-house to a small number of inmates who are near parole. Michigan will join a pilot project that hopes to gather enough evidence to possibly resurrect publicly supported postsecondary education in prisons nationally," reports <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130520/METRO/305200336/Michigan-aims-expand-education-inmates?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit News</a>.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:52:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12637 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: possible cap on FOIA fees, Lansing's budget showdown, education for inmates Lansing city council approves "unenforceable" resolution on city computer use http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-approves-unenforceable-resolution-city-computer-use <p>Last night, the Lansing city council took the unusual step of passing a resolution that the city attorney says is “unenforceable”.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The resolution is intended to define how city council members themselves can use their city issued lap top computers.&nbsp;&nbsp; The resolution came about in the wake of allegations that one of the city council members had misused their laptop.</p><p></p><p>A’Lynne Boles-Robinson is the council vice president.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 03:34:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 12334 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council approves "unenforceable" resolution on city computer use Lansing's mayor wants city utility customers to help close the city's projected budget deficit http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-wants-city-utility-customers-help-close-citys-projected-budget-deficit <p>Lansing’s mayor is proposing its municipal utility customers pay more to balance the city’s budget next year.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero outlined his budget plan to the city council last night.&nbsp;&nbsp; Bernero says the city’s budget problems are not quite as serious as expected. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The mayor says better than expected property tax collections and lower than expected city employee health care costs had cut the project budget deficit in half.</p><p></p><p>Still, Bernero says the city needs to close about a five million dollar budget gap.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:59:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 11861 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor wants city utility customers to help close the city's projected budget deficit The Lansing City Council will select its leadership on Thursday http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-will-select-its-leadership-thursday <p>The Lansing City Council picks a new council president tomorrow. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It’s a selection process that has proved contentious in the past.</p><p></p><p>Last year, it took a deadlocked Lansing City Council more than a dozen votes to break a four to four stalemate to select a city council president.</p><p></p><p>The deadlock summed up the even political split on the city council.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:51:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 10587 at http://michiganradio.org The Lansing City Council will select its leadership on Thursday Lansing city council irked by mayor's trip to Italy http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-irked-mayors-trip-italy <p>Lansing city council members are upset that the city’s mayor left last week on a trip to Europe and didn’t bother to tell them.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero is on a week-long ‘economic mission’ in Italy. But city council members first heard the mayor was gone from news reports.</p><p></p><p>The mayor’s spokesman says Bernero remains in contact with the city by phone and email.</p><p></p><p>Councilwoman Carol Wood says that's not good enough if there is a sudden crisis.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:43:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 10002 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council irked by mayor's trip to Italy Voters to decide how often the Lansing City Council should meet http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-decide-how-often-lansing-city-council-should-meet <p>Lansing voters will decide Tuesday how often they want their city council to meet.</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council is required to meet 50 times a year.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s far more often than most councils.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 12:11:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 8531 at http://michiganradio.org Voters to decide how often the Lansing City Council should meet Lansing mayor uses his veto pen, city council president "disappointed" http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-uses-his-veto-pen-city-council-president-disappointed <p>Mayor Virg Bernero today vetoed a portion of the city budget plan approved by the Lansing City Council Monday night.&nbsp;<br /><br />The city council now has two weeks to see if it can override the veto.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:16:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 7608 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor uses his veto pen, city council president "disappointed" Lansing City Council passes budget, mayor's veto looms http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-passes-budget-mayors-veto-looms <p>In the next few days, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is expected to veto all or part of the budget plan the city council passed.&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero indicated his intention to veto the budget during a sometimes contentious city council meeting last night.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He did little, if anything, to conceal his contempt for the changes the city council made to the budget plan he submitted two months ago. Tue, 22 May 2012 03:06:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 7557 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing City Council passes budget, mayor's veto looms Lansing City Council votes on budget plan tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-votes-budget-plan-tonight <p>The Lansing City Council will vote this evening on the city&rsquo;s budget plan for next year.</p><p>The vote may set up a veto fight with Lansing&rsquo;s mayor.</p><p>Back in March, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told the city council how he thought the city should try to deal with a projected $4.7 million budget deficit next year.&nbsp;</p><p>Tonight, it&rsquo;s the city council&rsquo;s turn.</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7542 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing City Council votes on budget plan tonight Rising pension costs may sink plans to hire more cops in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/rising-pension-costs-may-sink-plans-hire-more-cops-lansing <p>Rising pension costs may throw a monkey wrench into the city of Lansing&rsquo;s plans to hire police officers next year.</p><p>Lansing&rsquo;s mayor proposed using money from a special public safety millage to rehire nine laid off police officers. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;But the mayor&rsquo;s office released a draft report Monday which says the city will have to come up with nearly two million dollars next year to cover rising police and fire pension costs. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 01:34:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 7469 at http://michiganradio.org Rising pension costs may sink plans to hire more cops in Lansing Lansing City Council delays budget vote http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-delays-budget-vote <p>The Lansing City Council is taking more time to review next year&rsquo;s budget plan.</p><p>Council has delayed its vote on the budget from May 14th to May 21st.</p><p>Councilwoman Carol Wood says there are &ldquo;holes&rdquo; in the mayor&rsquo;s budget plan.</p><p>&ldquo;Those holes have not been plugged. All we&rsquo;re being told is they might be filled,&quot; says Wood,&nbsp; &quot;And I can&rsquo;t pass in good conscience for the taxpayers of the city of Lansing. I can&rsquo;t pass a budget that way.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 16:38:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 7381 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing City Council delays budget vote