inkster http://michiganradio.org en ACLU seeks to prevent eviction of domestic violence victim http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-seeks-prevent-eviction-domestic-violence-victim <p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan&nbsp; have asked the Inkster Housing Commission to drop its effort to evict a pregnant woman from one of its apartments. They say the Commission is evicting her because of domestic violence she has suffered while a tenant.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:42:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15562 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU seeks to prevent eviction of domestic violence victim In this morning's news: School district consolidation, wolf hunt, Detroit City Council leadership http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-school-district-consolidation-wolf-hunt-detroit-city-council-leadership <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-schools-could-be-dissolved-under-bills-headed-governor">law</a> which would allow the state to consolidate small, financially struggling school districts with neighboring districts. Inskter in metro Detroit and Buena Vista in Saginaw County would be the first districts affected. Snyder also announced that a work group would be trying to develop a better system for fixing schools with looming financial problems.</p><p>"There is a new <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/you-could-be-asked-vote-two-michigan-wolf-hunt-laws-november-2014">petition drive</a> to put a referendum on a wolf-hunting law on the November 2014 ballot. If it’s successful, this would be the second ballot challenge to a Michigan wolf hunt. This drive takes aim at the new hunting law adopted after a previous ballot campaign turned in enough petitions to suspend the earlier wolf-hunting law," Rick Pluta reports.<br><br>The Detroit City Council is holding off on replacing its leadership over lingering legal questions. The Council will vote next week on who will replace Charles Pugh as Council President. Pugh has been missing for several weeks, and he <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-president-be-stripped-his-duties">has been stripped</a> of his pay and responsibilities. The Council will also select a President Pro-Tem, its second-highest leadership position.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:35:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13356 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: School district consolidation, wolf hunt, Detroit City Council leadership Buena Vista, Inkster schools could be dissolved under bills headed to governor http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-schools-could-be-dissolved-under-bills-headed-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan House has given final approval to bills that will allow the state to dissolve small, struggling school districts.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation now goes to Governor Rick Snyder.</span></p><p>The first two districts affected would be Inkster and Buena Vista.</p><p>They’re small, losing students, and don’t have enough money to open in the fall. Republicans say the legislation will ensure students have a place to go when classes begin. They also hope it will encourage struggling districts to consolidate.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:45:56 +0000 Rick Pluta 13182 at http://michiganradio.org Buena Vista, Inkster schools could be dissolved under bills headed to governor In this morning's news: Governor pushes Medicaid, teachers rally in capitol, GM receives top score http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-governor-pushes-medicaid-teachers-rally-capitol-gm-receives-top-score <p><strong>Governor cuts trip short</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder will return early from his trip to Israel today in order to lobby for Medicaid expansion. Snyder will encourage fellow Republicans to pass the legislation. “Today is the last day for lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion before their two-month summer break,” reports Jake Neher.</p><p><strong>Teachers protest education legislation</strong></p><p>Michigan<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/teachers-rally-lansing-more-support-public-education"> teachers rallied</a> in Lansing yesterday to protest legislation that would allow state officials to close struggling school districts.&nbsp; According to the Associated Press, “the legislation lets the state superintendent and treasurer dissolve a district with 300 to 2,400 students if certain criteria are met.”</p><p><strong>General Motors receives high ratings</strong></p><p>For the first time ever, General Motors topped the Initial Quality Survey released by automotive tracking firm J.D. Power.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/general-motors-vehicles-have-fewest-problems-first-90-days">reports</a> that GM received a better score than any other corporation in the study.&nbsp; She says "people are reporting very few mechanical problems.&nbsp; Most automakers have drummed out serious engine and transmission&nbsp;defects from their cars."</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:53:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13153 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Governor pushes Medicaid, teachers rally in capitol, GM receives top score Motown's Marvelettes nominated for spot in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame http://michiganradio.org/post/motowns-marvelettes-nominated-spot-rock-and-roll-hall-fame <p>Motown favorites, the Marvelettes, have been nominated for a spot in <a href="http://rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/the-marvelettes/">the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame</a>.</p><p>Starting out as a group of high school students in Inkster, the Marvelettes went on to give Motown its first number one single—the 1961 hit, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4">“Please Mr. Postman.”</a></p><p>From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:42:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9361 at http://michiganradio.org Motown's Marvelettes nominated for spot in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Panel: Oust Inkster judge for misusing court money http://michiganradio.org/post/panel-oust-inkster-judge-misusing-court-money <p>INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission says a Detroit-area judge should lose her job and repay $81,000 for putting public money to personal and other improper uses.</p><p>The commission announced its recommendation Tuesday after hearings on the conduct of Inkster District Judge Sylvia James.</p><p>Investigators say James misspent at least $100,000, either for her personal use or for community projects unrelated to the court.</p><p>The commission has sent its findings to the Michigan Supreme Court, which holds oral arguments on the case July 25 in Lansing.</p><p>James has denied any wrongdoing, and her lawyer Sharon McPhail says James is a &quot;hardworking judge.&quot; Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:20:02 +0000 The Associated Press 7853 at http://michiganradio.org Panel: Oust Inkster judge for misusing court money To trim budget, Inkster might cut police by half http://michiganradio.org/post/trim-budget-inkster-might-cut-police-half <p>A Detroit suburb may cut as much as half of its police force amid cost-cutting efforts. The Detroit News reports a budget passed Thursday by the Inkster City Council calls for trimming $2 million from the police department as part of an effort to avoid a state-appointed emergency financial manager. Councilman Dennard Shaw calls it a &quot;painful decision.&quot;</p><p>The number of police layoffs hasn&#39;t been determined. The newspaper says one estimate says as many as 21 officers could be cut, nearly half the force.</p><p>In March, Gov. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder-1">Rick Snyder</a> announced <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/inkster">Inkster </a>was in severe financial stress. A consent agreement, however, staved off an <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/emergency-manager">emergency manager </a>appointment. Under the deal, officials must provide the state with detailed plans for reduced spending or increased revenue to improve its budget. Fri, 25 May 2012 11:07:14 +0000 The Associated Press 7614 at http://michiganradio.org Inkster avoids emergency manager, Michigan governor approves 'consent agreement' http://michiganradio.org/post/inkster-avoids-emergency-manager-michigan-governor-approves-consent-agreement <p>Governor Snyder&nbsp;today&nbsp;signed off on a&nbsp;consent agreement for the city of Inkster.</p><p>The move will help the southeast Michigan city avoid getting an emergency manager.</p><p>A team appointed by the governor to review the city of Inkster&rsquo;s financial condition recommended a consent agreement with the city.&nbsp; The Inkster city council signed off on the agreement last week.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:32:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 6579 at http://michiganradio.org Inkster might be able to avoid emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/inkster-might-be-able-avoid-emergency-manager <p>It&#39;s looking like the city of Inkster might be able to avoid a state-appointed emergency manager as it works to improve its struggling finances.</p><p>A state review team Wednesday voted to accept a consent agreement with the southeastern Michigan city. It should be reflected in a recommendation the review team is expected to soon forward to Governor Rick Snyder regarding the city&#39;s financial situation.</p><p>A consent agreement would include conditions that city officials must meet, but local officials would remain in charge as long as the conditions are met.</p><p>Michigan officials began reviewing Inkster&#39;s finances late last year. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:40:39 +0000 The Associated Press 6439 at http://michiganradio.org Inkster financial review team gets more time to look at city's books http://michiganradio.org/post/inkster-financial-review-team-gets-more-time-look-citys-books <p>The team appointed by Governor Snyder to examine the city of Inkster&rsquo;s financial records is getting a little more time to finish its work.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A preliminary state review of Inkster&rsquo;s books found the city was in &lsquo;probably financial stress&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The review found city officials proposed unrealistic budgets and failed to make budget revisions in a timely manner.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The result:&nbsp; a&nbsp;multi-million dollar budget deficit.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:33:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 6024 at http://michiganradio.org Inkster judge placed on paid suspension, script to be flipped http://michiganradio.org/post/inkster-judge-placed-paid-suspension-script-be-flipped <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Last April, Inskster District Court Judge Sylvia James was placed on administrative leave </font>with pay after city officials leveled charges of financial mismanagement against her.</p><p>As Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/inkster-judge-investigated-spending-after-audit">Sarah Alvarez reported</a>, James &quot;could not explain why court funds were used to pay for travel, clothing, and other expenses.&quot;</p><p>Another judge took her place, and the State Supreme Court started looking into the charges.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:37:28 +0000 Mark Brush, Sarah Hulett & Rick Pluta 5446 at http://michiganradio.org Inkster judge placed on paid suspension, script to be flipped Michigan town grapples with shrinking public sector http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-town-grapples-shrinking-public-sector Tammi Warren has lived on the same winding street in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, Mich., all her life. But as she drives down the block in her Ford pickup, Warren points to several houses on her street that stand vacant, casualties of the housing market collapse.<p>Vacant houses mean less tax revenue for the city, and less revenue makes it harder for Inkster to provide basic city services.<p>"[The] city of Inkster has eliminated 38 positions," says City Treasurer Mark Stuhldreher. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:58:18 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5423 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan town grapples with shrinking public sector Motown's first #1 single happened 50 years ago, this week http://michiganradio.org/post/motowns-first-1-single-happened-50-years-ago-week <p>&quot;Please Mister Postman&quot; by The Marvelettes hit number one on Billboard Magazine&#39;s Hot 100 the week of December 11th, 1961. The group was formed by five high school students in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, originally going by the name The Casinyets (short for &ldquo;Can&rsquo;t Sing Yet&quot;).</p> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:13:54 +0000 Kyle Norris 5337 at http://michiganradio.org Motown's first #1 single happened 50 years ago, this week State officials launching preliminary review of Detroit's finances http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-launching-preliminary-review-detroits-finances <p>State Treasurer Andy Dillon announced today the state&#39;s intention to launch a preliminary review of Detroit&#39;s finances. The review will commence next Tuesday, according to Dillon&#39;s office. This post is being updated with information as it comes in.</p><p><strong>Update 5:06 p.m.</strong></p><p>MPRN&#39;s Laura Weber reports that State Treasurer Andy Dillon said he does not see bankruptcy as an option for Detroit.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t see that in the near-term, no, because if you look at the revenues coming into the general fund, it&rsquo;s a fixable issue for the city,&rdquo; said Dillon. &ldquo;Now the longer-term debt may present an issue that we&rsquo;ll have to figure out how to tackle down the road.&rdquo;</p><p>Dillon said this is the first step in a review of Detroit&rsquo;s finances and does not guarantee the city will be taken over by the state, but he said because Detroit is running out of money quickly, a review is time sensitive.</p><p><strong>3:15&nbsp;pm</strong></p><p>Mayor Dave Bing released this statement on the state&#39;s&nbsp;preliminary&nbsp;financial&nbsp;review&nbsp;a few moments ago:</p><p>&quot;While&nbsp;unfortunate, this decision by Governor Snyder is not unexpected.&nbsp; We believe we have the right plan to address the City&#39;s fiscal crisis and we will continue to work with City Council, our unions and other stakeholders to achieve the necessary cuts and concessions, including pension, healthcare and work rule reform. I&#39;m confident with yesterday&#39;s demonstration of solidarity and shared commitment that we will continue to make progress.&nbsp; We are committed to full cooperation with the Governor&#39;s fiscal team, who has had full access to the City&#39;s financial information and plan for months.&quot;</p><p><strong>Update 2:49 p.m.</strong></p><p>You can see a list of reasons why Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon feels a preliminary review of Detroit&#39;s finances is in order. Dillon released a &quot;<a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/Detroit Informational Memorandum.pdf">Detroit Informational Memorandum.</a>&quot;</p><p>In it, Dillion cites that Detroit has run deficits exceeding $100 million dating back to 2005.</p><p>Annual debt service requirements in Detroit for 2010 exceeded $539 million, according to the memo.</p><p><strong>2:15 p.m.</strong></p><p>A day after Detroit Mayor Bing stood with other city leaders to try to head off an impending state review of the city&#39;s finances, the Governor&#39;s office announces the review:</p><p>From MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta:</p><blockquote><p>State Treasurer Andy Dillon says the state will send in teams to review the finances of Detroit and Inkster. It is the first step in the process to name emergency managers to run the cities.&nbsp; But Dillon says his hope is that early intervention will help avoid that. Detroit city leaders including Mayor Dave Bing have spoken out against a state review.</p></blockquote><p>In a <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/Detroit_PreRevLetter_12-2-11.pdf">letter</a> to Mayor Bing and City Council President Charles Pugh,&nbsp;State Treasurer Andy&nbsp;Dillon&nbsp;cited the mayor and city council&#39;s ongoing inability to&nbsp;work cooperatively&nbsp;to financially manage the city;&nbsp;Detroit&#39;s recurring operating deficits; and the likelihood that the city will run out of cash in the spring. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 22:06:51 +0000 Mark Brush 5229 at http://michiganradio.org State officials launching preliminary review of Detroit's finances Inkster moves closer to emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/inkster-moves-closer-emergency-manager <p>The state took a big step today&nbsp;towards making&nbsp;<a href="http://inkster-latest-michigan-city-financial-stress">Inkster</a> the next&nbsp;Michigan city to fall under the oversight of an emergency manager.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Snyder has appointed a seven-member review team to delve deep into Inkster&rsquo;s city finances. A preliminary review has already found the city is in &lsquo;probable financial stress&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 20:09:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 5230 at http://michiganradio.org Inkster moves closer to emergency manager Police layoffs in Inkster, Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/police-layoffs-inkster-michigan <p>The city of Inkster is laying off twelve police officers amid a budget crisis. WXYZ-TV confirmed the layoffs with Inkster Police Chief Gregory Gaskin:</p><p>From <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/a-dozen-inkster-police-officers-will-be-laid-off-monday%2C-citizens-fear-a-rise-in-crime">WXYZ-TV</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Effective today, Gaskin confirms twelve police officers will be laid-off. Two other officers have resigned and four civilians were laid-off last week.</p><p>Chief Gaskin says some lieutenants and sergeants have also been demoted as part of their reorganization plan to make sure there is still an adequate number of officers to respond to calls.</p></blockquote><p>On November 9, the state Treasury Department announced that the city was in &quot;probable financial stress.&quot; <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/inkster-latest-michigan-city-financial-stress">Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody reported</a> a state-appointed emergency manager could be next:</p><blockquote><p>Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton says the city is having trouble solving a multi-million dollar deficit.&nbsp; &quot;And the review also found city official have proposed unrealistic budgets and failed to make budget revisions in a timely manner,&quot; Stanton says. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:53:44 +0000 Mark Brush 5152 at http://michiganradio.org Police layoffs in Inkster, Michigan Inkster is the latest Michigan city in "financial stress" http://michiganradio.org/post/inkster-latest-michigan-city-financial-stress <p>Another Michigan city is moving toward a state takeover.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The state Treasury Department announced today&nbsp; that a preliminary review of Inkster&rsquo;s books shows the city is in &quot;probable financial stress&quot;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton says the city is having trouble solving a multi-million dollar deficit.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;And the review also found city official have proposed unrealistic budgets and failed to make budget revisions in a timely manner,&quot; Stanton says.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:40:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 4913 at http://michiganradio.org Inkster is the latest Michigan city in "financial stress" State initiates review of Inkster's books http://michiganradio.org/post/state-initiates-review-inksters-books <p>The city of Inkster is the subject of a financial review by the state that could ultimately lead to the appointment of an emergency manager.</p><p>State Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton says the review was ordered after city officials informed the department about its financial difficulties. He says that&rsquo;s the goal of the state&rsquo;s revamped emergency manager law: to get information sooner, and work with municipalities to fix their problems:</p><p>&ldquo;And therefore perhaps have an opportunity to work collaboratively with a local unit to address any issues that are there.&rdquo;</p><p>The preliminary review will last up to 30 days. Michigan&rsquo;s new emergency manager law has spurred much controversy, a lawsuit, and an effort to repeal it at the ballot box. Critics of the law say it violates home rule. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:10:21 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4629 at http://michiganradio.org