lansing state of the city http://michiganradio.org en Lansing is facing 'painful' cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-facing-painful-cuts <p>“Painful” cuts to Lansing’s city budget are being predicted by the man heading a task force studying the capitol city’s budget problems.</p><p></p><p>David Hollister leads the mayor’s Financial Health team. He appeared before the Lansing City Council last night to update them on his committee’s work.</p><p></p><p>Hollister didn’t mince words telling the council that “painful” choices will have to be made to eliminate a projected nine million dollar budget shortfall next year.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:43:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 11090 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing is facing 'painful' cuts Looking for other ideas to solve Lansing's budget woes http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-other-ideas-solve-lansings-budget-woes <p>A special committee set up to study the city of Lansing’s financial problems heard from the public last night.</p><p></p><p>The committee’s preliminary report is due March 1st. The panel is looking at changes to Lansing’s retirement plan and other possible spending cuts.</p><p></p><p>Several dozen people showed up last night to share their ideas. UAW vice president Stan Shuck doesn’t want any more cuts to city employees and city services. &nbsp;He wants to see ideas for raising revenue.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:48:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 11048 at http://michiganradio.org Looking for other ideas to solve Lansing's budget woes Lansing's mayor says privatizing the city's power company is not going to happen on his watch http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-says-privatizing-citys-power-company-not-going-happen-his-watch <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero’s State of the City address celebrated recent positive economic news for the capitol city.</p><p></p><p>But perhaps the biggest applause line in the speech last night involved the future of Lansing’s city-owned utility.</p><p></p><p>Last year, Mayor Virg Bernero appointed a committee to study ways of solving Lansing’s chronic budget problems. &nbsp;&nbsp;One option the panel has been looking at is privatizing the Lansing Board of Water and Light.</p><p></p><p>But Bernero says he wants that idea off the table.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:04:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 10977 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor says privatizing the city's power company is not going to happen on his watch Lansing mayor to deliver State of the City address tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-deliver-state-city-address-tonight <p>Lansing’s mayor plans to celebrate the city’s recent growth in manufacturing in his State of the City address tonight night. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But the city’s lingering financial problems will also be on the agenda.</p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero has used his previous seven State of the City addresses to highlight positive economic news in the capitol city. He’ll do the same thing this year.</p><p></p><p>Bernero says he plans to talk about expanding auto production in the Lansing area as well as mention other downtown development projects.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10951 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor to deliver State of the City address tonight Lansing mayor touts changes, warns of budget 'pain' in 'State of the City' address http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-touts-changes-warns-budget-pain-state-city-address <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero painted a generally optimistic picture in his &lsquo;State of&nbsp;the City&rsquo; speech last night. But the mayor also raised the specter of an emergency manager as well.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Unlike Flint&hellip;Pontiac&hellip;Benton Harbor and others who ignored the warning signs&hellip;we will not falter&hellip;we will act,&quot; Bernero&nbsp;told a capacity crowd inside the Accident&nbsp;Fund insurance&nbsp;company building&nbsp;last evening.</p><p>The&nbsp;mayor&nbsp;veered away from the positive tone that dominated his &lsquo;State of the City&rsquo; address when he referenced Michigan cities that have fallen under the power of emergency managers.</p><p>No one&rsquo;s talking about an emergency manager for the capitol city. But after the speech,&nbsp;Bernero said planning for next year&rsquo;s city budget will be&nbsp;&#39;ugly&#39; and&nbsp;&#39;painful&#39;,&nbsp;when it comes to closing a projected $7,000,000 budget deficit.</p><p>&quot;The point is tough decisions must be made,&quot; Bernero says, &quot;If we don&rsquo;t, the state will be there&hellip;to swoop in and do it for us.&rdquo;</p><p>Bernero&rsquo;s &lsquo;State of the City&rsquo; address mainly touched upon common themes the mayor has spoken about in the past, including&nbsp;the need for regional cooperation with other local governments and aggressive economic development. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:12:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 6014 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor touts changes, warns of budget 'pain' in 'State of the City' address