public safety millage http://michiganradio.org en Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-denied-federal-grant-pay-firefighters <p></p><p>The city of Flint will not be getting a major federal grant that would have paid to keep many city firefighters on the job.</p><p></p><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down Flint’s request for a nearly $8 million SAFER grant. The city has used two previous <a href="http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants">SAFER grants</a> to pay dozens of firefighters.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:53:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 17139 at http://michiganradio.org Flint denied federal grant to pay for firefighters Flint ties record for murders in the city http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-ties-record-murders-city <p>66 people were murdered in Flint in 2012. That ties a record homicide rate set two years ago.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s political, religious and civic leaders have been trying to do something about the city’s high violent crime rate. But gun violence has claimed more than 60 lives for the second time in three years.</p><p></p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling issued a statement, saying “it is clear that the problem of illegal and military-style guns is widespread and is a major contributing factor to” the city’s homicide rate.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:28:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 10573 at http://michiganradio.org Flint ties record for murders in the city Maintaining the "Status Quo" in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/maintaining-status-quo-flint <p>Flint’s Emergency Financial Manager says his job hasn’t changed, despite Tuesday’s vote to repeal Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager law.</p><p></p><p>Flint voters strongly supported repealing the law. Their city is among those that have complained the most about the draconian measures the law permitted state appointees to take.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:56:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 9828 at http://michiganradio.org Maintaining the "Status Quo" in Flint Detroit City Council rejects public safety millage proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-rejects-public-safety-millage-proposal <p>The Detroit City Council has <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120807/NEWS01/120807060/Detroit-City-Council-rejects-proposed-public-safety-tax?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">rejected an effort</a> to put a public safety millage on the November ballot.</p><p>The Detroit Police Department pushed hard for the five-year millage. It would have raised $56 million over five years to put 500 more &ldquo;boots on the ground,&rdquo; in Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee&rsquo;s words.</p><p>But the Council rejected the effort by a 7-2 vote.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 21:24:18 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8583 at http://michiganradio.org 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's mayor changes his mind on a new police headquarters http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-changes-his-mind-new-police-headquarters <p>Lansing&rsquo;s mayor is scrapping plans to build a new police headquarters, at least for now.<br /><br />Mayor Virg Bernero included more than&nbsp;$400,000&nbsp;in his budget proposal for next year to pay for design and engineering plans for a new consolidated police headquarters.<br /><br />But Wednesday,&nbsp; the mayor announced he wants to redirect that money to a fund to pay for 11 police officer positions currently supported by a federal grant that expires in 2015.</p><p> Thu, 17 May 2012 01:19:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 7506 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor changes his mind on a new police headquarters 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 Lansing city budget review entering final weeks http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-budget-review-entering-final-weeks <p>The Lansing city council may soon face a critical test to see if it might be able to override the mayor&rsquo;s plans for how to spend property tax money earmarked for public safety.</p><p>The Lansing city council is expected to vote in two weeks on the city&rsquo;s budget for next year. But one major point of contention between the council and mayor Virg Bernero remains.</p><p>Voters last year approved a special public safety property tax. The mayor wants to spend part of the revenue next year on hiring back more than a half dozen laid off police officers and renovate a city owned building for police operations.</p><p>But Council President Brian Jeffries and other council members would rather all the money be spent on hiring laid off police officers. But in the end, he says it&rsquo;s a question of numbers.</p><p>&quot;It takes five votes to amend the budget on the floor,&quot; says Jeffries, &quot;and once its passed it takes six votes to override a veto.&quot;</p><p>Jeffries says he hasn&rsquo;t polled his fellow council members on how they will vote on the mayor&rsquo;s public safety budget.</p><p>The council has until the middle of this month to act on the mayor&rsquo;s budget plan. Tue, 01 May 2012 04:06:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 7260 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city budget review entering final weeks Lansing's mayor defends budget plan http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-defends-budget-plan <p>City residents are questioning how Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero plans to spend money from a recent property tax hike.</p><p>The tax hike was approved last year. Many voters expected the money would be spent to hire back dozens of police officers and firefighters laid off in recent years. But Mayor Bernero&#39;s plan calls for bringing back just seven public safety officers.</p><p>Bernero says he&rsquo;d like to hire more cops, but the city can&rsquo;t afford it.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m not going to hire people that I&rsquo;ve got to turn around and fire tomorrow. I&rsquo;m not going to do it,&quot; says Bernero.</p><p>Some Lansing city council members complain the mayor wants to spend money on rehabbing a building for the police department. That&#39;s money they say could be spent hiring police officers.</p><p>Brian Jeffries is the Lansing City Council president. He wants more money spent on rehiring laid off police officers and firefighters.</p><p>&quot;We thought we&rsquo;d get more police out there.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s what we thought.&nbsp;&nbsp; We thought we&rsquo;d get more fire personnel out there,&quot; says Jeffries, &quot;Basically all we&rsquo;re being told is this is just going to back stop any future losses.&rdquo;</p><p>The city council has until the middle of May to approve or change the mayor&rsquo;s budget proposal. The council will hold its own public hearing tonight. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:23:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 7185 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor defends budget plan Doing "less with less" in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/doing-less-less-lansing <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero plans to tell the city council tonight&nbsp;how he plans to cut nearly five million dollars to balance the capital city&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>That fact that Lansing is only facing about a five million dollar budget gap next year is actually good news.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Last fall, the mayor&rsquo;s office was predicting the city might be facing up to a 15 million dollar shortfall.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:01:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 6778 at http://michiganradio.org Doing "less with less" in Lansing