lansing city budget http://michiganradio.org en Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-lays-out-balanced-city-budget <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says after nine years of deep budget cuts, the capitol city finally is entering a new fiscal year with a balanced budget.</p><p>Bernero unveiled his proposed city budget for next year last night.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero credits an uptick in property and city income tax revenues for the city’s improved budget picture.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>During&nbsp;the last nine years, the city of Lansing has trimmed its workforce by more than 30% and won contract concessions from its unions.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:21:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 16954 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget 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 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: 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 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 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 mayor highlights furlough days in his budget plan http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-highlights-furlough-days-his-budget-plan <p>Lansing&rsquo;s mayor says a combination of employee furlough days and union concessions are necessary to shrink a&nbsp;$4.7&nbsp;million&nbsp;budget gap&nbsp;next year. He laid out his budget plan to the city council last night.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero blames rising health insurance costs and declining property&nbsp;tax revenues for the budget gap.</p><p>&ldquo;We need&nbsp;to make some&nbsp;serious decisions,&quot; says&nbsp;Brian Jeffries,&nbsp; the president of the Lansing City Council,&nbsp; &quot;(The decisions are)&nbsp;going to be painful. &nbsp;&nbsp;Both in terms of the number of employees&hellip;as well as loss of services&hellip;and what does that actually means for the city.&rdquo;</p><p>The Lansing city council has until mid-May to come up with any changes to the&nbsp;mayor&rsquo;s spending plan. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 02:55:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 6798 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor highlights furlough days in his budget plan