saunteel jenkins http://michiganradio.org en Chilling new leadership in Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/chilling-new-leadership-detroit-city-council <p>Most people in Detroit yesterday were understandably focused on the bone-chilling cold, on attempts to get the streets cleared of snow, and to get those without heat to warming centers.</p><p>But something else happened that sent a chill through those trying to manage the city to a brighter future. The newly elected City Council chose its two top leaders yesterday.</p><p>I can tell you that virtually without exception, those trying to remake the city counted on Saunteel Jenkins being elected City Council president. Saunteel knows politics and people.&nbsp; She came from the mean streets, where her 14-year-old brother was shot dead by someone stealing his jacket.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:37:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15912 at http://michiganradio.org Chilling new leadership in Detroit City Council In 'a big surprise' to Detroit leaders, state to pay little for city's restructuring consultants http://michiganradio.org/post/big-surprise-detroit-leaders-state-pay-little-citys-restructuring-consultants <p>Detroit’s elected leaders are shocked that the state has put a strict limit on how much it will pay for the city’s many restructuring consultants.</p><p>Under a memorandum of understanding signed last year, the state agreed to reimburse Detroit for half the cost of those outside contractors.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131114/NEWS01/311140027/spending-cap-state-city-of-detroit-5-million">Detroit’s finance director told the City Council Wednesday</a> those reimbursements would be capped at $5 million.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15297 at http://michiganradio.org In 'a big surprise' to Detroit leaders, state to pay little for city's restructuring consultants This week in Michigan politics: Consolidating schools, creditors' bus tour, Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-consolidating-schools-creditors-bus-tour-detroit-city-council <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the proposal to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts">consolidate school districts</a> into county-wide systems, the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/orr-cancels-detroit-bus-tour-creditors-pull-out">canceled bus tour</a> for Detroit creditors, and the new changes on the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-elects-new-leaders">Detroit City Council</a>.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:43:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13455 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Consolidating schools, creditors' bus tour, Detroit City Council In this morning's news: Jenkins replaces Pugh, income tax bill, Orr meets with creditors http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-jenkins-replaces-pugh-income-tax-bill-orr-meets-creditors <p><strong>Saunteel</strong> <strong>Jenkins replaces Charles Pugh as Detroit City Council President</strong></p><p>"Saunteel Jenkins is the new President of the Detroit City Council. The Council voted on new leadership after it lost its two former top officials. Jenkins replaces Charles Pugh, who has vanished from the public eye amidst allegations of a questionable relationship with a teenager," Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-elects-new-leaders">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Proposed legislation would let voters eliminate income tax</strong></p><p>Republican state Representative Bob Genetski is sponsoring legislation that would let voters decide whether to get rid of the state's income tax.<br><br>"He supports raising the state’s sale’s tax to make up for the lost revenue. Former director of the state House Fiscal Agency Mitch Bean says the plan would leave an $8.5 billion dollar hole in next year’s state budget," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Orr cancels bus tour with creditors </strong></p><p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has canceled a planned bus tour meant to convince Wall Street creditors that the city's condition is dire and they should accept big losses on its debt.<br><br>"Orr says the tour could be rescheduled. But it increasingly seems that his negotiations with creditors are hitting a wall. City Council member Ken Cockrel echoes what many think--that resistance from creditors is speeding up Detroit’s timeline for a possible bankruptcy filing," Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:53:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13454 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Jenkins replaces Pugh, income tax bill, Orr meets with creditors Looking for information, Detroit Council subpoenas Mayor Bing http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-information-detroit-council-subpoenas-mayor-bing <p>The Detroit City Council wants information from Mayor Dave Bing, and they say <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120912/METRO01/209120399/Detroit-City-Council-votes-issue-subpoena-against-Bing?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">issuing a subpoena is the only way to get it</a>.</p><p>The Council voted Wednesday to issue the subpoena.</p><p>Council member Saunteel Jenkin said it came to this because Bing has ignored repeated requests for documents.</p><p>“And this isn’t just [a case of] we asked last week, and we didn’t get it this week,” Jenkins said.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:17:21 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9059 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council approves financial board picks, moves ahead with consent agreement http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-approves-financial-board-picks-moves-ahead-consent-agreement <p>The Detroit City Council is moving ahead to implement the city&rsquo;s consent agreement with the state.</p><p>The Council had delayed appointing its two members to a nine-member financial advisory board while the city&rsquo;s corporation counsel challenged the consent deal in court.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:12:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7901 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council approves financial board picks, moves ahead with consent agreement Detroit's neighborhood city halls likely to disappear http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-neighborhood-city-halls-likely-disappear <p>Detroit&rsquo;s community access centers are one casualty of the city&rsquo;s ongoing cost-cutting.</p><p>The centers, also known as neighborhood city halls, get no funds in Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s proposed budget.</p><p>Their functions&mdash;like organizing the annual Angel&rsquo;s Night and Motor City Makeover campaigns&mdash;will be shifted to neighborhood recreation centers.</p><p>But Detroit City Council members question how that transition will work without any funding. Bing&rsquo;s proposed budget eliminates funding for several city departments.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 23:51:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7276 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with Detroit Council member Saunteel Jenkins http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-detroit-council-member-saunteel-jenkins <p>At an open meeting of the financial review team in charge of evaluating the city of Detroit&rsquo;s finances, protesters on Monday afternoon interrupted the meeting chanting, &ldquo;No take over.&rdquo;</p><p>The financial review team reaffirmed that a financial emergency does exist in the city and that a consent agreement was their preferred approach to fixing the city&rsquo;s finances.</p><p>The city of Detroit and Michigan have yet to come to an agreement on how to stabilize the city&rsquo;s finances.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:42:10 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 6810 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with Detroit Council member Saunteel Jenkins