walling http://michiganradio.org en The race for Flint mayor begins http://michiganradio.org/post/race-flint-mayor-begins <p>Tuesday&nbsp;is the deadline for anyone who wants to be the mayor of Flint to get their nominating petition filed with the city clerk. More than 2 dozen people have expressed an interest in being Flint&rsquo;s next mayor, including the man who currently holds the office.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.votewalling.com/">Dayne Walling </a>plans to turn in his nominating petitions before Tuesday&rsquo;s deadline. He&rsquo;s been mayor since a special election a few years ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been in the position for less than 2 years at this point.&nbsp; A lot of the work we&rsquo;ve had to do has been to clean up the old messes.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Not everyone is happy with the job Walling&rsquo;s done as mayor. Under Walling&rsquo;s watch, <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1744240/news/Report.Flint.homicides.spread.like.an.epidemic">violent crime has soared</a> as budget cuts forced the city to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record">lay off police officers.</a> Sun, 08 May 2011 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2376 at http://michiganradio.org The race for Flint mayor begins Flint's mayor, city council may soon take a pay cut http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-mayor-city-council-may-soon-take-pay-cut <p>Flint faces <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-can-issue-bonds-address-deficit-still-more-do">serious budget problems</a>. The city is struggling to absorb a nearly $20 million&nbsp;budget deficit. The state recently approved the city&rsquo;s plan to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/term/walling">sell $8 million&nbsp;in bonds </a>to reduce its debt. The city has also <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record">laid off</a> a hundred&nbsp; workers this fiscal year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This evening, the city is expected to take another, though much smaller step to reduce spending.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s Local Officers Compensation Committee meets tonight to decide whether to impose a ten percent pay cut for the mayor and city council. The cut would translate into about a ten thousand dollar cut in pay to the mayor and a few thousand dollars each for Flint&rsquo;s 9 city council members. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:35:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 1831 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's mayor, city council may soon take a pay cut Flint can issue bonds to address deficit, still more to do http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-can-issue-bonds-address-deficit-still-more-do <p>The city of Flint has scored a partial victory in its efforts to get its city budget deficit under control.&nbsp;&nbsp; But there is still more work to do. <a href="http://The Flint city council must still approve the $8 million bond issue. ">The city of Flint </a>is looking at a projected $17 million&nbsp;budget deficit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>City leaders had asked the state for permission to sell $20 million&nbsp;in bonds to stabilize Flint&rsquo;s budget. But the state only approved&nbsp; $8 million&nbsp;in bonds. The Flint City Council must still approve the $8 million&nbsp;bond issue.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling says that will help get the city through the current fiscal year. Flint has already laid off dozens of city employees, including police officers.&nbsp;</p><p>But Walling says Flint may need to cut $12 million&nbsp;in city spending next year. The mayor says a proposed change in state revenue sharing could force evcen deeper cuts next year.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We of course need to see where the state finally comes down with state revenue sharing when they&rsquo;re through with their budget process.&nbsp; Of course the legislature will have its say on the governor&rsquo;s proposal.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Flint, like other Michigan cities, stands to lose millions of dollars under the governor&rsquo;s proposed changes to state revenue sharing. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:13:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 1664 at http://michiganradio.org Flint can issue bonds to address deficit, still more to do Flint mayor proposes to 'shrink' city hall http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-proposes-shrink-city-hall <p>The city of Flint is facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit.&nbsp;&nbsp; And in his state of the city address tonight, <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/mayor/mayor.asp">Mayor Dayne Walling</a> proposed &lsquo;shrinking&rsquo; the size of city hall as one partial solution.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not giving up on Flint&hellip;and I know you&rsquo;re not either&quot;</p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 01:01:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 1422 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor proposes to 'shrink' city hall Flint making the case for a $20 million bond http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-making-case-20-million-bond <P>UPDATE 3:30pm</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The Finance and Claims Committe of the State Administrative Board unanimously passed the city of Flint's resolution requesting a $20 million fiscal stabilization bond.&nbsp;&nbsp; The resolution now goes to the full board February 15th.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>11:55am 2/0711&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint,_Michigan">Flint</A> city officials will be in Lansing&nbsp;Tuesday.&nbsp;The city has applied for state permission to get a $20 million&nbsp; ‘<A href="http://www.michigan.gov/buymichiganfirst/0,1607,7-225-48756-21005--,00.html">fiscal stabilization bond.'&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Flint is facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit this year and other long-term debts.&nbsp;<A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayne_Walling">Flint mayor Dayne Walling </A>says the city needs the money to help keep the city afloat financially.&nbsp;</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>“There is nothing more important for our city right now than the bond.&nbsp;&nbsp; We’ve been carrying a crushing load of past deficits on our shoulders.&nbsp; And we’ve come to the point where the pooled cash is not there to make payroll throughout the entire month of March without an infusion of cash.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Walling is optimistic state officials will approve their bond request.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>“If this, for some reason, were not approved by the State Administrative Board, then we’ll get right back to the table with Treasury and we’ll talk about what our options are."</P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;If the city of Flint can’t get the money it needs, the state may eventually takeover Flint’s finances. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 16:55:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 1188 at http://michiganradio.org Flint making the case for a $20 million bond Flint moving ahead with police layoffs, after city breaks murder rate record http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record <P>Flint has set a new record for murders in the city in a single year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>This comes at a time when the city plans to lay off 20 police officers later this week.&nbsp;</P> <P>Flint recorded its 62<SUP>nd</SUP> murder of the year on Monday.&nbsp; That broke Flint’s previous record of 61 murders in a year set back in 1986, when the city of Flint was much larger. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 22:47:19 +0000 571 at http://michiganradio.org Flint moving ahead with police layoffs, after city breaks murder rate record Firefighters reject contract concessions, police sent layoff notices http://michiganradio.org/post/firefighters-reject-contract-concessions-police-sent-layoff-notices <p>A contract dispute between Flint's mayor and the city's public safety unions escalated Tuesday.<br> <br> Tuesday, the city of Flint sent layoff notices to 20 police officers. The city and the police unions have not been able to agree on major contract concessions to help reduce a projected budget deficit.<br> <br> Also on Tuesday, Flint firefighters rejected a proposal to slash their current contract by nearly 10 percent. Union president Raul Garcia says Flint firefighters were upset that agreeing the concessions would not protect them from future layoffs.<br> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:17:35 +0000 411 at http://michiganradio.org Firefighters reject contract concessions, police sent layoff notices Flint police officers will not get layoff notices this week http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-officers-will-not-get-layoff-notices-week <P>Flint police officers will not be getting layoff notices this week after all.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;50 city workers are expected to lose their jobs to help ease the city’s budget crisis.</P> <P>&nbsp;But Flint mayor Dayne Walling says there will be no layoff notices sent to city police officers or firefighters this week.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says layoff notices will be sent to Flint public safety employees after the holiday weekend, though contract talks with the city’s police officers continue.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>"We have a number of informal conversations that are taking place and we will c Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:18:23 +0000 375 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police officers will not get layoff notices this week Layoff notices going out in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/layoff-notices-going-out-flint <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The city of Flint has started sending out layoff notices to city employees.<BR>But so far, none of the notices have gone out to those who work in public safety.<BR>The city of Flint is wrestling with an estimated 5 million dollar short fall in this year’s city budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The mayor wants the city’s unions to absorb about half of that deficit with double digit wage and benefit concessions.</P> <P>Without the concessions, the city is looking to layoff up to 50 city workers.<BR>Layoff notices went out to temporary and seasonal city workers Monday.<BR>The head of F Tue, 23 Nov 2010 20:51:55 +0000 367 at http://michiganradio.org Layoff notices going out in Flint