city council en 500 layoffs looming for Detroit employees <p></p><p>Nobody thought fixing Detroit’s debt woes was gonna be easy.</p><p>But these days, it might be especially painful for city workers and their families.</p><p>Some 2,000 pink slips have already gone out in the last few years. And now, another 500 cuts are scheduled for February.</p><p>It’s already worrying union leaders like Leamon Wilson. The president of the AFSCME Local 312 told the Detroit News that more cuts could cripple the city’s bus service. “You can’t deliver the service…It was already functioning at a bare minimum. I don’t see how anything is going to be functioning.”</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:09:09 +0000 Kate Wells 10574 at 500 layoffs looming for Detroit employees Pontiac's City Council challenges city's emergency manager <p>The Pontiac City Council is trying to reclaim its authority lost to the state-appointed emergency financial manager.</p><p>Louis Schimmel became the cash-strapped city's third emergency manager in 2011.<br><br>The <a href="">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that yesterday, all present council members approved a resolution demanding that authority over all city finances and financial decision-making be restored to the mayor and council.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:53:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8668 at Pontiac's City Council challenges city's emergency manager How often should the Lansing city council meet? <p>&nbsp;The Lansing City Council will talk about the benefits of&nbsp;meeting less often tonight.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The city charter requires the council to meet 50 times a year.&nbsp;&nbsp;City Clerk Chris&nbsp;Swope&nbsp;says, with that schedule,&nbsp;the council is wasting money.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just a matter of that cost but&hellip;we should be more efficient.&nbsp;People shouldn&rsquo;t have to watch 50 times a year to keep an eye on what the city council is doing,&quot; says Swope.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 5148 at How often should the Lansing city council meet? Detroit City Council continues hearings on budget <p>Budget hearings continue today in Detroit. The Detroit City Council&rsquo;s budget, finance and audit standing committee will discuss the city&#39;s Finance Department budget later this afternoon, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The Detroit City Council is continuing hearings on Mayor Dave Bing&#39;s proposed 2011-12 budget&hellip;</p><p>Bing presented his proposed $3.1 billion budget to the council last month. He says the city faces a $155 million deficit that could swell in several years unless there are more cuts, and payments to two city pensions and health care expenses are reduced.</p><p>Bing met Monday with union leadership where he detailed needed concessions to help cut into the deficit.</p><p>The council is expected to make recommendations or changes to Bing&#39;s proposal. The new fiscal year begins July 1. Tue, 03 May 2011 10:45:01 +0000 Zoe Clark 2319 at Mayor Bing to present budget to city council <p>Detroit Mayor <a href="">Dave Bing</a> will present his budget for the city later this morning. The Associated Press reports the budget will propose a five-year plan to wipe out the city&#39;s $150 million budget deficit. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Tuesday morning&#39;s presentation is the first step in the city&#39;s budget approval process heading into the new fiscal year that starts July 1.</p><p>It follows Gov. Rick Snyder&#39;s signature last month on a state law that gives more power to state-appointed financial managers, letting them toss out union contracts to help balance the books of distressed communities and struggling school districts.</p><p>Bing has fought often with city unions over concessions designed to cut into the deficit.</p><p>A union protest of Bing&#39;s proposed 2011-12 budget is planned Tuesday&#39;s afternoon outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:32:36 +0000 Zoe Clark 2033 at Mayor Bing to present budget to city council Mayor, Council to weigh in on new Detroit charter <p>A panel that’s drafting a new governing charter for Detroit will hear recommendations from the city’s mayor and city council this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="">Charter Revision Commission </a>is looking at everything that has to do with how Detroit operates: How many elected officials the city should have, and how much power they should wield. How to remove elected officials from office. How many departments the city should have, and what services should be mandated.</p><p>One issue on which the mayor and city council disagree is how big the city council ought to be.&nbsp;</p><p>There is agreement that the city should move away from its current system of electing members at-large, and have most council members represent districts. But Mayor Dave Bing thinks the council ought to remain at nine members, while the city council is pushing to expand it to 11.&nbsp;</p><p>The Charter Revision Commission is expected to have a draft document finished in March. A citywide vote on the charter is expected next November.</p><p>The Commission meets Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm, at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:22:10 +0000 Sarah Hulett 461 at Mayor, Council to weigh in on new Detroit charter