flint deficit http://michiganradio.org en Flint police turning to donors to meet needs http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-turning-donors-meet-needs <p>The Flint Police Department is taking a new approach to solving one of its biggest problems: money.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s declining tax base has meant deep cuts to the city’s police department for well over a decade. The result has been fewer police officers working with increasingly aging equipment.</p><p></p><p>The new Flint Police Foundation is intended to help fill the gap between the department’s needs and what its budget will allow.</p><p></p><p>The foundation will search for donors who can either provide cash or equipment.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16669 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police turning to donors to meet needs Court ruling may affect Flint's ability to pull itself out of financial mess http://michiganradio.org/post/court-ruling-may-affect-flints-ability-pull-itself-out-financial-mess <p>Flint leaders say a federal court decision is threatening the city’s ability to recover financially.</p><p></p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/01/health_care_cuts_halted_again.html">a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling</a> preventing the city from implementing cuts to retiree health care. &nbsp;The plan would make Medicare-eligible city retirees pay higher monthly premiums, co-pays and deductibles. &nbsp;</p><p>But the retirees sued.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:20:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 15963 at http://michiganradio.org Court ruling may affect Flint's ability to pull itself out of financial mess