Looking for other ideas to solve Lansing's budget woes

Jan 31, 2013

A special committee set up to study the city of Lansing’s financial problems heard from the public last night.

The committee’s preliminary report is due March 1st. The panel is looking at changes to Lansing’s retirement plan and other possible spending cuts.

Several dozen people showed up last night to share their ideas. UAW vice president Stan Shuck doesn’t want any more cuts to city employees and city services.  He wants to see ideas for raising revenue.

“It overwhelms me that committee after committee looks at ways of making cuts….instead of looking at ways…of bringing revenues in,” says Shuck. 

Lansing needs ideas to fix its budget soon. The capitol city is looking at a projected nine million dollar budget shortfall next year.