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Oct 19, 2011

Snyder in no hurry to spend projected surplus

Governor Rick Snyder says he would prefer to wait and see what direction the economy takes before making decisions on how to use a projected budget surplus. Snyder says he is no rush to restore funding to schools or other programs. Budget watchdogs predict the state is in line for a windfall of around $430 million once the books are closed on the fiscal year that ended last month.

FBI gets involved in Wayne County severance probe

The FBI is investigating a $200,000 severance deal given to former Wayne County development director Turkia Mullin.  Mullin received the payout after leaving her old job to take another county post as chief executive of Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  Her new job pays $250,000.  Wayne County faces a $160 million accumulated budget deficit. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano says his office will cooperate with the FBI probe and expects "to be fully exonerated." Ficano says an internal investigation found protocol was not followed in Mullin's severance payment.

Inkster's money troubles may lead to emergency manager

The city of Inkster is the subject of a financial review by the state that could ultimately lead to the appointment of an emergency manager. State Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton says the review was ordered after city officials informed the department about its financial difficulties. A preliminary review will last up to 30 days. Michigan’s new emergency manager law has spurred much controversy, a lawsuit, and an effort to repeal it at the ballot box. Critics of the law say it violates home rule.