News Roundup
10:46 am
Mon June 11, 2012

In this morning's news...

Detroit in a game of revenue-sharing chicken with the state

Detroit's top lawyer, Krystal Crittendon, is challenging the legality of the city's consent agreement with the state in court. State officials are threatening to withhold millions of dollars in state revenue sharing payments if the lawsuit is not dropped.

This morning, the Detroit Free Press reports, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing told City Council members he spoke with Gov. Rick Snyder and Treasurer Andy Dillon over the weekend.

Bing said Dillon and Snyder are not backing down from the threat of withholding $80 million in revenue sharing if the lawsuit goes forward. The Freep reports the city could run out of money by Friday if that happens.

“Without that, we’re dead,” Bing said. “I don’t want to play this game of roulette and keep our citizens at risk.” Snyder and Dillon “have the hammer right now. They’ve got the money.”

Detroit’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Brown, said the city risks being unable to pay vendors and payless paydays for city workers if Crittendon’s legal challenge isn’t stopped.

Mitt Romney coming to Michigan June 19

Recent polls say Mitt Romney and President Obama are neck and neck in Michigan. With the state looking more and more like a battle ground state for the November election, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney plans on making a visit to the Mitten State. From the Detroit News:

The former Massachusetts governor and Detroit native will visit at least three cities across mid and western Michigan on June 19. The campaign didn't immediately disclose the cities.

The trip dubbed the "Every Town Counts" bus tour will begin in New Hampshire on Friday and will continue on to small towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.

Turning things over to charter school operators in Muskegon Heights

The Muskegon Heights school district is in a $12 million hole. The emergency manager of Muskegon Heights recently announced he's looking for charter operators to run the school system.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports three groups have submitted proposals to run things in Muskegon Heights:

Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emergency Manager Donald Weatherspoon has assembled a team of educators to review the three applications. The team will take the applications to Lansing to share with state officials, and hopes to narrow the list to two, possibly by Wednesday, he said.

The three companies are The Leona Group, which operates charter schools in five states and previously managed Tri-Valley Academy in Muskegon; Mosaica Education, with schools in eight states and Washington, D.C., as well as an online school; and New Paradigm for Education, a nonprofit company with schools in Detroit that include two authorized by Detroit Public Schools.