SW Michigan

6:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Battle Creek City Commission approves $16-million bond issue

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City officials say historically low interest rates make it a good time to borrow money for "priority projects"
The Battle Creek City Commission has given the OK for the city to take on $16 million in new debt to fund improvements and projects. At its regular meeting Tuesday, city commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that allows the city to issue up to $16 million in bonds, which will be used to fund renovations and facelifts at parks, on roads and at other sites.
8:31 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Poll shows Schauer tied with Snyder in race for governor

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Governor Rick Snyder has not officially announced re-election bid. Battle Creek Democrat Mark Schauer has indicated he will run, but has not officially launched a campaign
LANSING, MI -- Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is running dead even with potential Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, according to the results of a new statewide poll. The EPIC-MRA poll, conducted May 11-15, asked 600 likely voters who they would pick in a 2014 matchup pitting the governor against the former Congressman.
8:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission will meet next again week on city manager search

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Commission interviewed five finalists for city manager on Tuesday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
City commissioners spent seven hours meeting on Tuesday, first conducting hour-long interviews with all five finalists for the city manager position and then debriefing from the interviews. At the advice of Jerome Post, city of Kalamazoo human resources director, commissioners decided to reconvene at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.
SW Michigan
3:12 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Governor, GOP reach budget "framework"

Michigan State Capitol
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

 Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to complete the new state budget. But the Gongwer News Service says that does not include two contentious issues: more money for roads and expansion of Medicaid. House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall says a “broader discussion” of those areas will continue.

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12:52 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Michigan judges in line for 3% pay raise

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Increase takes effect January 1, 2015. Judges in state have not had a pay increase since 2002
LANSING - Michigan judges are in line for a 3% pay increase under a recommendation made today by the State Officers Compensation Commission. But pay will remain frozen for other top state officials, from the governor to state lawmakers.