Southwest Michigan Today Tuesday May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017

Vicksburg is not renewing the contract of its police chief. Former Attorney General Frank Kelley endorses Gretchen Whitmer for governor of Michigan. A state board considers proposed ballot proposals on Thursday. 

Vicksburg is searching for a new police chief. The contract of current chief Eric West will not be renewed when it expires July 1st. Village Manager Jim Mallery would not give a reason for the decision saying it's a "personnel matter." (Kalamazoo Gazette

Michigan's longest serving Attorney General is backing Gretchen Whitmer in next year's race for governor. Frank Kelley, now 92, served as Attorney General from 1961 to 1999. Whitmer, a former state Senate Minority Leader launched her campaign in January. (Detroit News)

Ballot proposals for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law and making Michigan’s legislature part-time could be on the state ballot next year. The Board of State Canvassers will meet Thursday to decide if the language on the petitions meets state requirements. (Detroit Free Press

New estimates show that the state of Michigan will bring in a smaller amount of general tax fund revenue this year and next. The non-partisan House Fiscal Agency Forecast shows the state is expected to bring in $376.7-million dollars less than had been anticipated. A final revenue estimate will be released Wednesday after the state revenue estimating conference. (Detroit News)