Local Government

"ST. JOSEPH - The Berrien County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted 7-5 to create the position of indigent defense administrator, who will be responsible for overseeing attorneys representing citizens who can't afford to hire a lawyer." (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

"KALAMAZOO, MI — The city of Kalamazoo's proposed 2016 budget uses several one-time steps to balance the spending plan, including a proposed increase to the city's solid waste tax." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"A year and a half after making changes to local law, food trucks in a portion of downtown Battle Creek seem to be rolling smoothly." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"The city of Battle Creek may increase the price to park in downtown ramps, potentially generating an additional $80,000 in annual revenue to help fund repairs." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Changes to language in the Battle Creek City Commission's ethics code were adopted Tuesday night." (Battle Creek Enquirer)