state government

12:52 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Governor Snyder Says "Pay for Performance" Will Bring Accountability to Child Welfare System

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The Governor says the state should reward agencies, public or private that produce the best outcomes for children
A shift in Michigan's child welfare system toward pay-for-performance is not a reflection of "great hard-working people" serving children in state care and their families, Gov. Rick Snyder said today. Rather it's about making sure that those that do the best work are properly rewarded. That, in turn, better serves families and children, he said.
12:10 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State Superintendent Calls for More Consolidation With 46 Districts in Deficit

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Battle Creek is among four new districts that are expected to end this school year with a deficit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
LANSING, MI -- Fewer Michigan school districts are operating in deficit this year -- due to dissolution and consolidation -- and more are projected to emerge from budget deficits by the end of the school year.
11:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Consumers Energy-Funded Group Running Ads Against Electric Deregulation

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Proposal in Michigan House would allow more utilities to sell electricity in Michigan
LANSING - A group backed by Consumers Energy is buying radio and television ads throughout Michigan opposing efforts to open the electric market to more competition. Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy ( CEME) recently formed as a 501(c)4 "social welfare" organization with the goal of blocking efforts to remove a 10 percent cap on alternate electric suppliers.
7:10 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Michigan House Committee Adds Money for Roads, Strips Other Spending

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Proposed House supplemental budget adds $115-million for road maintenance over Senate proposal
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday added road money to a Senate supplemental bill but stripped out several other priority spending provisions, setting up a legislative showdown likely to play out over the course of the next two weeks.
6:46 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Benton Harbor Could Return to Local Control Soon

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An Emergency Financial Manager for Benton Harbor was appointed in 2010
BENTON HARBOR - Between now and next week, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to announce the members of the Benton Harbor Transition Advisory Board, Mayor James Hightower announced.