state government

6:46 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Driver Responsibility Fees Could be Phased Out in Michigan

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Fees were passed in 2004 to help Michigan fill a hole in its budget
LANSING - They're hated by judges, drivers and legislators and now expensive driver responsibility fees may be on the way out of Michigan's law books. The House Appropriations committee voted unanimously today to phase out the fees by 2018, moving the issue to the full House of Representatives.
6:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Former State Treasurer Working for Firm on Detroit Bankruptcy

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Michigan ethics laws don't prohibit government officers from doing work with private businesses they had dealings with in public sector
Lansing The co-founder of a company with a $19 million contract to fix Detroits bureaucracy said Wednesday he would have been an idiot not to hire former state Treasurer Andy Dillon. Van Conway, CEO of Conway MacKenzie, denied Dillons contract work for the firm was influenced by the former treasurers role in getting the company work with the city while Dillon was overseeing Detroits financial crisis.
7:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Says State Money Needed for "Grand Bargain"

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Local and national foundations have agreed to contribute $366-million if settlement is reached
Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Tuesday pleaded with Lansing lawmakers to kick in $195 million in upfront cash as part of a 'Grand Bargain' to help resolve the city's historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy - while some of city's largest creditors devised strategies to block the fund meant to shore up pensions and protect DIA art from being sold to pay off debt.
6:57 am
Wed May 14, 2014

State Agency Reports Michigan Revenue Down From Earlier Projections

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Fiscal Agencies for House and Senate along with Snyder administration will settle on a figure for the state's fiscal outlook
LANSING, MI -- Michigan lawmakers debating budget bills for next fiscal year may be hit with some sobering news this week: The state's so-called "surplus" appears to be drying up. Michigan is poised to bring in $422 million less than previously projected during the current fiscal year, according to a new forecast by the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency, which is projecting another $450 million drop below January estimates for 2015.
8:18 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Michigan Democrats Want Investigation of EAA Spending

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EAA has defended money for travel saying it's necessary for teacher training
Detroit Michigan Democrats are calling for an investigation into credit card spending at the Education Achievement Authority uncovered by The Detroit News. House Democrats called for the probe and elimination of the EAA hours after The News published a story that detailed nearly $240,000 in charges on two cards issued to Chancellor John Covington.