SW Michigan

6:48 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Kalamazoo County Administrator gets mixed review from commission

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Four commissioners want to renew Administrator Peter Battani's contract for 12 to 18 months. Battani says he wants a "standard three-year contract"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Despite an increase from last year's evaluation, Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani said he is "disappointed" with this year's review from the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners.
6:33 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Michigan looks to cut down on paperwork for businesses

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Program also aims to improve customer response time
LANSING - State officials today pledged to cut in half the number of government forms Michigan businesses must fill out and touted changes they have already made to make the state more business-friendly. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced its Reinventing Performance in Michigan program in partnership with three other state agencies.
9:05 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Springfield hires new city manager

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Nathan Henne has been town manager for a year in Lake City, Colorado
Nathan Henne said he expects to sign a contract Monday to become the next Springfield city manager. Henne, 28, was selected by the council Thursday after interviews with the four candidates seeking to fill the position vacated by Frank Peterson, who leaves after five years to become manager of Muskegon.
1:47 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

UPDATE: Senate passes animal shelter bill on gas chambers

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The bill now heads to the state House for approval.
LANSING, MI -- A bill working its way through the Michigan Senate would ban the use of gas chambers to euthanize cats or dogs. Sponsoring state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said that animal control shelters in some Michigan counties use gas when it is necessary to euthanize a dog or cat despite the availability of lethal injection.
12:43 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Study finds Michigan cut education spending more than 33 other states since 2008

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Inflation adjusted spending on education is $572 less per student than it was in 2008, according to report
Michigan has cut investment in K-12 schools by 9 percent since 2008, a deeper cut than 33 other states, according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.