SW Michigan

3:21 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Snyder to increase budget for preschools

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Governor Rick Snyder included more funding for state preschools in his budgetary plan today. According to Bridge Magazine, the governor suggested raising another 130 million dollars for preschool programs in the state, with a long term plan of spending about 240 million total by fiscal year 2015. Snyder said some of that money should go toward helping low-income families pay for preschool.
(Bridge illustration/A.J. Jones) By Derek Melot/Bridge Magazine Gov. Rick Snyder formally called for an additional $130 million for state preschool classes Thursday, a move long hinted at by administration officials - and long sought by advocates for early childhood education.
1:23 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Bipartisan support for fixing state roads

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Former Congressman Mark Schauer of Battle Creek part of broad coalition seeking increased funding for roads.
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: The Center for Michigan
(Bridge illustration/A.J. Jones) By Amy Lane/Bridge Magazine contributor On Michigan's Right to Work law, labor activist Mark Schauer and business advocate Rich Studley could not have sought more different results. But when it comes to working on Michigan's crumbling roads - an issue that's arisen in Lansing nearly as frequently as winter potholes - the two have an identical goal.
1:17 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

USDA report details losses in Michigan's fruit crop

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Combination of early spring weather and summer drought created a very bad year for Michigan fruit growers.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
BENTON HARBOR, MI -The United States Department of Agriculture's recently released report of Preliminary Fruit Production figures for 2012 confirms what we learned last summer, when there were not enough Michigan cherries for local festivals, or we blinked and the peaches were gone, or popular U-Pick apple orchards said: "Come back next year."
1:12 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Snyder's budget proposal calls for increased investments in roads, education and public health

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Snyder calls $50.9-billion spending plan "a responsible budget."
LANSING, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder, saying Michigan is on the "comeback path," on Thursday introduced a budget proposal reflecting that belief by increasing investments in infrastructure, public health and education. Speaking before lawmakers and media this morning at the Boji Tower in downtown Lansing, Snyder outlined a $50.9 billion budget, which represents a five percent spending increase compared to the current fiscal year.
11:44 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Detroit becomes a focus of urban redevelopment

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Redevelopment efforts in the Motor City still depend heavily on federal tax credits administered by the Department of the Interior.
Posted to MichiganNow.org on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 INTRO: Detroit could become a laboratory for urban revitalization in America. So said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on a recent visit from Washington. Michigan Now's Chris McCarus reports on why Salazar came and how Detroit teeters between revival and destruction.