SW Michigan

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.
7:03 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Kellogg Community College Board Chairman Says College President Must Move Quickly to Heal Wounds

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Dennis Bona's contract expires next year, but automatically renews for one year unless the board takes action by the end of next month
Though an investigation cleared Kellogg Community College President Dennis Bona of wrongdoing, the chairman of the college board said trustees expect Bona to show "tangible progress" toward healing the institution as they consider whether to renew his contract.
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.
6:51 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Portage City Council Hires Acting City Manager

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Laurence Shaffer has committed to working for at least six months in Portage
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage has a new acting city manager and an executive search firm to find the permanent city manager by this fall. Laurence Shaffer, of Mount Pleasant, the former Jackson city manager and former town manager of Amherst.
2:56 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Allegan Anti-Fracking Lawsuit Dismissed

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The ruling says the suit is premature since oil and gas companies have not announced plans to drill in the area.
ALLEGAN, MI - An Allegan County judge has upheld the state's right to auction off oil and gas leases on land in the Allegan State Game Area, throwing out a challenge by an anti-fracking group.