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GR unanimously approves $553 million dollar budget

May 23, 2019
City of Grand Rapids

On Tuesday, City Commissioners approved the city’s 2020 budget. This upcoming year’s budget is 37 million dollars less than last year. 

The budget plans to fund a one-year pilot program to improve community and police relations, and add two additional police officers to the Grand Rapids Police Department. 

Also, included in the budget is restoration of the Calder Plaza, and improvement to 13 parks across the city. The city also plans to replace 5% of all private lead water service lines, and add more bus shelters. 

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Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration are meeting to get revised tax revenue projections that will be used as they work to enact the next state budget.

Legislative fiscal agencies say revenue estimates for this fiscal year and the next budget year are largely unchanged from January.

Officials will reach a consensus on revised revenue projections Friday after the Whitmer administration releases its own numbers.

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Michigan State Police want to invest more than $2 million dollars into technology to livestream patrol car dashboard cameras following a Detroit teenager's death after a state trooper used a stun gun on him.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included the technology upgrade in this year's state budget proposal. It would allow supervisors to monitor pursuits and other incidents in real time.

42 percent of Michigan’s roads and bridges are either in mediocre or poor condition, and collectively, it’s costing Michigan drivers billions of dollars each year. That’s according to a new report from TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC. 

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly is the Associate Director of Research & Communication at TRIP and one of the study’s authors. She presented the findings Tuesday morning in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in West Michigan Wednesday kicking off her “Road to Opportunity Tour.” In her state budget proposal released this week it includes raising $2.5 billion dollars over 10-years to fix the state’s roads. One revenue stream is a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike. WGVU’s caught up with Governor Whitmer at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

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The new director of the Michigan Department of Transportation says at least $1.5 billion more is needed to improve the condition of state highways, nearly double what is now being spent.

Paul Ajegba disclosed the figure in his advice-and-consent hearing before a Senate committee Tuesday. He bases it on a 2016 infrastructure report done for former Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican.

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Michigan's economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending.

That is among the takeaways from Friday's semiannual meeting where the state treasurer and legislative fiscal experts agreed to consensus economic and tax projections. The Democratic governor will use the numbers when drafting her first budget proposal, due to the Republican-led Legislature in March.

Michigan would close a prison to save $19 million in the next fiscal year under a budget agreement struck by lawmakers. The closure is included in a bill approved unanimously Tuesday by a House-Senate conference committee.

Michigan has 30 prisons, but the number of inmates has been declining. A Department of Corrections spokesman says agency leaders do not yet know which facility will be closed during the fiscal year starting in October.

A Muskegon-area prison closed earlier this year.

Snyder, legislative leaders reach deal on next state budget

May 25, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings. The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks.

State budget spokesman Kurt Weiss says the deal includes an increase of more than $400 million on infrastructure spending, an additional $115 million for the "rainy day" fund and $58 million to help schools improve their security and hire more counselors.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will have hundreds of millions of dollars more to budget than they expected at the turn of the year.

Legislative economists are projecting that tax collections for the current fiscal year are up by between $250 million and $340 million from estimates from January. Revenues are between $144 million and $190 million above the past estimate for the next budget year.

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