City hall, county government and the state legislature


Electricity choice offers significant benefit to schools

Districts put utility savings into improving classroom programs.

May 29, 2015
As debate about implementing a fully regulated electricity market in the state powers up, Michigan K-12 school districts are faced with the prospect of losing the Electric Choice Program that has helped reduce electric expenditures and allowed reinvestment into the classroom. Read More

Drones seem to be everywhere — and here’s why

Businesses are still determining uses for unmanned aerial vehicles.

LANSING — Seems like every day we’re hearing something new about drones, whether it’s military use of drones overseas, Amazon floating the idea of creating a drone delivery system, journalists using drones to report stories — or even just a neighbor down the street who bought a drone for fun. Read More

Fire Department budget focuses on staff, prevention

May 29, 2015
The budget introduced to the Grand Rapids City Commission earlier this month includes a recommendation for $27.6 million in support of the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Read More

Kent to act on proposed hauler fees

The revenue will be used to continue maintenance and mitigation costs of landfills.

May 29, 2015
A proposed surcharge on trash pickup that was opposed by some waste haulers last year has resurfaced in a revised form and will be headed soon to the Kent County Board of Commissioners for action. Read More

Airport authority nears reality

Legislation in the Senate will allow expanded management of local airports statewide.

May 29, 2015
The Michigan Senate is poised to vote on enabling legislation that passed easily in the House in May to allow establishment of regional airport authorities to manage business operations of local airports, instead of limiting it to county boards. Read More

Battling bills seek to reduce tax burden on beer brewers

May 29, 2015
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) More and more often, campaigning politicians are making stops at small alcohol producers, recognizing their contribution to the nation’s economy. Read More

Sheriff fires sergeant for releasing man

May 27, 2015
| By AP
Authorities say a jail sergeant has been fired after the early release of an Ottawa County corrections officer who was booked into a county jail. Read More

Museum wins grant from National Endowment for the Arts

May 26, 2015
A downtown museum has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for one of its programs. Read More

Grand Rapids receives $103K grant for low-income jobs initiative

May 25, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids has been awarded a $103,963 research and planning grant from a foundation for its Jobs Initiative. Read More

New rule changes how financial statements look

Some governmental entities will appear to be in the red.

May 22, 2015
A new accounting rule issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board that takes effect this June, known as GASB 68, will have an impact on local governments’ financial statements — and could make some of them appear in bad financial shape, when the opposite is true. Read More