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City hall, county government and the state legislature
Districts put utility savings into improving classroom programs.
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
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
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
The revenue will be used to continue maintenance and mitigation costs of landfills.
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
Legislation in the Senate will allow expanded management of local airports statewide.
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
(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
A downtown museum has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for one of its programs. Read More
The city of Grand Rapids has been awarded a $103,963 research and planning grant from a foundation for its Jobs Initiative. Read More
Some governmental entities will appear to be in the red.
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