Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 6:30 AM EDT Oct 6, 2019 LANSING — Just recently, officials in Roscommon County in northern Michigan were finalizing the 2020 budget and worrying over about how to erase a projected $200,000 deficit. But that was before Monday, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued 147 line-item vetoes and killed a range of payments affecting the county general fund, the sheriff's patrol, and the jail, among other areas. Now Roscommon, which has 24,000 residents and a budget of just over $9 million, is looking at an $800,000 shortfall. "There is definitely going to be a reduction in staff, if this thing sticks," Robert Schneider, chairman of the county board of commissioners, said Friday. Schneider, a Democrat and retired supermarket manager who is in his 13th year on the county board, said the only saving grace for Roscommon is that, unlike many other counties, its fiscal year does not start until Jan.1. He hopes that allows time for … [Read more...] about Whitmer chopped $1B from the state budget. Now what?
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Adam Geller, Ap National Writer Updated 5:49 am PDT, Sunday, July 21, 2019 FILE - In this April 12, 1983 file photo, Bernard Sanders, mayor of Burlington, Vt., speaks to students at the University of Connecticut's West Hartford campus that his tenure as a Socialist mayor is evidence people are willing to accept radical change. less FILE - In this April 12, 1983 file photo, Bernard Sanders, mayor of Burlington, Vt., speaks to students at the University of Connecticut's West Hartford campus that his tenure as a Socialist mayor is evidence ... more Photo: Bob Child, AP Photo: Bob Child, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this April 12, 1983 file photo, Bernard Sanders, mayor of Burlington, Vt., speaks to students at the University of Connecticut's West Hartford … [Read more...] about Sanders’ early life in Brooklyn taught lessons, some tough
Paul Egan and Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Jul 7, 2019 CASCADE TOWNSHIP — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party. Now, will the voters who elected the renegade congressman to five consecutive double-digit victories desert him? Even on his home turf of Cascade Township, voters are split on the latest startling action by Amash, whose 3rd Congressional District includes nearby Grand Rapids and most of Kent County, plus Ionia, Barry, Calhoun and part of Montcalm counties. More than just the political future of the 39-year-old Amash — who earlier made national headlines in May when he became the only Republican in Congress to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump — is at stake. For instance: By announcing in a Thursday op-ed in The Washington Post that he will now sit as an independent, Amash tilted the Michigan delegation in the U.S. House in favor of Democrats for the first time since 2002. … [Read more...] about How Justin Amash’s political bombshell is igniting fireworks
Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Eric Tucker Associated Press Published 2:56 PM EDT Apr 1, 2019 Washington – President Donald Trump is taking his interpretation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation well beyond the facts. He says he’s been fully exonerated based on a four-page summary of Mueller’s nearly 400-page report and is casting himself as a victim of illegal practices by the FBI because the agency investigated him in the first place. But Trump is overstating his case. The FBI has legal grounds to open a probe if investigators have information they believe could lead them to a crime, even if one is not ultimately found. And the summary released by Attorney General William Barr says Mueller did not reach a conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice. Nor was the Russia probe hatched by Democrats, as Trump asserts. He often cites a so-called dossier funded by the Democratic Party, but the probe’s origins in fact were based … [Read more...] about Fact check: Trump exaggerations about the Russia probe
Energy & Environment | A Texan’s Big Bet on a Fossil-Fuel Future for California Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Andrew Beal, a poker-playing billionaire and major Trump backer, could upend California’s carbon-free power goals with a case before federal regulators. Credit Credit Cam Cottrill Supported by ByIvan Penn and Thomas Kaplan March 29, 2019 California has positioned itself as a leader in the fight against climate change. It leads the nation by far in solar power. And it is working to reduce carbon emissions throughout the energy sector, with a goal of making the electricity grid carbon-free within a generation. But its clean-energy goals are colliding with a Texas billionaire who has staked a fossil-fuel claim in California and is aiming to get federal regulators on his side. The Texan, Andrew Beal, parlayed financial and real estate deals into an estimated personal worth of more than … [Read more...] about A Texan’s Big Bet on a Fossil-Fuel Future for California