state budget http://wemu.org en Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years http://wemu.org/post/budget-experts-predict-extra-11-billion-state-government-revenues-over-3-years <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong><a href="http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDF/Revenue_Forecast/EconomicOutlook_Revenue_Estimates_Jan14.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency</a></strong>&nbsp;in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The estimates are similar to ones given in December by the Senate Fiscal Agency. All told, lawmakers could have $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion more to work with than expected in May.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Legislators will meet Friday to get a consensus estimate on revenues. They're already talking about cutting taxes, though Gov. Rick Snyder has held off on calling for tax relief.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Next month, he will propose a budget for the fiscal year starting this October.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:56:35 +0000 Associated Press 39944 at http://wemu.org First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes http://wemu.org/post/first-friday-focus-environment-great-lakes <p>On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition host David Fair is joined in-studio by Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. together they bring in the experts that can speak to issues of environmental importance. In this month's installment, the guest is Jon Allen. Jon heads up the Michigan Department of environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:58:25 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 31746 at http://wemu.org First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes