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Communities across Michigan struggle with homeless individuals, but Washtenaw County officials are dealing with an extra problem.


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Studies show more than twice as much money stays in a local economy when spent at local businesses rather than outside firms.  Washtenaw County spent $47 million on contracts in 2012 and county officials want to boost the amount staying in the area.  The County Commissioners Ways and Means Committee tonight considers a local vendor preference purchasing policy.


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Proper identification is required many places these days including banks, government offices, and when making purchases at many stores.  Washtenaw County is taking steps to provide an I-D for the approximately 38,000 people locally who don't have a driver's license.


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Ten years ago Washtenaw County officials came together and drafted a blueprint to end homelessness. While much has been accomplished, the issue remains a challenge.  Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and Chair of the Washtenaw County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi are hosting a new conversation on Affordable Housing and Homelessness.


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Many area residents live their lives without being able to prove who they are. A proposal to help these people will be discussed at tonight's Washtenaw County Commissioners work session.


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The Washtenaw County Commissioners will enter the minimum wage debate tonight as they consider a resolution supporting an increase.


Washtenaw County will be engaging neighbors of the old Juvenile Center on Platt Road in Ann Arbor and other community members to determine how to redevelop the site.  The County Commissioners have given final approval to a community driven process for planning for the 13.5 acre property. 

Washtenaw County officials hope an ordinance approved last night will decrease the number of unlicensed dogs in the county.  The changes will go into place later this year after an outreach effort.

The chair of the Washtenaw County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi believes Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal is a reflection that this is an election year.  


First Ward Ann Arbor City Council representative Sabra Briere is running to be the next mayor of Ann Arbor. Briere announced she's running in a letter today.

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The race to be Ann Arbor’s next mayor won’t include the chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. 

Yousef Rabhi today announced he won’t run for mayor this year.  Rabhi says he expects it to be an interesting race, but likely won’t be endorsing any candidate.

The Washtenaw County Commissioners have re-elected the same officers that led the board in 2013. 

Yousef Rabhi was unanimously voted chair of the county commissioners again Wednesday night.  Rabhi says passing a four year budget was a big accomplishment in 2013 and he expects it will give the commissioners time to work on other issues this year.

Rabhi says some of the things he wants to work on this year are efforts to make the county's procurement process more environmentally friendly and better for the local economy, and to work on improving the board and committee structure. 

Alicia Ping was re-elected as vice chair, and Felicia Brabec will again serve as chair of the ways and means committee.

The commissioners also approved their rules and regulations.  One change in board rules is resolutions that are at the regular meeting the same night they are introduced at the ways and means committee will no longer require a two-thirds majority for final approval.  County officials determined this long standing super majority requirement didn't comply with state law.

*Listen to Rabhi's comments in the audio above.

Local supporters of immigration reform are calling for action on federal, state, and local levels  of government. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the group, Organizing for Action Washtenaw, hosted a forum on immigration reform Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan. 


For nearly a decade, Washtenaw County trial Court has relied on an outdated case management system. In fact it's a system that, since 2005,  has lacked support from any existing software firm. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a new system has been identified, but debate continues on how to pay for upgrade among the members of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. 

The Washtenaw County budget is in much better shape through the second fiscal quarter than originally projected.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question now under debate is how best to use the additional money.


The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners last week decided to shelve a proposal to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. the money generated for the bond sale would have been used to cover the county's long-term pension costs and retiree health care. Commissioners decided to wait until such time the state of Michigan spells out its rules for a bond sale of this kind. Still, the issue is far from dead. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Commissioners last night went forward with a public hearing on the issue, gathering more input from the community.

  Washtenaw County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.

A proposed multi-billion dollar plan regional transportation plan isn't winning much local favor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners  has unamisouly passed a resolution opposing a draft of the plan.

Washtenaw County Commissioners are considering a proposal to sell up to $345 million dollars in bonds to cover unfunded pension and retiree health care costs. AS WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Commission held a public hearing on the issue Wednesday night, but less than a handful of people turned out to offer input.

A proposal for a 345-million dollar bond sale to pay for Washtenaw County's unfunded liabilities will move forward more deliberately than originally intended. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, The Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee last night pulled the item from it's agenda to allow more time for public input.