Mary Grant
Food & Water Watch / foodandwaterwatch.org

October 1st kicks off a new fiscal year for both the state and federal governments. As with any new budget, there are many concerns. Among them is access affordability of clean and safe water. Mary Grant is the Public Water for All campaign director for Food and Water Watch. She addresses the issues with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak.

Debbie Dingell
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

We are now in the final weeks of 2020, and Congress is on the verge of passing another COVID-19 stimulus package.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she'll stay in Washington D.C. until the measure is passed.  The Dearborn Democrat joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the negotiations, President-elect Biden's cabinet nominations, and to reflect on 2020 and look ahead to 2021. 

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved a $16.6 million budget for the Washtenaw County Health Department’s 2020/2021 fiscal year.  

Washtenaw County

Allocating funding for the Washtenaw County Health Department will be a main topic of discussion during Wednesday's Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting.  

Debbie Dingell
Office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

School is resuming across the country, but financial concerns weigh heavily as the federal government has yet to vote on a new budget or coronavirus relief measure.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to express her concerns and weigh in on a number of local and national environmental issues.  

Wiki Commons

The Ann Arbor District Library says COVID-19 will not impact its budget this year, but that it will most likely affect future budgets.  

City Of Ypsilanti Considering Cuts To Balance Budget

May 20, 2020
City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council is considering making cuts to balance the city’s budget.  

City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

The City of Ypsilanti is putting a hold on setting its budget goals for the next fiscal year until they have a better idea on how the COVID-19 crisis will impact their operations.  

Ann Arbor City Council Looking At COVID-19 Impact

Apr 21, 2020

Ann Arbor’s city council discussed its budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 last night and how COVID-19 will impact it.

Ypsilanti City Council Discussing Budget

Apr 21, 2020
City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss goals for the city and its 2020 fiscal year budget tonight

The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission says the coronavirus crisis could impact their budget in the upcoming months.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.

Gretchen Whitmer
Rick Pluta / MPRN

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has again called on Republican leaders to reconvene the Legislature to wrap up work on a new state budget and a plan to fix the roads.

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Michigan schools will finalize their budgets today but without knowing how much money they’ll have to work with.  Cheyna Roth reports.

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The state department in charge of Michigan’s prisons is not happy with a proposed spending plan in the state Legislature.  Cheyna Roth has more.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix the state’s roads in a single budget is getting pushback.  The head of the Republicans in the Senate has his own ideas for how to handle a new roads policy.

Michigan Capitol
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan Legislature will gavel in for its 100th session this week.  Lawmakers say they have one multi-billion dollar issue to tackle first.

Rick Snyder
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan has about 150 new laws.  Governor Rick Snyder finished going through a pile of bills that were sent to him before the Legislature went on its summer break.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Governor Rick Snyder signed the 2019 K-12 education budget Thursday afternoon at Ypsilanti Community High School.

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder will tour Ypsilanti Community High School today.

Planned Parenthood
Paul Sableman / flickr.com

The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.


Government officials, gubernatorial candidates, and business and industry leaders have spent the week on Mackinac Island.  Through the week, some policy decisions have been made and, as we head toward mid-term elections, some issues are taking definitive shape.  Rick Pluta has been covering the Regional Chamber Conference on the island and joins WEMU's David Fair for a look back at the week and a look ahead to what's to come. 

Courtesy Photo / The Ann Magazine

Ann Arbor City Council could pass its 2018-2019 Budget tonight.  It may also vote on a settlement with the current owner of the "Y" lot.  Those are just a few of the civic engagement opportunities in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County this week.  WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative cover you options in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra $315 million to work with as they finalize the new budget.  

Michigan Public Radio Network

The state Board of Canvassers has approved the petition signatures for the November referendum, the August primary ballot for state offices are set, and the Legislature is closer to passing a budget for the coming fiscal year.  WEMU's David Fair discusses all of these issues with MPRN's Rick Pluta in this week's edition of, "The State of Politics." 

Courtesy Photo / The Ann Magazine

In addition to deciding the "Y" lot issue, Ann Arbor City Council and the Ann Arbor Library Board will continue budget discussions.  Absentee Ballots are available for the May 8th elections, and the annual Commuter Challenge is about to get underway!  Join WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative to find out all about these topics and more in this week's "Civic Matters." 

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

WEMU continues its series of conversations with key stakeholders at EMU as it progresses through these financial issues.  EMU AAUP President Dr. Judith Kullberg and Faculty Senate Budget Committee Chair Dr. Robert Carpenter sat down with Patrick Campion to discuss how shaping a better conversation is truly important to the future success of Eastern.  

EMU Students Walk Out Of Class To Protest Budget Cuts

Mar 29, 2018
Jorge Avellan / WEMU

About 80 students at Eastern Michigan University walked out of class this morning to protest budget cuts on campus. 

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Eastern Michigan University students will walk out of class Thursday at 10 a.m. to protest budget cuts on campus. 

Road Construction
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season. 

Taylor Pinson

Eastern Michigan University’s professor’s union held a rally on campus Thursday to protest budget cuts and the school’s plan to privatize its parking services.