Oct. 4, 2002 CNS Budget

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Articles for week of Friday, October 4, 2002
VOTINGSTRAIGHT — If approved Nov. 5 by Michigan voters, Proposal 1 could lead to long delays in future elections because it would eliminate straight-party voting, Democrats say. The League of Women Voters also calls for a “no” vote. Republicans, who favor the plan, have a different view. By Aleks Tapinsh. FOR ALL POINTS.
REVENUESHARING1 — The little city of Scottville is waiting for the other revenue-sharing shoe to drop next year. The city would have lost at least two of its nine full-time employees if the Legislature hadn’t overridden Gov. Engler’s veto of revenue sharing for 2002-03. By Jessica Hulett. FOR LUDINGTON & MANISTEE.
REVENUESHARING2 — Local government units across the state are waiting for the other revenue-sharing shoe to drop next year. They eked by for 2002-03 when the Legislature overrode Gov. Engler’s veto of revenue. But prospects for cuts next year have local leaders worried. By Jessica Hulett. FOR ALL POINTS.
UPHUNTING — Chronic wasting disease isn’t expected to keep hunters from going north for deer season. By Matt Furst. FOR U.P. & ALL POINTS.
SPAM — Legislative efforts to ease the flood of spam aren’t getting anywhere fast. By Danny Layne. FOR ALL POINTS.
STATERETIREMENT — Early retirements will reduce staffing in the Department of Corrections, but officials say there’s no need for people to worry about safety and security. By Katie Morell. FOR LAPEER & ALL POINTS.
FIREPROTECTIONGRANT — East Lansing is pleased that the state restored its fire-protection grant, which helps pay for the city’s service to the state’s largest university. By Stella Thevenin. For EAST LANSING.
CLEANWATER — If approved by voters Nov. 2, Proposal 2 would authorize the sale of $1 billion in bonds to help communities repair sewer systems and update wastewater treatment plants. By Spiros Gallos. For MANISTEE & ALL POINTS.
SMALLBUSINESS — Small businesses are joining forces to get the Legislature to help drive down what they see as prohibitive costs of health-care insurance. By Spiros Gallos. FOR ALL POINTS.

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