State Budget

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Local governments are finding things to smile about in the governor's proposed budget for 2005.

The budget proposal for next year has no cuts to revenue sharing funds. The city of Lansing would receive about $17 million from the state. City officials say they are dealing with less money than had a few years back.

Lansing's piece of the pie a few years ago was $21 million. City council members say the proposed raise on the liquor tax could mean more than $1 million for the city. The state would reimburse Lansing for its fire protection services of state buildings.

Lansing receives only 25-percent of the full funding from the state. Next year's budget for the city is expected to come out the third week in March. City council members say it will still be a bare bones budget.