Lansing Mayor Announces Financial Health Team

By: News 10
By: News 10
The volunteer group, made up of several business and economic leaders, will review the city

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seen in an Aug. 29, 2007 photo in Lansing, Mich. Bernero said Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 he plans to create an exploratory committee as he considers challenging Lt. Gov. John Cherry and others for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year. The former state lawmaker will file paperwork this week and plans to decide whether to enter the race early next year. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero introduced a new group of volunteers in charge of making sure the city is headed in the right direction financially.

The Financial Health Team is made up of several business, economic and political leaders, including former Lansing Mayor David Hollister.

Over the next six months, they'll take a good hard look at the city's finances and make recommendations that will help keep the city on sound financial footing.

"We're not talking about a study that's going to sit on a shelf and gather dust", says Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. "We're talking about a blueprint for action, to make sure this city thrives. We're not going the way of Detroit or Flint and we're not going to wait for state government to appoint a team-- we're getting ahead of the curve."

The FHT will meet periodically during the next six months before giving its final report, which will be drafted with the help of Michigan State University.


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  • by Mike Location: East Lansing on Sep 13, 2012 at 03:37 AM
    This seems to be nothing more than a sideshow. Anything that will come out of this will be more taxes, more government control and more government spending. It seems most of these people on this committee are the very people who created this financial mess to begin with.
  • by john on Sep 12, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    First step, get rid of any paid "interns" in the mayors office.
  • by Mark Location: Okemos on Sep 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    I can tell you right now the "plans" will include higher taxes, and probably not much else. Especially with Virg and Hollister at the same table. Hold on to your wallets tightly folks.
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