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.