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Lansing's mayor threatens to veto parts of city budget approved by the city council last night

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has a long list of items he plans to veto in the budget passed by the city council last night.   

The Lansing city council struggled for three hours trying to agree on amendments to the proposed city budget for next year.  

The numbers got so confused, the council took a forty minute break to give the city’s finance director time to figure out if the budget was still balanced, as it’s legally required to be.

Mayor Virg Bernero says the meeting was extremely disorganized.

“I wasn’t sure what they were voting on….I wasn’t sure if they knew what they were voting on,” Bernero after the meeting.

Bernero says he’ll take the next few days to review the budget passed by the city council.

“Overall I don’t think we’re that far off. I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Bernero said, “But I do see the four letter word coming…that is veto.”

Bernero plans to veto the council’s decisions to cut money for economic development, local road funding and backing up city computer records, among other things.

The city council has until June 3rd to override the mayor’s vetoes. But they do not appear to have the votes to do that.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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