Ken Braun, managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, was a guest recently on “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR 760AM, where he discussed a recent article that exposed how the city of Lansing is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on golf courses it owns while at the same time contemplating laying off dozens of police officers.

Braun also noted that the city of Jackson owns a miniature golf course, and while it had a surplus of more than $300,000 between 2005 and 2009, some question if a municipality should operate such a facility, which doesn’t pay property taxes, in competition with the private sector.

Braun said government should always conduct a “Yellow Pages test” when considering what services it should offer.

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