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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Tax abatement for aerospace manufacturing firm on hold

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 6 — In a brief, 28-minute meeting this afternoon, the Lansing City Council tabled action on a proposed personal property tax incentive for an aerospace manufacturing firm as it awaits more information on the property.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Honoring Lansing’s “resident stateswoman”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Sept. 10 — Seventeen friends, Lansing City Council President Brian Jeffries and Mayor Virg Bernero flanked stalwart politician Alfreda Schmidt on the floor of the Council chambers tonight, paying tribute to a woman who’s dedicated much of the past 40 years to public service.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Graffiti arrest made

The suspect arrested on charges related to Capitol graffiti was the artist who planned rogue art exhibit in Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Sept. 12 — The artist who planned a rogue art exhibit that was shut down by the city a week ago was arrested today on charges that he vandalized the Capitol building and a nearby memorial.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Signs go up

Niowave neighbors, fed up with another Niowave no-show, display their frustration

by Andy Balaskovitz
Three or four weeks ago, Walnut Neighborhood resident Dale Schrader had 100 lawn signs made urging neighborhood company Niowave to "fix the fa'ade" of its new 14,000-square-foot industrial-looking building in the residential neighborhood west of Old Town.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

A new Teamsters agreement and Niowave apologizes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Sept. 17 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved tonight a new collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters Local 214, which the Council president says is a “substantial change of how we’ve done business in the past.”
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

For patients’ rights

Medical marijuana advocates rally against the Legislature’s latest plans

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Sept. 19 — Today’s rally was in opposition to a pending four-bill package that opponents say unfairly singles out patients, particularly as it relates to doctor-patient relationships and police access to patient information.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

West Wing reunion

For state Supreme Court justice candidate Bridget Mary McCormack, thanks to her sister

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 20 — The cast of Aaron Sorkin’s political drama, “The West Wing,” has reunited — in a four-minute political ad for a Michigan Supreme Court justice candidate and voting in non-partisan races in general.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

A vote to denounce corporate personhood

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Sept. 24 — The local chapter of the nationwide Move to Amend coalition successfully lobbied the Lansing City Council to approve a resolution denouncing corporate personhood when it comes to campaign finance.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

The financial review has begun

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 1 — Former Lansing Mayor David Hollister was back in the City Council chambers tonight to deliver a challenging financial outlook for the city. Hollister heads a newly appointed committee recommending fixes to budget problems that he says were years in the making.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Here comes a(nother) deficit

Property tax revenue drop, increased costs cause $11 million budget deficit projection for next fiscal year

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Oct. 5 — Prepare for more “pain,” the Bernero administration said today as it announced a projected $11 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
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