Thursday, May 9 — The Lansing School District will have over $800,000 more in its coffers at the end of the year than earlier projected, according to a budget amendment presented at a Board of Education informational meeting tonight.
Thursday, May 9 — A gas and mineral rights auction of public land by the Department of Natural Resources drew the ire of about 40 anti-fracking protesters at the Lansing Center today. Several protesters were escorted out of the auction for disruptive behavior, but no arrests were made.
As the local media drank up good jobs news last week like an alcoholic at a Christmas party, there's been no mention of the fact that less than three years ago, Jackson National Life Insurance Co. fought the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes.
For over three hours inside the Lansing Center last week, politicians worked alongside concerned citizens, engineers and planners alongside transportation advocates to visualize the future of Grand River and Michigan avenues between the Capitol and Webberville.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has introduced 33 new fees and proposes increasing 86 existing fees for various city services as part of his budget that would start July 1. The changes are projected to raise about $500,000 in new revenue for city coffers.
Wednesday, May 8 — Because the Republican-controlled state Legislature doesn’t seem interested in expanding civil rights protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens, local governments are taking matters into their own hands.
Ora B. Fuller has lived above her store, Shanora's Wigs and General Merchandise at 829 W. Saginaw St., for the past 32 years. She's seen the neighborhood around her survive a reputation as a drug and crime infested area — a reputation she doesn't think was totally deserved. And now she sees it coming back.