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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council tables tax breaks for the Knapp’s project due to lack of votes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 15 — The Lansing City Council delayed a vote Monday on abating nearly all state and local taxes for the proposed redevelopment of the Knapp’s building because of a lack of support, Councilman Brian Jeffries said.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Man’s best … personal trainer

MSU researcher says dog owners are far more likely to reach exercise goals

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 17 — New research at Michigan State University suggests dog owners who take the time to walk their dogs are 34 percent more likely to meet federal health goals.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Frenzy at the Capitol

Protests against Snyder, Republicans continue in downtown Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, March 16 — At about 12:45 p.m., some of the thousands of protesters on the Capitol lawn, after speeches from United Auto Workers President Bob King and Sen. Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, moved inside to the rotunda.
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Monday, March 18,2013

More on India

Mayor Virg Bernero: “We’re in the running”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, March 16 — Lansing is still in the hunt as a location for an Indian manufacturing company looking to expand Mayor Virg Bernero said today.
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Monday, March 18,2013

LPD and MSP

Why was the Lansing Police Department called back before protests got heated at the Capitol Wednesday?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 18 — On Wednesday afternoon, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero addressed thousands of protesters on the Capitol lawn, supporting them in their fight against Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget and legislation pending viewed by those protesters as union-bashing.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Setting dates and a budget update

Lansing City Council to schedule two public hearings tonight, and the administration plans to give a budget update in Committee of the Whole

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 21 — The Lansing City Council has a thin agenda planned for tonight, but following the meeting, an administration representative is scheduled to give a budget update.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Securing recreation funds, shouting with the regulars and the governor affects the budget process

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 22 — Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting centered around scheduling a public hearing for next week’s meeting on whether the city should apply for state grant money to improve non-motorized transportation in west Lansing.
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Monday, March 18,2013

The list shrinks

Lansing cleans up its medical marijuana moratorium ordinance while East Lansing City Council votes to allow dispensaries

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 24 — The city of Lansing has whittled down the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that can operate during the roughly six-month moratorium that is scheduled to end on July 1.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Election clarity

How much would really be generated by the 4-mill property tax increase? Questions, answers and a protest regarding the May 3 ballot proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 25 — In the past few weeks, opposition to the proposed 4-mill property tax increase on Lansing residents has claimed city officials are being disingenuous about what the millage really asks for.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Here comes a budget

The mayor is scheduled to unveil his proposed fiscal year 2012 budget at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 28 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is scheduled to present his proposed fiscal year 2012 budget at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting.
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