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Thursday, March 28,2013

A silent protest against Right to Work

Right-to-Work legislation officially takes effect today in Michigan; protests pop up in Lansing and around the state

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 28 — It’s official: Michigan is a Right-to-Work state, effective today. However, the roughly 50 people on the steps of the Capitol this afternoon weren’t celebrating — they were protesting.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Thumbs on the scale

Coalition says taxpayer money props up animal factory farms

by Lawrence Cosentino
Michigan's large-scale factory farms belly up to the federal Farm Bill for tens of millions of dollars in environmental funds better spent on sustainable farming, according to a report issued Wednesday by the advocacy group Less = More.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
There's something about a stone house that draws people to it. More than likely, it's the subtle balance of quaint rustic character with a bit of grandeur — a castle, on a small scale.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

The veto

Mayor Bernero holds sway over City Council by being able to sustain a veto. This year's election could change that.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Ten months ago, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero closed out the annual budget process by alienating some union officials and formerly loyal members on the City Council.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Looking long term

How Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal looks beyond June 30, 2014

by Andy Balaskovitz
Balancing Lansing's budget is the easy part. Just ask Virg Bernero, who's had to annually patch over millions of dollars in budget deficits since he took over as mayor in 2006. Layoffs here, department reorganizations there. Canceling construction projects, closing a few golf courses.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Finding fair trade in E.L.

by Terry Link
Fair trade or free trade? How many understand the differences between them? As many of you know, I prefer fair trade, buying local when possible and linking the local with the global. Perhaps you'll see the advantages as I do.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Behind the electronic curtain

Public officials texting and emailing during public meetings could pose legal problems

by Sam Inglot
"OMG, I think I just violated the OMA," is a phrase Bill Mathewson likes to use when giving presentations about elected officials texting and emailing during public meetings. That very issue came up during the Lansing City Council's meeting Monday when Councilwoman Jody Washington criticized her colleagues on the dais for texting during meetings.
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Monday, March 25,2013

Bernero's budget

With deficit $4 million less than expected, cost-shifting to residents and businesses to pay for fire hydrants and streetlights

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 25 — Lansing’s projected budget deficit for the coming fiscal year has shrunk to $5 million, which is $4 million less than anticipated, the Bernero administration announced today.
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Friday, March 22,2013

Niowave vote on hold

City Council president says no solution on fašade work drawn up this week, vote on tax abatement taken off Monday’s agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 22 — Lansing City Council President Carol Wood said there will not be a final vote on Niowave Inc.’s requested tax abatement by the Council on Monday, as has been planned for several weeks.
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Friday, March 22,2013

On LSD

Lansing teachers, superintendent get a new five-year contract with layoffs; school board agrees to sell two buildings

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 21 — Lansing teachers gave up their daily planning time and agreed to no step salary increases as part of a new contract with the district adopted tonight.
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