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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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Friday, March 22,2013

What stands in the way of hundreds of thousands in Michigan getting health insurance? The state Legislature.

by Walt Sorg
For most of her adult life, Mari has lived the ultimate gamble: getting through without health insurance. She has always had a job but made too much money to qualify for Medicaid, which caps income for single adult recipients at 35 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $3,900 in 2012. Her employers did not offer a health benefit. With an annual income of less than $22,000, buying insurance on her own was simply out of the question.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

Police layoffs coming?

Bernero ‘looking at’ police layoffs if no concessions

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 21 — Unless its employee bargaining unit is willing to make concessions to reduce costs to the city, the Lansing Police Department may see layoffs as part of Mayor Virg Bernero’s next budget proposal.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

LCC houses on path to deconstruction

Three houses will be deconstructed following RFP, lead and asbestos removal

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 21 — Lansing Community College will soon start the process of removing three homes — each at least 111 years old — on the southwest corner of North Capitol Avenue and West Saginaw Street to make way for a park-like entrance to its campus.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Verrr-y interesting

Sizing up a swastika vase at the MSU Surplus Store

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cavernous MSU Surplus Store is a "Casablanca" for hard drives and file cabinets, a place of last resort for discarded things. From reel-to-reel tape recorders to Spartan-green street signs, a jumble of rejects sleep on the shelves like opium addicts, absorbing a slow rain of dust, waiting for another chance.
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