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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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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The mayor presents his budget and the Council debates park improvements

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 29 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero spoke with a solemn tone Monday evening in his office on the ninth floor of City Hall. He had just proposed a fiscal year 2012 budget to the City Council on the floor above — the smallest city budget since 2001.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Paying elected officials

Tonight’s Committee of the Whole to look at elected officials’ pay

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 4 — The Elected Officers Compensation Commission recommends that elected officials’ pay stay the same as it was in 2009.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Neighborhood video production

A Lansing couple seeks to open a video production studio in a south side neighborhood

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 6 — Lisa and Russell Davis have been producing short films and music videos for years, but never had a permanent studio to call home.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Crego gets cash

The state approves parks funding that will go toward reopening Crego Park

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 8 — The city has landed $500,000 in state grant money for reopening Lansing’s largest park, Parks Director Murdock Jemerson said.
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