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Monday, March 18,2013

Express your view

Let Gov. Snyder know where you stand on same-sex benefits

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Gov. Rick Snyder may sign legislation today that would eliminate benefits for same-sex partners of public employees throughout Michigan. He needs to know where you stand.Please call the governor today at (517) 336-7854 or e-mail him at Rick.Snyder@michigan.gov — or even better, do both.Here is a message from Jay Kaplan, director of the GLBT Project at the ACLU of Michigan:
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Rapids'-fire humor

Ed Helms, Anne Heche and John C. Reilly excel in a bright, brisk comedy

by James Sanford
A small-town guy has a big-city adventure — well, it’s a bigger city than the one he’s from, anyway — in “Cedar Rapids,” a brisk, lively and often hilarious yarn with a bit of a bite to it. That shouldn’t be too surprising, considering it was directed by Miguel Arteta, a filmmaker who delights in taking seemingly conventional set-ups in unexpected directions.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A May election and another golf deficit

The Lansing City Council is expected to approve tonight a May election to increase taxes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 21 — The Lansing City Council is likely tonight to approve a special election to be held on May 3 to increase the city’s property tax by 4 mills in an effort to balance the budget.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

May 3 election: It’s on, with Jeffries a lone voice of opposition

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 22 — Brian Jeffries was the lone vote on the Lansing City Council Monday night opposing calling a special election on May 3 on whether to implement a 4-mill property tax increase. It passed 6-1.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Guns on hold

A hearing on the Capital Area District Library’s weapons policy postponed

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 24 — A court hearing on the Capital Area District Library’s weapons policy was postponed today at the request of the lawyer for Michigan Open Carry, CADL’s lawyer said.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Supporting East Village

A host of incentives for completing the East Village housing development on tap tonight

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 28 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on five different incentives that will give the developer of East Village a boost to complete the project.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The Lansing City Council makes East Village a little more attractive

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 1 —The Lansing City Council approved five resolutions Monday night meant to encourage further development at the East Village residential development on Lansing’s east side.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Off the hook

New amnesty program to benefit those with parking, traffic and court debts

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 3 — For nearly 3,000 people with outstanding warrants from fees due to the city, Lansing officials are giving you a break from potential jail time.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Millage opposition

Formal opposition to the May 3 ballot proposal surfaces

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 3 — John Pollard, the City Council regular who led the successful opposition to a school bond drive in Lansing 10 years ago, will lead an effort to block the city’s proposed property tax increase.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Setting a date on tax abatements and a business owner speaks out against the proposed property tax millage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 8 — A slow night at the Lansing City Council meeting Monday centered around scheduling a public hearing on personal property tax abatements.
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