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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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Monday, March 18,2013

Personal property breaks

Setting a public hearing scheduled tonight on proposed tax breaks for a local health insurance research firm

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 7 — The only scheduled business at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting is setting a public hearing for March 14 to consider property tax exemptions for a health insurance research firm.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Repaving REO Town

The city seeks input on redesigning Washington Avenue through REO Town

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 10 — Lansing city officials say that in about two years, the stretch of Washington Avenue between Malcolm X Street and Barnes Avenue — through the heart of REO Town — will look a lot different than it does today.
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Monday, March 18,2013

All together now

The Lansing City Council to discuss joining regional efforts to share fire services. Finance director says it’s unrelated to Tuesday’s millage election.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, May 2 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution at tonight’s meeting that would seek funding from the Michigan Municipal League to help study cost-saving measures for regionalizing fire services.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Development with tax breaks

Tax break packages on the Lansing City Council agenda for MedAssurant, former Knapp’s building

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 14 — Health insurance research firm MedAssurant may be one step closer to personal property tax exemptions after tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting.
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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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