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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A State of the City timeline

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 30 — Following his 30-minute State of the City speech tonight, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said “not much” changed in preparing for this year’s compared to last.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Miserable old Lansing

Lansing ranks 13th in Forbes’ list of America’s Most Miserable Cities

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 2 — Don't look for Capital Gains to pick up this story. No, the publication focused on positive news in the area likely won’t mention that Forbes placed Lansing at 13th on its recent list of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Who gets the jobs, if they come?

Casino opposition says non-Sault Tribe, Lansing-area residents shouldn’t expect many of the 2,200 jobs promised as part of the Lansing Kewadin casino. Proponents disagree.

by Andy Balaskovitz
James Nye, a spokesman representing two tribes that oppose Lansing’s casino plan, is suggesting most of the 2,200 jobs — with a Lansing-area hiring preference — promised by the city as part of the Kewadin Lansing casino proposal “would likely never be available” to non-Sault Tribe, Lansing-area residents.
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Monday, March 18,2013

No need for ‘fat cat’ lists

Mayor’s Office: You can keep your highfalutin rankings, Forbes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 3 – The Bernero administration is hardly impressed that the publishing company Forbes ranked Lansing 13th this week on its list of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Kicking around the casino proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Monday night marked the start of the Lansing City Council’s formal discussion on the Bernero administration’s plans to bring a casino downtown.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A budget halftime report and a dwindling reserves reminder

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 13 — The Lansing City Council spent most of its Monday night being briefed on the past year and a half of the city’s finances.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Council Night

Setting dates to discuss casino agreements and encouraging Meijer to keep free publications

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 17 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to set four public hearings on the administration's casino proposal at its meeting Monday night.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Casino hearings set; more questions from Council

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 21 — Depending on public turnout, March 12 may be a long night for the Lansing City Council. At its meeting Monday, the body set four public hearings on various aspects of the Kewadin Lansing casino proposal for that date.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Council Night

Public hearings scheduled for Monday night on various pieces of the downtown casino proposal. Will opponents continue to outnumber supporters?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 9 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to hold public hearings Monday night on four components of the downtown casino proposal.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Casino advocates, opponents pitch their opinions to the Council. Also, the 51 seasonal employees laid off on short notice speak out against Bernero.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 13 — If you’re keeping score, 21 members of the public spoke in support of a downtown Lansing casino plan in front of City Council Monday night, while 16 spoke against.
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