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Tuesday, May 21,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves a budget in messy fashion, Mayor Bernero promises some vetoes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 21 — The Lansing City Council approved a fiscal year 2014 budget at Monday’s meeting, but it was ugly. The process, that is.
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Monday, May 20,2013

School for the Blind discussion

Ingham County Land Bank, Great Lakes Capital Fund to hold public meeting on School for the Blind plans

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, May 20 — On Tuesday, the Ingham County Land Bank and the Great Lakes Capital Fund will hold a public meeting on plans to repurpose the School for the Blind campus west of Old Town.
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Friday, May 17,2013

What can Dems pick up?

Michigan Democratic Party chairman puts 8th Congressional District in play

by Kyle Melinn
Friday, May 17 — The chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party considers the 8th Congressional District an “absolutely winnable race” for Democrats regardless of whether seven-term U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, runs for the U.S. Senate in 2014 or is tapped to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Friday, May 17,2013

On LSD

Lansing School District budget on its way to leaner times next year

by Sam Inglot
Friday, May 17 — On Thursday night, the Lansing School District Board of Education got its first taste of the proposed $142.5 million district budget for next school year — it’s about $22.5 million slimmer than this year’s budget.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Cristo Rey merger is off

Community center's future will reach 'resolution' soon, diocese says

by Lawrence Cosentino
A proposed merger between Cristo Rey Community Center and St. Vincent Catholic Charities that has been under attack by a citizens group has been called off, Michael Murray, legal counsel for the Diocese of Lansing, said Monday.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Bernero weighing options for BWL fees

City attorney issues formal legal opinion on proposed fees for streetlights, fire hydrants

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, May 16 — Lansing City Attorney Janene McIntyre issued a formal legal opinion today saying the city could move forward with charging Lansing Board of Water and Light customers fees for fire hydrants as part of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed budget. However, the City Council would need to amend an ordinance to allow for a special assessment to pay for streetlights.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

The ride of silence

Annual bike ride remembering bicyclists killed or fatally injured by motor vehicles resonates locally after fatal accident this week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, May 16 — A procession of nearly 200 bicyclists traveled from Michigan State University to the Capitol Wednesday night. As a police escort stopped traffic along Michigan Avenue throughout the ride, it felt as if the cyclists were making the statement to idle cars watching: “These are our roads, too.”
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Thursday, May 16,2013

It's a tie

Transportation Review Committee makes no recommendation on Michigan Flyer expansion because of tie vote

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 16 — The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Review Committee won’t be making a recommendation to the full commission on Michigan Flyer expanding its runs between East Lansing and Ann Arbor because of a tie vote at its meeting Wednesday night.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

What about those 'fees?'

Bernero administration still unclear whether proposed fire hydrant and streetlight charges would be a fee or a tax

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a week to go before the Lansing City Council must adopt a new budget, the single biggest issue has yet to be resolved. The question is whether Mayor Virg Bernero's proposed charge for hydrants and streetlights is a fee or a tax. The Council can increase fees, but a tax would require a vote of the people.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Ride or fly

Mayor, Council president and business community — in defense of airport — line up against federal grant for Michigan Flyer. One supporter calls for a grown up in the debate.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tension between the Capital Region Airport Authority and Michigan Flyer has been rekindled in recent weeks as the private bus service seeks local approval for a $595,680 federal grant to expand its service between East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
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