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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Accident Fund: If we build it, can they come?

by Kyle Melinn
Like just about everyone else in town, downtown worker Judy Putnam was marveling at the gorgeous new Accident Fund headquarters the other day when she got the itch to peek inside.What’s the harm, right? It’s not the Sears Tower or the Empire State Building, but this is the closest thing we have to cool in Lansing. Surely they wouldn’t mind if someone wanted to see the lobby ...
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Hewitt out, six others get in 1st Ward race

by Kyle Melinn
Councilman Eric Hewitt, the first-term member from the 1st Ward, opted against filing for re-election, creating a wide-open, six-person race that features a former councilman, a former state representative and several aggressive newcomers. The top two will face each other in November.
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Friday, April 29,2011

Ferguson puts chips on MSU over Greektown

by Kyle Melinn
The chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees told the Michigan Gaming Control Board this week he is withdrawing his name from consideration for one of seven spots overseeing one of Detroit’s three casinos, a venture that would...
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Snyder's plan may not create any jobs

by Kyle Melinn
On Tuesday, it was learned Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger agreed on a revamped way to get rid of the Michigan Business Tax by softening the impact of the "pension tax," but what will be pushed through the Legislature is still more than 90 percent Snyder’s original plan.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Second casino plan targets Lansing

by Kyle Melinn
Michigan is Yours! is the moniker being used by developer Tony Gray and Chief David Tomby, who tried four years ago to build a casino on top of Cobo Hall ' something he called the Xanadu Plan. Detroit radio host John Mason and music artist Morris Day also have signed on to this effort to collect 400,000 signatures by Oct.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Like father, like daughter?

Like father, like daughter? Young Bernero testing political waters

by Kyle Melinn
The name "Bernero" may be showing up again on another ballot near you. This time the first name accompanying the well-known surname won’t be "Virg." It would be Kelly.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Do these protests really make a difference?

by Kyle Melinn
Koopsen’s mind was made up. "Most of us are students. It’s hard to get by with money and everything, but at the end of the day people who have nothing have the right to speak," said the 19-year-old Western Michigan University student. "If this is the way we speak, by being arrested, I’m willing to speak that way.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Equal rights don't come with price tag

by Kyle Melinn
I understand Michigan has this crater-sized budget hole and everyone is getting nixed. I get it, I get it. That’s just the way it is.What I don’t understand is why conservative legislators are getting away with using these tough times as an excuse, again, to treat its public employees differently based on whom they sleep with.
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Wednesday, March 2,2011

No Labor Day for Michigan unions, either

by Kyle Melinn
Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature aren’t talking about ending public employees’ collective bargaining rights like their GOP friends across the big pond. Instead, they’re setting so many little fires, labor unions are being forced to split up to put them all out.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Whitmer leading charge against Snyder budget

by Kyle Melinn
Her problems with Snyder’s budget: The elimination of the income tax exemption on pensions and the Earned Income Tax Credit, the $470-per-pupil cut to K-12 education, the 15 percent cut to universities, a $150 million cut to local governments, the $180 million in state employee concessions.
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