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Thursday, March 25,2010

Virg Watch

A quirky fundraiser for Bernero, and a campaign stop in Kalamazoo

by Neal McNamara
Would you like to eat ice cream at 8 a.m. and pay $250 to have a private conversation with Virg Bernero? Well, you’re in luck.Last week, the Bernero campaign sent out an invitation for an “un-breakfast” fundraiser on April 1 at Perspective2 in Old Town for the gubernatori...
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Temple taxes

Local pastor, city official had ongoing delinquent taxes

by Neal McNamara
Maxwell said that the transfer should have been done a long time ago. He said that the transfer “had nothing to do” with the fact that news broke last Wednesday that Charles Moore, the treasurer of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s gubernatorial campaign, owes $91,000 in property taxes.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Partially paid

Company that owns downtown Lansing office building pays some back taxes

by Neal McNamara
101 S. Washington Sq. Development LLC paid off $184,380.07 in 2007 taxes and $68,569.93 in late fees on Friday for the office building at 101 S. Washington Square, on the southeast corner of Washington and Michigan Avenue, Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing said.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Skate shop

City agency applies for grant for downtown skating rink

by Neal McNamara
The Lansing Tax Increment Finance Authority has applied for a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to build a year-round rink, which would be partially covered. The remaining $400,000 would come from revenues from the TIFA. The TIFA captures taxes in the district and reserves them for uses such as public improvements.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Get paid

Why such a tiff over Lansing City Council members giving back some of their pay?

by Neal McNamara
Robinson is referring to an attempt at last week’s Council meeting by At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries to put a nonbinding resolution on the agenda for each Council member to give up a portion of pay equivalent to how much city employees are losing to furlough days.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Virg Watch

A new poll shows Bernero still trailing Dillon, plus a few other endorsements

by Neal McNamara
Another week, another poll of the gubernatorial race. Bill Ballenger, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics,released an early snippet of a poll commissioned by Market Research Group thatshows Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero trailing Speaker of the House Andy Dillonamong likely — that is...
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Monday, March 15,2010

Shopping and skating

Grant could bring year-round skating rink to the Lansing City Market area

by Neal McNamara
A $500,000 ice rink near the new City Market may be in Lansing’s future.The Lansing Tax Increment Finance Authority has applied for a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to build a year-round rink, which would be partially covered. The remaining $400,000 would come from revenues from the TIFA. The TIFA captures taxes in the district and reserves them for uses such as infrastructure or public improvements. The TIFA board on March 5 approved the use of $400,000 for the rink.
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Payoff date

Members of boards and commissions still owe taxes

by Neal McNamara
The Rev. Charles Bicy owes $373.25 in winter 2009 taxes on a home he is listed as owning at 501 S. Fairview Ave., according to Ingham County records. They were due to the city on Feb. 16 and turned over to the Ingham County Treasurer’s Office for collection on March 2.
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Robot attack

Bernero attacked over education, labor issues

by Neal McNamara
At least one call went out on Friday around 4:30 p.m. and asked recipients to contact UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and ask him to not support Bernero for the Democratic nomination for governor. Rumors have circulated recently that Bernero will soon get the union’s endorsement.
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Kids in the Hall

An aggregator of Lansing government happenings

by Neal McNamara
Dunbar said members needed more time to plan their budgets before they could give up the income. Jeffries said city employees didn’t have much time..
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