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Thursday, March 28,2013

Wood: computergate not over

City Council president says controversy over Kathie Dunbar’s computer is not resolved

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 28 — Lansing City Council President Carol Wood said Wednesday she believes a controversy surrounding Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar’s city-issued laptop computer is not over. She will continue to seek answers.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

The veto

Mayor Bernero holds sway over City Council by being able to sustain a veto. This year's election could change that.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Ten months ago, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero closed out the annual budget process by alienating some union officials and formerly loyal members on the City Council.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Looking long term

How Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal looks beyond June 30, 2014

by Andy Balaskovitz
Balancing Lansing's budget is the easy part. Just ask Virg Bernero, who's had to annually patch over millions of dollars in budget deficits since he took over as mayor in 2006. Layoffs here, department reorganizations there. Canceling construction projects, closing a few golf courses.
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Monday, March 25,2013

Bernero's budget

With deficit $4 million less than expected, cost-shifting to residents and businesses to pay for fire hydrants and streetlights

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 25 — Lansing’s projected budget deficit for the coming fiscal year has shrunk to $5 million, which is $4 million less than anticipated, the Bernero administration announced today.
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Friday, March 22,2013

Niowave vote on hold

City Council president says no solution on fašade work drawn up this week, vote on tax abatement taken off Monday’s agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 22 — Lansing City Council President Carol Wood said there will not be a final vote on Niowave Inc.’s requested tax abatement by the Council on Monday, as has been planned for several weeks.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

Police layoffs coming?

Bernero ‘looking at’ police layoffs if no concessions

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 21 — Unless its employee bargaining unit is willing to make concessions to reduce costs to the city, the Lansing Police Department may see layoffs as part of Mayor Virg Bernero’s next budget proposal.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Computergate

A City Council employee reveals what she claimed Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar asked her to do — and provides the results of a lie detector test to support her claim.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council's office manager says Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar asked her to file a false police report in November saying Dunbar's city-issued laptop had been stolen. Dunbar denies the accusation. Filing a false police report is a crime.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Fixing the facade

Niowave's personal property tax abatement may come with strings attached

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has stepped in to try resolving the dispute between Niowave Inc. and Walnut Neighborhood residents over the appearance of the company's 14,000-square-foot pole barn.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A May election and another golf deficit

The Lansing City Council is expected to approve tonight a May election to increase taxes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 21 — The Lansing City Council is likely tonight to approve a special election to be held on May 3 to increase the city’s property tax by 4 mills in an effort to balance the budget.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

May 3 election: It’s on, with Jeffries a lone voice of opposition

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 22 — Brian Jeffries was the lone vote on the Lansing City Council Monday night opposing calling a special election on May 3 on whether to implement a 4-mill property tax increase. It passed 6-1.
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