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Wednesday, April 3,2013

'Sidewalk to Nowhere' on the ropes

With a deadline Tuesday, the Waverly Road sidewalk project envisioned by the Bernero administration may not happen

by Andy Balaskovitz
A sidewalk project along Waverly Road — a goal of the Bernero administration for over two years — may not happen unless Lansing Township and Ingham County agree by Tuesday to help pay for it.
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Monday, April 1,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearings round 1: Fees and revenues

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 1 — The Lansing City Council kicked off its weekly budget hearings under President Carol Wood tonight with a look at how the Bernero administration proposes bringing in new revenue to the city.
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Friday, March 29,2013

Council night

Council starts budget deliberations Monday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 29 — The Lansing City Council will begin its weekly budget hearings Monday night, starting with fees and revenues proposed by the Bernero administration.
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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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