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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The Council promises to spend millage money — if it passes today at the polls — on police, fire and roads

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 3 — After several Lansing City Council members said at Monday night’s meeting they’ve heard concerns from residents that the city wouldn’t actually spend new millage revenue — if it passes today at the polls — on police, fire and roads, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution promising it would go for that purpose.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Let’s get along

Bernero, Hollister, Ferguson appeal to Lansing School Board and administrators to get along, improve public perception

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, May 5 — Two Lansing mayors and the chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees held a press conference at City Hall this morning to collectively tell the Lansing School Board and administration to get its act together.
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Monday, March 18,2013

The politics of data

The Meridian Township Board of Trustees balks at a public safety study

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, May 6 — The Meridian Township Board of Trustees withheld a vote at their Thursday night meeting to spend about $68,000 for an outside consultant to study the township’s police, fire and emergency medical service staffing.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Spending housing money

How will Lansing spend roughly $3 million in federal grants for low- to moderate-income housing next fiscal year?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, May 9 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote on a plan at tonight’s meeting to spend nearly $3 million for low- to moderate-income housing in the city.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A Jeffries, Wood, Hewitt memo suggests $5.3 million in budget cuts and new revenue in light of failed millage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 10 — Three Lansing City Council members authored a memo to the other five members and Mayor Virg Bernero that suggests upwards of $5.3 million in potential revenue and cuts to help plug a projected $20 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Hewitt not seeking re-election

First Ward City Councilman Eric Hewitt announces he will not run for a second term

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 10 — First Ward Lansing City Councilman Eric Hewitt said today that he will not seek re-election.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Proposed cuts to universities that offer same-sex benefits

Bauer: ‘Totally caught me by surprise’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, May 11 — State Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing, said today she was “surprised” and “dismayed” at a late amendment approved in the state House of Representatives’ omnibus education bill last week that proposes to cut state aid by another 5 percent for public universities that offer benefits that include covering same-sex partners.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The Lansing City Council makes no changes to the mayor’s budget proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 17 — Lansing City Council voted Monday 5-3 Monday to approve Mayor Virg Bernero’s budget proposal largely as he had laid it out March after amending it to allow for restoring up to 61 positions that are scheduled to be cut.Council members Kathie Dunbar, Tina Hought...
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Monday, March 18,2013

Hitting the pavement

First Ward City Council candidate Lynne Martinez kicks campaign into gear

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, May 19 — First Ward Lansing City Council candidate Lynne Martinez’s campaign officially kicked off today in front of a dozen supporters and curious voters outside of Gone Wired Café on Lansing’s east side.
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Monday, March 18,2013

New boundaries

About 2,000 Lansing residents will reside in a new ward under Election Commission’s plan

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, May 20 — The Lansing Election Commission voted unanimously today on a plan to redraw a portion of Second, Third and Fourth Ward boundaries that will change ward-of-residence for about 2,000 Lansing residents.
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