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Monday, March 18,2013

No need for ‘fat cat’ lists

Mayor’s Office: You can keep your highfalutin rankings, Forbes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 3 – The Bernero administration is hardly impressed that the publishing company Forbes ranked Lansing 13th this week on its list of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Kicking around the casino proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Monday night marked the start of the Lansing City Council’s formal discussion on the Bernero administration’s plans to bring a casino downtown.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A budget halftime report and a dwindling reserves reminder

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 13 — The Lansing City Council spent most of its Monday night being briefed on the past year and a half of the city’s finances.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Council Night

Setting dates to discuss casino agreements and encouraging Meijer to keep free publications

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 17 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to set four public hearings on the administration's casino proposal at its meeting Monday night.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Casino hearings set; more questions from Council

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 21 — Depending on public turnout, March 12 may be a long night for the Lansing City Council. At its meeting Monday, the body set four public hearings on various aspects of the Kewadin Lansing casino proposal for that date.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Council Night

Public hearings scheduled for Monday night on various pieces of the downtown casino proposal. Will opponents continue to outnumber supporters?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 9 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to hold public hearings Monday night on four components of the downtown casino proposal.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Casino advocates, opponents pitch their opinions to the Council. Also, the 51 seasonal employees laid off on short notice speak out against Bernero.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 13 — If you’re keeping score, 21 members of the public spoke in support of a downtown Lansing casino plan in front of City Council Monday night, while 16 spoke against.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Council Night

Casino plans up for Council approval Monday night

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 16 – Four pieces of the Kewadin Lansing casino proposal are scheduled for City Council approval at Monday’s meeting.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council gives the go-ahead on downtown casino proposal. Now we likely wait years on the federal government and lawsuits. Bernero: ‘There are no guarantees overall we’ll be able to succeed.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, March 20 — Fifty-six days after Mayor Virg Bernero announced that the city intended to bring a tribally owned casino downtown, the Lansing City Council voted 7-1 to back the mayor’s proposal.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The mayor’s budget recommendation for fiscal year 2013

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 26 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero made his annual budget presentation tonight to the City Council and he’s calling for furlough days or negotiating lower pension and healthcare obligations to help close a $4.7 million budget deficit.
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