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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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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Let the budget games begin: Proposal for using millage money “infuriates” one Council member

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 2 — The first night of formal budget hearings before the Lansing City Council featured a few angry Council members over how the administration proposes to spend police and fire millage money.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council adopts the city’s first master plan in more than 50 years

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 9 — It took 54 years, but the city of Lansing now has an updated comprehensive master plan.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Meadows to run for district court

The term-limited state representative announces he’ll run for district court judge in East Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
State Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, announced today that he’s running for a judge seat in East Lansing’s 54B District Court, which is being vacated by retiring Judge David Jordon.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearing picks apart police millage appropriation, consolidation. Administration still facing opposition from Council.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 16 — The Bernero administration’s budget proposal to spend nearly $650,000 on plans to consolidate the Lansing Police Department into one building is the continuation of a four-year trend.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Developer says he’d sell the North Precinct to the city for $3.4 million

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 23 — Turns out Harry Hepler is willing to sell the 24,000-square-foot North Precinct — and another 117,000 square feet of additional space — to the city for about $3.4 million (which includes interest).
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearing shines light on public service millage spending

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 8 — Nearly half of Lansing’s roads are in poor to failed condition, the Lansing City Council was told Monday night, but the Bernero administration hopes the $1.9 million expected in new tax revenue will keep the number from growing exponentially.
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