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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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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Sobering news as the budget process winds down. Also, Council approves a permit for redeveloping the old Silver Dollar property; Emergent Biosolutions wants to expand; and supporting striking Red Cross workers.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, May 14 — In a matter of three hours between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, the City Council learned from the Bernero administration that the General Fund may have to start funding a $1.6 million deficit for the city’s Tax Increment Financing Authority starting in 2014; a budget deficit in the city’s General Fund will appear at the end of this fiscal year; and the city may have to inject another $3 million annually into its two retirement systems due to rising health care costs.
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