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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

The financial review has begun

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 1 — Former Lansing Mayor David Hollister was back in the City Council chambers tonight to deliver a challenging financial outlook for the city. Hollister heads a newly appointed committee recommending fixes to budget problems that he says were years in the making.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Here comes a(nother) deficit

Property tax revenue drop, increased costs cause $11 million budget deficit projection for next fiscal year

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Oct. 5 — Prepare for more “pain,” the Bernero administration said today as it announced a projected $11 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

All eyes on McQueen

Oral arguments before the state Supreme Court heard today on major medical marijuana case

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Oct. 11 — The Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning from both sides of a medical marijuana case that effectively shut down most of Lansing’s dispensaries over a year ago.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Tax delinquency report stalls YMCA redevelopment indefinitely

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 15 — The redevelopment of the former YMCA building in downtown Lansing is stalled indefinitely after a media report that uncovered the project’s developer owes back taxes to the city.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council opens discussion on an ordinance that would require more transparency by developers

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 22 — Another politically charged battle between organized labor and the chamber of commerce could be brewing in the Lansing City Council chambers. Look no further than a proposed ordinance that aims to increase transparency in the bidding for projects that receive certain tax incentives.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Facebook politics

Republican drain commissioner candidate shuns his campaign manager’s tactics against incumbent Democrat Pat Lindemann, who is considering legal action.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Oct. 26 — One Facebook message is all it took for Timothy Grant to distance himself from his campaign manager and for Pat Lindemann to consider legal action against what could be defamatory statements.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Victory for open carriers

State Court of Appeals reverses Circuit Court ruling on the Capital Area District Library’s ability to regulate guns

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Oct. 26 — “Cloud nine” is how the president of Michigan Open Carry described his emotions upon learning of a state Court of Appeals ruling today involving the Capital Area District Library’s ability to regulate guns in libraries.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

‘Big flashing green light’

Mayor Bernero, Sault Tribe chairman announce progress in Kewadin Lansing casino; legal challenges still ahead

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 1 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians officials and private investors were aglow late this morning as they signed a purchase agreement for downtown land they hope will be transformed into a casino.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Jamo & Ross

Circuit Court candidate Ken Ross defends his ad, opponent James Jamo defends his record

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Nov. 2 — The two candidates for a 30th Circuit Court judge seat are defending themselves in light of a television ad launched this week by Ken Ross’s campaign attacking opponent James Jamo.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

‘Warp speed’ on Red Cedar

Mayor Virg Bernero on Red Cedar approval; EFM defeat; and a pledge to not seek reelection if Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township merge

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 8 — What started out as excitement to redevelop the former Red Cedar Golf Course evolved into a criticism of Gov. Rick Snyder’s urban agenda, which was underscored by the repeal Tuesday of the state’s Emergency Financial Manager law.
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