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.
March 18 2013
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...
Financial Health Team presents budget recommendations for next fiscal year
March 18 2013
Monday, March 18 — The city’s advisory Financial Health Team would make $12 million in cuts to services — including funding for police, fire, building inspection, cemeteries and golf...
Michigan Municipal League announces legislative priorities for 2013, wants more investment in local government
March 18 2013
Monday, March 18 — Officials with the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for local governments, say the governor and state Legislature need to reverse a decade-long trend of disinvesting...
Lansing School Board wants to avoid a Niowave-like situation as it considers selling excess property
March 15 2013
Friday, March 15 — A medical laboratory has offered to buy a vacant school building from the Lansing School District. As the school board discussed the sale at a work session Thursday night, some...
Long-term, regional recommendations approved
March 14 2013
Thursday, March 14 — The city’s mayoral-appointed Financial Health Team has approved recommendations to alter city employee health care and pension systems and significantly change the way...
An Obama administration official visits Lansing to make the case for higher education funding
March 13 2013
Monday, May 14 — A federal education official appeared at Eastern High School Friday to highlight the importance of higher education, financial aid opportunities and a push for federal programs that...
Council proposes amendments at morning budget session, setting the stage for final approval Monday night. The administration is skeptical “at first blush.”
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 17 — The Lansing City Council has some ideas of its own for balancing next fiscal year’s budget, which include bringing back two more police officers and two more firefighters...
Members of Occupy Lansing sing protest songs at the Capitol
March 13 2013
“Ha! Ha! Ha! Hee! Hee! Hee! Hee! Wallstreet shows terminal greed. Hee! Hee! Hee! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Courts are owned by CEOs.”
Legislation decried by environmental groups may soon legalize methane production via grass clippings
March 13 2013
MONDAY, May 21 — Michigan banned throwing away yard waste in neighborhood trash bins 17 years ago because of concerns about landfill space. Now, though, both Democrats and Republicans are trying...
Will Mayor Bernero keep his word on vetoing Council’s budget? “Of course,” his chief of staff says
March 13 2013
Tuesday, May 22 — The Lansing City Council adopted a fiscal year 2013 budget at its Monday night meeting, but it’s safe to say the budget process is far from over. By a 5-3 vote — with...
School aid changes could cost Lansing schools millions based on how it structures kindergarten classes
March 13 2013
Tuesday, May 22 — A proposed change in the State School Aid Act this year could negate all $2.5 million that was saved by the Lansing School District in its new reconfiguration plan
Vendors and community members had blue skies and sunshine for the opening day of the local market
March 13 2013
THURSDAY, May 24 — Farmers, food vendors and craft makers from Lansing and other areas of the state arrived Wednesday at 1619 East Kalamazoo St. to partake in the annual Allen Street Farmers Market
Nearly 80 activists mobilize in Lansing to call on state legislators for protection against LGBT discrimination
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 24 — In Michigan, someone can be fired from their job or denied housing because they're gay.vDriving that fact home to legislators was a key point in Equality Action Day, a lobbying...
Occupy Lansing members allege cost projections for last year’s overnight camping in Reutter Park were overblown; Council will look into the matter at their request
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 31 — Four members of Occupy Lansing sought answers from the Lansing City Council at its afternoon meeting today about the supposed costs of last year’s occupation in Reutter Park....
The city’s new bicycle ordinance; talking snow clearing deadlines and coming together against voter access legislation. Also, a public board tells Council the city needs more sidewalk funding.
March 13 2013
Monday, June 4 — It was a big night at City Hall for non-motorized transportation advocates. A public board told the Council in no uncertain terms that city needs more sidewalk construction and repair...
LCC is now offering to sell three downtown homes, each older than 100 years old, it had planned to demolish; still plans to make “park-like” entry on the north side of campus
March 13 2013
Thursday, June 7 — Instead of demolishing three downtown homes — which were built in 1898, 1902 and 1888 — to make way for a “park-like” entry into the north side of Lansing...
The snow removal ordinance is basically unchanged; the administration predicts a $1.8 million deficit for this year; and liquor licenses are approved for two downtown businesses
March 13 2013
Monday, June 11 — In another display that the Bernero administration doesn’t have a supportive City Council majority, proposed changes to the city’s snow removal ordinance failed to pass...
For those crazy enough to sign up for the race, organizers warn: “you may die”
March 13 2013
Tuesday, June 12 — The Spartan Death Race takes place in Pittsfield, VT, and is a 40-mile, multiple day race designed to break contestants physically and crush them mentally. On average, only 15...
United Peckham Employee Group members wanted to draw attention to what they claim are unfair labor practices by the Lansing-based Peckham Industries
March 13 2013
Tuesday, June 12 — Four organizers with the United Peckham employees union held banners and signs outside an annual golf outing expressing no love for Peckham Industries and how the union feels they’re...
In response to a Republican-led attack on abortion rights, thousands descend upon the Capitol for a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” led by female state legislators
March 13 2013
Monday, June 18 — Vagina. Signs and chants echoed the word across the front lawn of the Capitol in downtown Lansing on Monday night