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Five local school districts are leaning on new tax levies, bonding proposals and millage renewals to drive renovations, construction and other improvements for students in Greater Lansing. Here’s what voters in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties will decide in November: more
As a handful of Michigan schools have already closed due to illness, educators are hoping digital learning could keep schools on schedule. more
Another major renovation is headed to downtown Lansing — and this time, it’s for the children. more
Need  a job? There are plenty of local companies looking to attract new talent. And that’s evidenced by the “now hiring” signs lining just about every road in Greater Lansing. more
In uncertain economic times, it’s never a bad idea to seek out ways to get some extra cash in your pockets. more
As Michiganders lost their jobs during the pandemic, there was a rise in need for skilled workers in many industries. It pains me to say it, but many who lost their jobs will find it hard to replace them at the same level, all while employers in high demand industries — such as agribusiness, health care, IT and manufacturing — are struggling to find talent. more
The pandemic has shown us the critical necessity for healthcare workers. Even before the pandemic, the realities of an aging population required an influx of new healthcare workers to address rising care needs. Now, in the midst of the most critical public health event of our lifetimes, healthcare professionals are even more essential. more
In the Lansing area, there were 15,275 unique job postings in September of 2020. That figure steadily climbed 44% over the following 12 months to 22,042 in August 2021. This impressive shift is likely tied to the large number of people that had left the workforce for various reasons over the past 18 months, including longer-term unemployment benefits lessening the financial pressure to return to work, hesitancy surrounding the pandemic and its effect on working conditions, perceived or actual risk of COVID-19 infection and family safety, schooling circumstances and childcare availability.  more
As I thought about the many relevant events affecting our members in labor, I kept returning to one topic. It’s been something I have been thinking about for a while but hesitated to write about because how does one share the brighter side of a pandemic which has caused so much hardship for the membership and for our country? This hesitation began to wane as it became apparent that many of our fellow Americans in the working-class were getting caught in the trap set by big business and special interests: divide and conquer. more
For employers in the Greater Lansing region, the focus on attracting and retaining talent has been a priority and challenge even before the global pandemic. For the past several years, the annual Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce membership survey has shown that talent and workforce development is the No. 1 priority for regional businesses. more
Like green shoots growing back after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, signs of a post-pandemic economic rebound are springing up everywhere in greater Lansing. Those signs usually say “Now … more
Amid a historically high spike in gun violence, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is urging Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Siemon to rethink a recent “unwise” policy change that he contends only serves to give people a “free pass” to bring a gun to a crime. more
Shootings. Fights. Property damage. Theft. In recent months, residents along the 800 block of Baker Street have been plagued by violence and crime. more
The vacant property was foreclosed on last July for failing to pay taxes and has since been deemed as an “unsafe” structure by the Fire Marshal’s Office at the Lansing Fire Department. more
TUESDAY, Sept. 21 — The Lansing area will receive $2 million in state funding to go toward a future performance hall as part of the coming year's state budget. The shot in state funding, … more
As Ann Arbor readies for a one-year anniversary celebration of  its decriminalization of psychedelic plants and fungi, state lawmakers are considering a similar move that would apply to the entire state.  more
Michigan’s medical marijuana caregivers say proposed legislation supported by licensed growers would hurt their patients. more
The latest data from the Michigan School Health Survey System tells a much different story. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth and 21 other elected leaders in Greater Lansing are pushing back against recent prosecutorial policy changes. more
Regular listeners of free online police scanner feeds in Greater Lansing may have noticed a bit less radio chatter than usual. more
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