After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero enjoyed a first last night: The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.
Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election. Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero. In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State takes a look at the key races from the voters’ perspective.
Fourth ward incumbent Jessica Yorko faces off next Tuesday against three challengers: Chong-Anna Canfora, of the liberal political advocacy group Progress Michigan, attorney Bert Carrier Jr. and Larry Hutchinson, a stay-at-home father. The top two vote-getters will face off in November’s general election.
In the latest episode of the Niowave pole barn dispute, Monday night the Lansing city council held a public hearing regarding the company’s recent application for a tax break on its property on North Walnut Street.
Lansing city council member Brian Jeffries, chairman of the council’s Planning and Development committee, and Walnut Neighborhood activist Dale Schrader update the situation. Niowave did not respond to our interview request.
Today on Current State: Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, business start-ups with the NEO Center, serving the local homeless population, and a preview of the BBC's Concert Orchestra performance at the Wharton Center.
Six months ago, political newcomer Jody Washington became Lansing’s First Ward representative on the city council. She ran to address serious challenges like the city’s burgeoning, long-term pension and health care deficit. Washington calls her brief tenure a 'roller coaster' and admits being disappointed. WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with her to explore why.