Lansing politics

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On August 4th, Lansing voters will narrow the field of candidates for Lansing city council. There will be at least one new member of the council after the November general election. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy about the candidates.


Carol Wood photo
WKAR file photo

The Lansing Board of Water and Light may embark on a study to help justify its status as a city-owned utility. City council member Carol Wood likes the idea.


A group of Lansing activists want to enact a city anti-corruption ordinance. Current State talks to political activist Walt Sorg about what triggered this effort.

Picture of David Hollister and Virg Bernero
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the time has come to explore the possibility of selling the city-owned Board of Water and Light. According to a statement provided to Lansing City Pulse, Bernero views potential changes involving the BWL as “a way to address our long term liabilities.” However,  he said any decision at this point, “would be premature.”

Carol Wood photo
WKAR file photo

After a marathon session, the Lansing City Council last night approved Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2015-16 budget, but it was not a complete victory for the mayor. The council also rejected his plan to create a new layer of oversight to regulate the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Bernero proposed establishing the position of inspector general to review the BWL’s procedures to ensure greater accountability, but after hours of debate and several failed attempts to pass amendments, the city council instead decided to fund an audit of the BWL by an independent agency.

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