Government

As Demolition Proceeds, Surprises Revealed

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ELi's Alice Dreger reports why the hole at 100 West Grand River Avenue still isn't filled in, and the developer's representative explains the challenges of trying to work with the City of East Lansing on getting a project built.

What's Going on Now with the Center City Project? (UPDATED)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What’s up with the Center City District project, set to transform a large chunk of East Lansing’s downtown? Why is Parking Lot #1 now open and why are there various trucks there? And what is the project looking like economically for City taxpayers?

Ask ELi: Can Businesses Ever Legally Refuse to Serve Customers?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A reader asked about signage at Whole Foods that asserts the right "to refuse service to anyone." Is that different from the actions of the Charlotte cider mill that led East Lansing to oust them as farmers' market vendors? ELi's Ann Nichols reports.

Bike-to-School Advocates See Tonight’s Forum as Key Opportunity

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The East Lansing School Board and City Council had some disagreement Monday night about children biking to school, and bike-to-school advocates see tonight's Community Forum as a chance to make some long-awaited headway on this issue.

Major Parts of Center City Deal Still Up in the Air

Monday, October 2, 2017

Why hasn't the Center City District project broken ground? Turns out that key financial and legal components of the deal are still in flux. ELi's Alice Dreger digs to bring you the details.

East Lansing’s BWL Rep Resigns Over Poverty Issue

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bob Nelson, East Lansing’s representative to BWL, has resigned over what he sees as the electric utility's failure to adequately care for poor people in its service area. City Council has named former mayor Doug Jester to replace him.

Ask ELi: Who Pays What If Tax Proposals Pass

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ELi's Jessy Gregg answers more questions about the tax proposals. Why would residents pay double the income tax of non-residents? Won't the plan disproportionately harm renters? (And much more.)

State Bill Would Limit City Income Tax Options

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

If proposed state legislation passes, East Lansing and other cities would be further limited in what income taxes they could levy. The mayor says MSU is behind this, but MSU tells ELi that's not so.

Ask ELi: Why an Income Tax?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

You've got questions about the income tax proposal. ELi's Jessy Gregg brings answers.

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