Meadows “just as surprised as everyone” // Eliot Singer

Mayor Mark Meadows wrote on July 24, “I was just as surprised as everyone to see that the developer was advertising the Grand River property as ‘student housing.’ The Grand River housing was approved as market rate housing and was to be advertised as available to anyone.”

https://eastlansinginfo.org/content/downtown-businesses-panicking-over-construction-related-downturn

Another wonderful example of an excuse-making professional politician having to choose between admitting he was in the know from the beginning or coming across as a moron.

Ruth Beier knew, she just doesn’t seem to … Read more →

Consumption taxes vs Income taxes… // Dave Finet

I’d like to thank Mr Wolf for reinforcing my point with his informative email.  The difference between consumption taxes (as most of the taxes he mentioned ARE consumption taxes) and income taxes is EXACTLY the reason that some STATES don’t even collect income tax!

http://www.howmoneywalks.com/consumption-tax-vs-income-tax-why-more-states-are-opting-to-collect-consumption-taxes-only/

Consumption taxes are more progressive than income taxes and (in the East Lansing situation) don’t punish “non-residents” for East Lansing’s financial mismanagement and force them to pay for anyone else’s “quality of life”.

So, yes, compare all you’d like… but … Read more →

Smart Development, Cool City, No Income Tax // Matt Mitroka

While East Lansing may have limited options to increase property taxes, there is the option to raise more money via property taxes in the form of increased property values and reassessment at the time of sale. While there are the issues of potential bait and switch by developers, etc, there are also the issues that East Lansing seems to be afraid of student developments and increased urban density. Yes, previous eras of MSU students acted in ways that hurt the relationship between the City … Read more →

Helpful Election Information // Alice Dreger

East Lansing Info (ELi) provides nonprofit, nonpartisan news and information for East Lansing. A major part of that service is providing information and investigative reporting about elections for voters in East Lansing.

Jessy Gregg and I have produced a comprehensive nonpartisan voter guide on the income tax proposal, with substantial help from Chris Root. You can read that here:
https://eastlansinginfo.org/content/elis-voter-guide-income-tax

Additionally, Chris Root has provided an in-depth look at the Ingham County jail and justice millage, published here:
https://eastlansinginfo.org/content/august-ballot-has-another-proposal-ingham-county-voters-new-jail

Karessa Wheeler … Read more →

Road Construction, City Income Tax Video, and Business Changes Around Town // Matt Kazmierski

Punk Taco coming to East Lansing

There are a couple of large road construction projects that start today – Monday, June 25 – in East Lansing. The first is a section of N. Hagadorn road, between Haslett and Lake Lansing roads. More details can be found at  http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/construction . The second (long-awaited) project is being done by MDOT on Saginaw Highway between Coolidge and Hagadorn roads. According to a City news release, “The project will include 2.18 miles of hot mix asphalt cold milling and resurfacing, joint repairs, ADA upgrades to … Read more →

Upcoming Road Construction and New Income Tax Proposal // Matt Kazmierski

Alton Road - bumpy

There will be a couple of large road construction projects coming up in East Lansing this summer, that you’ll probably want to be aware of. Beginning in early June, and going through the middle of August, work will occur on North Hagadorn (north of Haslett Rd to Lake Lansing Rd), and then on Alton Road(between Burcham and Saginaw). The construction on Alton will begin once the work on Hagadorn is completed. A detailed letter from senior engineer Steven Roach is attached.

In other tax dollar news…

During a special … Read more →

re: The Sunny Side of East Lansing // Alice Dreger

My thanks go out to Matt Kazmierski, Public Response’s Administrator, for his “Sunny Side of East Lansing” post. What a great list!

As a follow-up, I’d like to remind people that ELi’s Managing Editor Ann Nichols is always looking for story suggestions about East Lansing, so if you see a “sunny side” story ELi should cover, please be in touch via this page: https://eastlansinginfo.org/contact You can also reach our Managing Editor via ELi’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/eastlansinginfo and Twitter account @eastlansinginfo.

Our readers especially value stories that … Read more →

The Sunny Side of East Lansing

Just over a week ago, Public Response asked you all to respond with the things that you like about East Lansing and living here, and your responses did not disappoint. Thank you all very much for taking the time to respond!

I meant to send this follow-up post with the compilation of answers sooner… but Spring Break got in the way last week. I apologize. However, it seems fitting to send out this “Sunny Side” email on a cold, snowy, spring day here in … Read more →

What Do You Like About East Lansing? // Matt Kazmierski

Apparently – based on Scott Bame’s most recent post – people who live outside of East Lansing have nothing but bad things to say and negative opinions about our city, for the most part.

Sure, there are some things going on in the City of East Lansing that are not positive… and it’s very easy to point out the negative aspects of anything, especially when you’re on the outside looking in. I know that the essays published on Public Response often address and discuss such “negative” … Read more →

Opinions from outside of East Lansing // Scott Bame

It’s been over six months since moving from East Lansing. My wife and I have both lost a lot of stress with the move, after it was completed.

When I talk to people I might mention that I just moved from East Lansing.

Most folks wonder what in the heck is going on.

Most agree that East Lansing is in bad shape.

I get the impression that folks are avoiding East Lansing, other than as a cut through to other locations.

Folks aren’t happy … Read more →

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