Virg Bernero http://michiganradio.org en Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-groups-coming-together-improve-lives-young-people-color <p>The city of Lansing is <a href="https://file:///C:/Users/SGCarmod/Downloads/MY_Lansing_June_24_2014_Final%20(1).pdf">launching an effort</a> to coordinate programs aimed at improving the lives of young people, especially children of color.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the community must work together to provide better opportunities for children and young adults.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18144 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-may-pave-way-lansing-casino <p>A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week may pave the way for casino gambling in Michigan’s capitol city.</p><p></p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says a $245 million casino project has been “cleared for takeoff” by the high court’s decision in a different casino case.</p><p></p><p>State officials sued to close an off-reservation casino opened by the Bay Mills tribe. But the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday ruled against the state of Michigan, saying the tribe has sovereign immunity.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17770 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino Lansing Police Department moving to temporary home http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-police-department-moving-temporary-home <p>The bulk of the Lansing Police Department will move into a temporary home this summer.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero announced today the city will spend about $1 million to renovate and lease part of the Hill Center on the city’s south side.</p><p></p><p>The city’s current lease at the Motor Wheel complex on the city’s north side expires in August. Lansing has leased that space for more than a decade.</p><p></p><p>The new lease is only for four years.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:59:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 17318 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Police Department moving to temporary home Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-lays-out-balanced-city-budget <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says after nine years of deep budget cuts, the capitol city finally is entering a new fiscal year with a balanced budget.</p><p>Bernero unveiled his proposed city budget for next year last night.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero credits an uptick in property and city income tax revenues for the city’s improved budget picture.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>During&nbsp;the last nine years, the city of Lansing has trimmed its workforce by more than 30% and won contract concessions from its unions.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:21:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 16954 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget Boom in domestic energy production helping some industries, but Michigan's jobless rate rises http://michiganradio.org/post/boom-domestic-energy-production-helping-some-industries-michigans-jobless-rate-rises <p>Manufacturers are taking advantage of lower domestic oil and gas prices, and many of them are using those cost savings to hire more workers.</p><p></p><p>The boom in domestic oil and natural gas production is fueling growth in manufacturing across the country and especially in urban areas, according to <a href="http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2014/0320-report-MetroEconomiesManufacturing.pdf">a new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.</a></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:11:50 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16921 at http://michiganradio.org Boom in domestic energy production helping some industries, but Michigan's jobless rate rises Lansing's mayor to city homeowners and businessmen: Shovel snow off your sidewalks http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-city-homeowners-and-businessmen-shovel-snow-your-sidewalks <p>The city of Lansing is stepping up enforcement of its snow removal ordinance.</p><p></p><p>About 5% of Lansing sidewalks, roughly 22 miles, are still covered in snow in violation of city ordinance</p><p></p><p>Beginning today, Lansing police officers are ticketing homeowners and businesses that haven’t shoveled their sidewalks clean of snow.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says this is a safety issue for school children and the elderly.</p><p></p><p>“This winter….these difficult winter conditions are harder on nobody more than the walker,” says Bernero.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:54:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 16733 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor to city homeowners and businessmen: Shovel snow off your sidewalks Bernero: The state of the city of Lansing is strong. The state of the city's roads not so good. http://michiganradio.org/post/bernero-state-city-lansing-strong-state-citys-roads-not-so-good <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero used his State of the City speech Thursday to make a pitch for state funding to repair local roads.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the city of Lansing plans to spend three million dollars this year to repair pot hole covered roads in the capitol city.&nbsp;</p><p>But the mayor says the city would have to spend five times that much each year for a decade to fix all of Lansing’s road problems.</p><p>In his speech, Bernero called on state lawmakers to use part of the state’s billion dollar budget surplus to help repair local roads across Michigan.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:56:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 16256 at http://michiganradio.org Bernero: The state of the city of Lansing is strong. The state of the city's roads not so good. No drama as Lansing city council selects a president http://michiganradio.org/post/no-drama-lansing-city-council-selects-president <p>The Lansing City Council picked a new president last night.</p><p></p><p>It’s a routine bit of government business that in recent years has been anything but routine.</p><p></p><p>Sharp divisions between the supporters and opponents of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero have made the selection of a council president quite contentious during the past few years. Two years ago, the council needed a dozen votes to select a president. Last year, the selection process was rife with angry accusations.</p><p></p><p>But last night, A’Lynne Boles was elected president with little drama.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 02:37:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 16006 at http://michiganradio.org No drama as Lansing city council selects a president Lansing's mayor orders review of BWL's handling of last month's major power outage http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-orders-review-bwls-handling-last-months-major-power-outage <p>Lansing’s mayor wants an independent review of how the city’s utility handled a major power outage last month.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.lbwl.com/About-the-BWL/News/BWL-Announces-Operational-and-Customer-Service-Actions-in-Response-to-Ice-Storm-Outage/">The Lansing Board of Water and Light</a> has been criticized for the long wait many of its customers had before their electricity was restored after the Dec. 22 ice storm. About 40% of BWL’s customers lost power after the storm. Many had to wait for more than a week to have their lights turned back on.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15946 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor orders review of BWL's handling of last month's major power outage Michigan digging out as arctic blast sends temps falling http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-digging-out-arctic-blast-sends-temps-falling <p>As Michigan descends into an arctic freeze, many cities and towns are struggling to clean up after Sunday’s big snowstorm.</p><p>“It’s just too dangerous for city residents to be outdoors,” Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told reporters at a news conference today.</p><p>Bernero said many residential streets in Lansing are “impassable.”</p><p>“As we all remember from the 2011 storm, it takes a minimum of a couple days to clear all 440 miles of roads in the city,” Bernero said. “It will take at least a couple days this time as well. So we ask city residents to please be patient. Be safe.”</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:25:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 15894 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan digging out as arctic blast sends temps falling Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are without power because of today’s ice storm. http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-thousands-michiganders-are-without-power-because-today-s-ice-storm <p>UPDATE 8:06pm</p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:07:39 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 15806 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are without power because of today’s ice storm. Federal court lifts injunction blocking Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-court-lifts-injunction-blocking-lansing-casino-project <p>A federal appeals court has lifted an injunction that was standing in the way of a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a casino next to Lansing’s convention center.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s Attorney General asked for and got a federal court to prevent the tribe from moving ahead with its plans. The attorney general says the tribe’s casino would violate agreements between the state and Michigan’s Native American tribes.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:17:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 15751 at http://michiganradio.org Federal court lifts injunction blocking Lansing casino project Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-hopes-tuesdays-election-results-will-end-city-council-sniping <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says he hopes Tuesday’s election results will put an end to “sniping” in city politics.</p><p>Bernero easily won his third term as the capitol city’s mayor.&nbsp; His slate of city council candidates also won.&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero says the results show voters want to end the gridlock on the Lansing city council.</p><p>“This is realignment.&nbsp; This is the voters saying to the council ‘Get with the program’.”]</p><p>Bernero believes it’s his ‘program’ the voters want.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:35:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 15154 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' Lansing mayor denies directing his re-election campaign staffers to donate to city council candidate http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-denies-directing-his-re-election-campaign-staffers-donate-city-council-candidat-0 <p>The Michigan Secretary of State’s office is investigating allegations that <a href="http://www.votevirg.com/">Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s re-election campaign</a> may have violated state election law by funneling money to a city council candidate.</p><p>State law (Section 44 of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act) forbids paying individuals money with the understanding that the money will be donated to a political campaign. &nbsp;&nbsp;That’s what a complaint filed with the state claims the Bernero re-election campaign did back in June.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:06:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 14985 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor denies directing his re-election campaign staffers to donate to city council candidate Lansing city council will discuss budget priorities Monday night http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-will-discuss-budget-priorities-monday-night <p>The Lansing city council Monday night will spend some time trying to prioritize how the city should spend its money.</p><p>The city council is required to deliver its budget priorities for the year ahead to the mayor&rsquo;s office by October First.</p><p>Carol Wood is the Lansing city council president.</p><p>She says the mayor&rsquo;s office is supposed to incorporate the council&rsquo;s priorities as it begins the process of drafting the next fiscal year&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>Wood says the council is looking at a wide variety of ideas.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14620 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council will discuss budget priorities Monday night Commentary: Remember Virg Bernero? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-remember-virg-bernero <p>Everyone knows, of course, that Rick Snyder was elected governor three years ago. And by now it is safe to say that everyone has an opinion about him. Some think he is saving the state.</p><p>Others are vowing to do everything they can to prevent him from winning a second term. But stop for a minute.</p><p>Do you remember who Snyder defeated to be elected governor in the first place? Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the&nbsp;Democratic nominee in what was an impossible year for his party.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:22:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13102 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Remember Virg Bernero? Lansing city council fails to override mayor's budget veto http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-fails-override-mayors-budget-veto <p>As expected, the Lansing city council last night failed to muster enough votes to override the mayor’s budget veto.</p><p></p><p>But Lansing’s budget drama is not over yet.</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council needed six votes to reinstate the changes it made to the city budget last month.</p><p></p><p>But only five council members voted to override Mayor Virg Bernero’s veto.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 03:48:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 12865 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council fails to override mayor's budget veto Lansing city council is scheduled to try to override the mayor's budget vetoes this evening http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-scheduled-try-override-mayors-budget-vetoes-evening <p>The Lansing city council is expected to try to override the mayor’s budget vetoes tonight. But the council does not appear to have enough votes to do it.</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council made many changes to Mayor Virg Bernero’s spending plan for next year when it passed the budget last month.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A few days later, the mayor vetoed all the council’s changes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now it’s the council's chance to respond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 04:33:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12843 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council is scheduled to try to override the mayor's budget vetoes this evening Lansing's mayor vetoes city council changes to his budget plan http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-vetoes-city-council-changes-his-budget-plan <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero today vetoed all the changes the city council made to his budget plan for next year.</p><p>The city council passed a budget on Monday that axed many of the mayor’s spending priorities in order to avoid new streetlight and fire hydrant fees.&nbsp; The fees would have added up to about 46 dollars a year for the average Lansing Board of Water and Light residential customer.&nbsp;</p><p>Money for road repairs, economic development, city IT services and personnel hiring were among the line items the city council axed from the budget.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:04:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 12718 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor vetoes city council changes to his budget plan Lansing's mayor threatens to veto parts of city budget approved by the city council last night http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-threatens-veto-parts-city-budget-approved-city-council-last-night <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has a long list of items he plans to veto in the budget passed by the city council last night.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council struggled for three hours trying to agree on amendments to the proposed city budget for next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The numbers got so confused, the council took a forty minute break to give the city’s finance director time to figure out if the budget was still balanced, as it’s legally required to be.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the meeting was extremely disorganized.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 04:24:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 12655 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor threatens to veto parts of city budget approved by the city council last night