East Lansing City Council candidate Susan Woods has been the subject of a number of complaints regarding conflicts of interest and use of the non-profit East Lansing Film Festival's resources for political business. We asked her to respond.
East Lansing City Council candidate Aaron Stephens has been accused by two fellow MSU students of seriously mismanaging a leadership position at MSU's model United Nations organization, "nearly put[ting] the organization into financial ruin through neglect.”
MSU's Trustees have rejected a deal wherein City Council would pull the income tax proposal if MSU provided $20 million over eight years. Now, Council says, if voters don't approve an income tax, emergency services may be slashed.
MSU leaders and East Lansing's Mayor continue to argue over the wisdom and fairness of the possible institution of a City income tax and simultaneous property tax reduction. ELi's Jessy Gregg and Alice Dreger report.
Even as an MSU spokesperson says the benefits MSU already bestows on East Lansing are enormous, MSU and the City are apparently still negotiating over ways MSU might pay East Lansing enough to get City Council to withdraw a proposal for a city income tax.
Communications provided to ELi reveal that MSU’s President Simon has been trying to talk East Lansing's Council out of a proposed City-wide income tax, offering millions of dollars to stop the income tax. So far, East Lansing’s Mayor Meadows has told Simon "no deal."