HUD has determined that East Lansing must repay HUD $134,330 in grant funds because the project funded included a conflict of interest involving City Attorney Tom Yeadon. The total bill to East Lansing taxpayers could reach $200,000. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
Responding to a report published by ELi, on Tuesday City Council discussed continuing to allow City employees to invest their own money in the East Lansing pension system through Council-approved purchases of “pension service credits.”
East Lansing has been notified by the Michigan Treasury Department that the City’s public employee pension plan "has triggered a preliminary review of underfunded status" by the State. ELi's Chris Root reports.
ELi finds that East Lansing has now spent $200,000 fighting a lawsuit brought by City workers alleging that they “were intentionally and unnecessarily exposed to mercury and asbestos” at the wastewater treatment plant. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
East Lansing's City Council will hold a public hearing on five draft tax proposals this Tuesday night. ELi's Chris Root explains why Council is considering these proposals, what the process will be, and how you can participate.
Given East Lansing's pension obligations, even if City Council authorizes major cuts in personnel and services, the City's fund balance will soon sink to levels “at which the State would be concerned.” ELi's Alice Dreger and Chris Root report.
East Lansing's government now publicly admits violating federal conflict-of-interest rules in a matter involving the City Attorney. But it is still resisting releasing related government communications. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
The Hannah Community Center is on the list of possible budget cuts for Council's consideration. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports on the history of the center, what it provides and costs, and what closing it would mean.
A special investigation by ELi suggests that, at best, recent City Council approvals of special pension credit purchases will add uncertainty to the City’s legacy debt. At worst, they may add to the City’s financial load. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.
The City has cancelled this Saturday's annual City Council Budget Retreat, putting it off until external consultants can report the public's response to ideas for the budget. ELi's Alice Dreger reports on the delay and on the cost of the public input sessions.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, ELi finds that almost $700,000 in future local taxes from the Center City District project have been earmarked to pay the developer’s attorneys, the developer’s financial advisors, and the developer’s father’s company. What does Council say?
What will the resignation of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon mean for the city of East Lansing? ELi's Alice Dreger provides some historical context, and ELi provides statements from East Lansing's Councilmembers.
East Lansing's City Council decided last night to put five tax proposals to the public to see what they think, as Council continues to also seek citizen input on where to cut the budget. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.
East Lansing Fire Chief Randy Talifarro and Police Chief Larry Sparkes are warning of the dangers to the public from inadequate staffing of emergency personnel in East Lansing. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.