Finance and Taxes

Outside Groups Pour Money into Stephens and “No” Campaigns

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The National Association of Realtors has donated almost $33,000 towards Aaron Stephens' bid for City Council. This means two outside groups now account for two-thirds of the money being spent to influence the 2017 East Lansing elections.

East Lansing Campaigns Disclose Financial Backers, or Don’t

Monday, October 30, 2017

ELi looks at the first round of campaign finance disclosures. Two of three Council candidates filed as required, the Realtors' PAC apparently did not, and we can now show you who is funding the Yes and No income tax campaigns.

Fact-Checking by ELi: The Yes and No Income Tax Mailers

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fact-checking the political mailers in support of and against the income tax proposal, ELi reporters Alice Dreger and Jessy Gregg find some truths and some misrepresentations on both sides.

Income Tax Plan Could Negatively Impact Development Deals

Friday, October 6, 2017

If East Lansing voters approve a pair of tax proposals on the November 7 ballot, the resultant fall in City property taxes could have serious negative implications for various development deals. ELi's Alice Dreger explains.

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.

Demolition Starts Early in the Park District

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Demolition of the derelict “big bank building” started earlier than scheduled when, last night, a driver who may have been drunk plowed into the building. When is the real demo happening? We have the details.

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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