Finance and Taxes

Updates on the Election Campaigns

Friday, November 3, 2017

We’re steadily receiving questions from readers about various aspects of the Council and Yes/No campaigns on the income tax. Here are answers and updates.

Readers Tell Us How They're Voting and Why

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We asked our readers to tell us in an anonymous online survey how they are thinking about the candidates and issues on the November 7 East Lansing ballot. ELi's Jessy Gregg summarizes their responses.

MSU Student Leaders and Council Candidate Split on Income Tax Vote

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

While the one MSU student running for City Council says he’s voting for the income tax proposal, two student leaders tell ELi they are against the income tax. Meanwhile, an MSU Vice President is warning students about possible consequences of an income tax.

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.

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