‘To tax or not to tax’

By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Senatorial Election candidates Debbie Stabenow and Pete Hoekstra are fighting for voters’ attention when it comes to taxes. Old Town is a neighborhood that thrives off small businesses and some say they know how important it is for Old Town to pay attention to issues that affect their community. “They’re pretty politically motivated here,” said Old Town visitor Cindy Collins. “That’s always been my impression.”

Pace and Partners Senior Public Relations and Policy Manager Mike Nowlin said, “Lansing usually votes Democratic.” This implies that the town would be more likely to support Stabenow.

Old Town business environment a factor in election

By Rachel Jackson
Lansing Old Town Times staff writer

Looking around Old Town, it’s hard to imagine a small neighborhood like this could get very outspoken about politics and complex economic policies. But when a significant portion of the area devotes itself to local business and improving business life in an area that was not always so well kept, these policies matter. This November, Old Town residents — and Americans across the country — will vote for the next President of the United States, a figure that has a lot of say in how businesses run and are taxed, which in Old Town is a big part of life. Danielle Cooke, communications director for the Old Town Commercial Association, said the inviting business environment helps make Old Town what it is. “It’s exciting for me to say I work in Old Town, and people light up and say, ‘Oh, it’s so great,'” she said.