By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter
This past Election Day in Grand Ledge resulted in a poor turnout of voters. According to Grand Ledge City Clerk Gregory Newman, only 10 percent of the registered voters in the city of Grand Ledge came out to the polls to vote on Nov. 3. “Ten percent is a very disappointing number,” Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin Smith said. This year was a non-presidential election year where only city council spots were up for election.
By Emma-Jean Bedford
and Ian Wendrow
Listen Up, Lansing
LANSING-The question on everyone’s mind lately has been: “What’s happening with these roads?” But it’s not just roads that are troublesome. Lansing has recently been dealing with issues related to low residential population, a distinct lack of diverse businesses, and overall deteriorating infrastructure. An effort to address infrastructure funding is currently on the upcoming May 5 ballot, titled Proposal 1. Proposal 1 is a ballot initiative meant to raise funds, mostly for new road work, through changes in taxes. If passed, the House Fiscal Agency, a non-partisan agency within the House of Representatives that analyzes the financial effects of Michigan legislation, estimates that the tax increase would raise about $2.1 billion this fiscal year; of which $1.23 billion would go towards roads, $463.1 million to the state’s general fund, $292.4 million to schools and $89.9 million to local governments.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero cited the city’s achievements and laid out his plan for the upcoming year during his State of the City address at the General Motors Grand River Assembly Plant. Bernero began his address with M.C. Hammer’s song “2 Legit 2 Quit” blaring through the speakers near a pair of General Motors’ vehicles, signifying the resurgence of Lansing’s automobile industry. The hit song from the 1990’s coincided with Bernero’s message of perseverance. “The city of Lansing is roaring back,” Bernero said. “We’re a cool, proud, resilient city… When we get knocked back, we get up and come out swinging for the fences because that’s how we roll.”
Bernero stressed partnership as he talked from his podium, where he was flanked by local business members and the Lansing City Council.
MASON—An April visit by Kosovo citizens developed new links with businesses around Michigan. During the weeklong visit, Mason Mayor Leon Clark took the citizens to numerous cities in Michigan to demonstrate the role of business, government, agriculture and education in community life. These included the Ingham County and Lansing courthouses, the Michigan Capitol, farms, Michigan State University and several businesses in the greater Lansing area. The trip’s purpose, according to Clark, was to provide Kosovans with contacts and business opportunities while giving tours of Mason and surrounding areas. Clark facilitated business by introducing the Kosovoans to Thielenhaus Microfinish, a Novi-based company that does business in numerous European countries.