Letter to my Grandson Xavier--#4
It did snow in Lansing (MI) last night

The city of Lansing (MI) struggles to get a stressed municipal budget passed

As Michigan's economy continues to redefine itself, its cities are struggling to pay its bills and Lansing is no exception.  Falling property values and dramatically reduced state aid threaten basic city services like police and fire protection and road repair.

Tonight, the Lansing City Council held a hearing to gain citizen input and to build a consensus for a new spending plan.  What happened and how did it affect a city conversation on issues that will affect its future for generations to come.

In my--The Lansing Blog--I share my observations about the interaction between residents and those who represent them.  Click here for the post.

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