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Lansing mayor's veto is latest twist in his battle with city council

Virg Bernero, mayor of Lansing.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Virg Bernero, mayor of Lansing.

Lansing's mayor has vetoed a city council decision on affordable housing, which may or may not be about affordable housing.

The city council approved a moratorium on tax breaks for affordable housing on a five to three vote.   

Mayor Virg Bernero says the moratorium discriminates against low income residents, so he vetoed it Wednesday.  It will take six votes to override his veto. 

The veto is the latest salvo in a conflict between the mayor and city council involving affordable housing.  

In March, a deadlocked city council failed to approve a tax break for a 23 unit affordable housing project in Lansing’s Old Town district. 

The mayor criticized the vote and a complaint against the city council has also been filed with the federal government. 

But Bernero's critics accuse the mayor of playing up the issue to distract from the mysterious departure of Lansing's former city attorney.

In March, Janene McIntyre left her job at Lansing city attorney, after two years on the job.  Her reasons for leaving are unclear. She also received a $160,000 severance. 

The city council has been pushing the Bernero administration for answers, but getting few.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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