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Mayor's Veto: A Hot Topic For Some Council Members

Lansing's Mayor Virg Bernero said he had his veto pen ready Monday night and Thursday he used it in a big way.

Mayor Bernero decided to veto city council's entire budget for the 2014 fiscal year, a move that upset some council members.

With one swift motion of the pen,  council member Jody Washington says the mayor went against the constituents, council and recommendations from his own health team to fulfill his own agenda.

"Enraged now, but I am frustrated," said First-Ward Council Member Jody Washington.

Frustrated because, First Ward Council Member Jody Washington says Mayor Virg Bernero vetoed items, putting them back in the budget that constituents she spoke with, clearly didn't' want.

"We made our amendments based on what we heard from the constituents, they don't want rate increases, they don't want a cold case officer, they don't want sister cities," Washington said.

And unless council can get the six votes necessary to override the mayor's veto, that's exactly what will happen.

"He's got his three women, Houghton, Dunbar and Yorko that will vote lock step with him. It's discouraging to put in a lot of work and to listen to what the people want and see that it's going to be vetoed and what we were handed is going to pass," Jody Washington said.

Tina Houghton, Jessica Yorko and Kathie Dunbar were the only three who voted against the proposed budget Monday night and Kathie Dunbar doesn't expect that to change.

"They need six, I think that's a better way of putting it, I don't see that happening," At-Large Council Member Kathie Dunbar said.

But council president Carol Wood hopes either Dunbar, Yorko or Houghton will change their mind on the approved budget for the sake of those who live in the city.

"They're going to have to way their conscious, they're going to have to weigh what the public has said and make their choice," said Council President Carol Wood.

"I would hope that understand the importance of what this means to the citizens of the city of Lansing." Wood said.

@Both Wood and Washington ask if you'd like to voice your opinion the budget and the mayor's veto you can call city offices at 517-483-4177.

City Council has 14 days to override the mayor's veto. A vote is expected to take place June 3rd.

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