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Kalamazoo Vice-Mayor Don Cooney says the city should seriously consider putting an income tax proposal before voters.

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Though it wasn’t on the agenda, the environment became a major theme at the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees’ meeting Wednesday. The Board heard from the public on two separate issues, fossil fuel divestment and plans to develop land that Western owns in southwest Kalamazoo.

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Kalamazoo City Commissioners say community involvement would be  key to the effectiveness of a proposed anti-poverty initiative.

Commissioners Don Cooney and Stephanie Moore introduced plans for a program called Kalamazoo United for Shared Prosperity or KUSP at a packed meeting at City Hall last night. Among other ideas, they suggested creating a task force to consider solutions and expanding local data collection after the example of Calhoun County’s Coordinating Council.


Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney says he will seek re-election this fall.