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Recent Legislative Successes
Transportation Funding: The League worked on shepherding the Local Jobs Today Program, giving local communities $80 million in grant money for federal aid projects. The second round of grants was successfully implemented and local communities are starting to put this legislation into practice.
Economic Development: The MML’s efforts shaped the creation of the Corridor Improvement Authority Act which allows communities to revitalize deteriorating commercial strips along major traffic corridors. A tremendous tool, this legislation is helping redevelopment and economic growth throughout Michigan’s cities and villages. The Commercial Rehabilitation Act also passed with League support. It allows communities to give tax abatements to businesses for improvements made to commercial property.
Redevelopment-Based Liquor Licenses: The MML was a major player in passage of new redevelopment-based liquor licenses. These are in addition to the current quota licenses and will be a tremendous asset to economic development for those communities that choose to utilize them.
Local Street Funding: We also helped pass legislation that allows communities to transfer 50 percent of major street funds to local street funds, which was a long-time MML priority. This also worked to create a pilot project to actually combine road funds.
Sewer-Grant Program: Working with the Department of Environmental Quality, the League helped implement a new $40 million sewer-grant program (5-2 program) that funds engineering for sewer projects.
Federal Issues: Efforts at the federal level led to continued funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program and increases for law enforcement initiatives like the COPS Program and Byrnes Justice Assistance Grants.
Grassroots Advocacy: MML developed a Regional Advocate position to bring legislative issues closer to members and make it easier for them to advocate. This opportunity, initially started in western Michigan, maximizes grassroots efforts by allowing MML to more readily and more directly provide pertinent legislative information to Michigan’s hometowns.
Michigan Fiscal Responsibility Project: The League set in motion the Michigan Fiscal Responsibility Project, which combines scholarly research, historical perspectives and polling with a public relations strategy, to provide citizens and policymakers factual information about Michigan’s economic situation. To parallel this goal and further push MML’s priorities to the forefront in Lansing, the League started its own series of public policy forums and issue papers.
Contact: Michigan Municipal Leaue