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February 17, 2011
What Gov. Snyder’s Budget Plan Means to Your Community – Bad News
League Asks Members to Contact Legislators TODAY and TOMORROW
A budget reduction plan announced today by Governor Snyder eliminates statutory revenue sharing and puts in place a new program where communities can earn back a portion of their statutory payments. This proposal would result in communities losing AT LEAST ONE THIRD of the statutory revenue sharing received now. BUT communities not qualifying to earn back the dollars by failing to meet series of to-be-determined criteria could LOSE ALL of the statutory revenue sharing they get today.
Michigan Municipal League staff has done a preliminary review of the governor’s budget plan (announced by Governor Snyder today, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011) and concluded this plan is harmful to our communities, threatens public safety and could push dozens of local governments into further fiscal distress.
We are asking our members to contact your legislators TODAY or TOMORROW by phone or e-mail to seek their support in protecting funding that support essential services in neighborhoods and communities across the state. PLEASE contact your state Senate and House representatives on your own or click here to use a League tool that will help you send letters to the governor, your state lawmakers and your local media.
Here are some talking points you can use when talking to or e-mailing your lawmaker, local media and others:
Communities in Michigan have experienced $4 billion in cuts to statutory revenue sharing made by the governor and Legislature over the past 10 years.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed cut to eliminate statutory revenue sharing for fiscal year 2012 is a continuation of a decade-long pattern of the governor and the Legislature breaking their promise of funding to support essential services in neighborhoods and communities across the state.
Cuts of this magnitude are harmful to communities, threaten public safety and threaten to push dozens of local governments into fiscal distress.
These cuts will make it impossible for some local governments to survive. When our communities layoff additional police officers and firefighters, as roads and bridges crumble, and parks and libraries close, who will want to live in Michigan?
These cuts would undermine Michigan’s return to prosperity. Quality of place trumps tax rates when it comes to attracting modern jobs and businesses.
These cuts give young people another compelling reason to leave the state for other states that are investing in the types of amenities that create places where young, talented, educated people want to live and work.
If these cuts are approved, Michigan is shoving another generation of young people out the door.
If you need contact information for your local legislator go here.
If you have questions about this, please feel free to contact the League’s Matt Bach at 734-669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.