Join Us for a Press Conference:
Tell Lawmakers "No More Revenue Sharing Cuts!"
June 24, 1 pm at the League's Capital Office
Calling community officials and public safety officers
The League's state budget press conference to tell lawmakers "NO MORE CUTS TO REVENUE SHARING!" While you’re here, meet face-to-face with legislators and tell them exactly what the cuts will mean for your community. Speakers are already lined up but we still need as many people at the event as possible to show support and to talk with reporters afterwards. The Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Townships Association and representatives of law enforcement and firefighters will also be part of this event.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 1 pm
We'll meet for the press conference at the League's Capital Office and then walk to the Capitol Building to talk with lawmakers (MML Capital Office, 208 N. Capitol Ave., 1st Fl., Lansing, MI. 48933).
Because enough is enough! Public safety and other essential local services have suffered through eight years of massive revenue sharing cuts and NOW the Michigan Legislature is at it again . . . Join us in telling lawmakers local communities CANNOT endure another year of cuts. We encourage you to also visit your lawmakers after the event for a face-to-face conversation that will make them think twice about voting to cut funding for essential local services. You can also email them here.
The Senate recently approved $152 million in cuts to revenue sharing for cities, villages and townships and another $12 million in cuts for counties. This bill, SB 245, is making its way through the Michigan Legislature and will probably end up in a conference committee within the week. Revenue sharing funds are sent from Lansing to local governments to fund police and fire protection, clean drinking water, sewer systems, road maintenance and other critical services. In the past eight years, the Legislature and governor have cut revenue sharing by more than $3 billion, leading to the layoffs of thousands of police officer and firefighters and other cuts.
Let us know if we can count you in, email Andrea Messinger.