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July 5, 2011
   

Michigan Communities Score Several Victories in Lansing! lansing

Michigan communities will benefit greatly by several bills that moved through the legislative process this week, including an amendment to the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA), an opt-out provision to a health care reform bill and increase funding for revenue sharing. Also moving ahead is a new redevelopment tool to help downtowns and business districts with vacant or burned out properties. View the League press release. These bills come on the heels of one of the biggest victories for Michigan communities – the passage of reforms to Public Act 312, dealing with binding arbitration for public safety workers. View the League PA 312 press release.


State Affairs Update

capitol$33 Million Revenue Sharing Increase for 2010-11 Passes Legislature

Last week the Legislature passed SB 138, which increases revenue sharing funds to local units of government by $33 million.  The added revenue sharing dollars result from better than expected sales tax collections. SB 138 is a supplemental appropriation that was necessary in order to get these dollars to local communities. Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill. For more information, see the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact Andy Schor, aschor@mml.org. 

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Health Care Reform Passes - Local Governments Can Opt Out!

League-Supported New Economic Development Tool Passed by Legislature

Minimum Staffing Changes Approved

Two- Inch Rule Will Wait Until Fall

Municipal Partnership Act Remains in House

Chambers Ping Pong Urban Cooperation Reform

PERA Bill Passed by House

MDOT Announces 2013 Federal Program Application Deadlines

AmeriCorps Volunteers Available for Housing Agencies

MAM Summer Workshop Registration Now Available!




Federal Update

us capitolNew Round of TIGER Grants Announced U.S. Department of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced that $527 million will be made available for a third round of TIGER grants.  This competitive grant program has funded high-impact projects across the country including roads, bridges, freight rail, transit, buses, streetcars, ports, and bicycle and pedestrian paths. See the League’s Inside 208 blog for more information. Contact Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org. MORE>

Amtrak Privatization Discussion Raises Concerns

Homeland Security Budget Slashed

Support CDBG!

Legislation Protecting Public Access TV Introduced

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available



21st Century Communities

zeelandSirolli Entrepreneur Training Available – Earlier this year, the Michigan Municipal League facilitated a three-day training session with Ernesto Sirolli for local officials to learn techniques in how to retain, attract, and coach entrepreneurs in their community. We are again partnering with Sirolli to offer a similar three-day session September 7-9 at the League Capital Office in Lansing. Read more at the League’s 21c3 blog. Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org. MORE>

Detroit Is On the Move

National Association of Realtors Determines Americans Like Mixed-Used, Walkable Neighborhoods

Complete Streets Communities Number Growing

"Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards" Invites the Public to Nominate Their Community Leaders

Transit Options for Boomers May Be Few

   

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