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Dec 4, 2012
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Dec 5, 2012
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Local Governmental Summit on Efficiency Creation and Cost Saving
Dec 11, 2012
Lansing

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec 12, 2012
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Jan 16-18, 2013
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Feb 14-15, 2013
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Feb 15-16, 2013
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Feb 15-16, 2013
Frankenmuth

League Capital Conference
April 9-10, 2013
Lansing

League Annual Convention
Sept 18-20, 2013
Detroit


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Personal Property Tax Hearings Could Start This Week

The League has learned that hearings on the Lt. Governor's personal property tax plan could begin as early as this week. We are still working on an analysis of the proposal as given to us by the Lt. Governor.

All signs indicate that the Legislature would like to complete the personal property tax repeal legislation in lame duck; however, the League, along with the Replace Don't Erase Coalition, has a number of concerns and questions about the proposal.

With only three short weeks (that means nine days) of lame duck session, there is concern about dealing with such a complex and important issue. Contact your legislators and emphasize that any PPT elimination plan MUST contain guaranteed replacement.

State Affairs Update

Members of Congress Signal to Making Deal on Fiscal Cliff - In the past several days, some Republican members of Congress have indicated that they won't be bound by Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge in making a deal on the coming fiscal cliff. Norquist is the head of Americans for Tax Reform. Democrats, in turn, have responded with praise that this shows a willingness to compromise, and that they, in turn, must be willing to put things on the negotiating table. The fiscal cliff is the combination of the end of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending cuts to defense and other budget areas, which could send the nation back into a deep recession. The League has been encouraging communities to speak to your Congresspeople regarding resolving the fiscal cliff with a balanced compromise.

Will Federal Transportation Secretary LaHood Resign?



Federal Update

With the Election Over, Congressional Leaders Stake Out Position on Fiscal Cliff - Wasting no time at all, both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have made statements today saying they have no plans to back down from their stances regarding expiring tax cuts and massive spending reductions which will go into effect at the end of the year, a situation known as the "fiscal cliff." They are set to return to work today. The League has been advocating for a balanced approach to resolving the crisis, which the Congressional Budget Office has warned could result in another recession.

US Department of Transportation Seeking Local Feedback on National Environmental Policy Act

Tell Your Story: The FCC Wants to Hear About PEG in Your Community

MAP-21 Resources Available



21st Century Communities

Art's Contribution to the Gross Domestic Product Will Be Calculated - Many policymakers and arts advocacy groups have argued that the creative sector impacts the economy. One of the Center for 21st Century Communities "8 Assets" that make communities better places to live is Cultural Economic Development, which hinges on the argument that artists, creative industries and professionals, museums, festivals, and other facets of the creative sector make communities attractive and generate a positive impact on the economy. However, in my time interviewing artists and arts organizations as a journalist, one of the biggest needs they frequently identify is the need for more hard data and better sources of proof. MORE>

Big Data for Small Communities

Benefits of City & University Partnerships

Grandville Community Excellent Award-Winning Project

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource

   

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