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Success in the Michigan House! Panel Increases Revenue Sharing/EVIP - Eliminates Many Requirements

Last week, the House General Government Subcommittee on Appropriations passed out HB 5382, the budget bill which contains revenue sharing/EVIP for 2012-13. The Committee increased the funding for statutory revenue sharing/EVIP from the Governor's proposal of $210 million to $220 million. In addition, they reduced the 3 year budget requirement as part of the dashboard to one year. They changed the Governor's requirement for an additional consolidation/collaboration project in the 2nd category so that a community can still qualify if they don't have another project by explaining why that would not be feasible. And, under the House version, communities are compliant with the 3rd category as long as they are in compliance with the recently enacted PA 152. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Senate Plans to Start Hearings on Eliminating Personal Property Tax April 18 - According to Senate Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee intends to introduce legislation to eliminate significant portions of the personal property tax immediately after they return from spring recess. We understand this legislation is molded after the Administration's proposal to eliminate all manufacturing PPT and portions of commercial PPT over a several year timeframe. If members can plan to come to Lansing and give testimony on the critical nature of this local funding stream and the importance of a guaranteed revenue replacement (which will not be part of the proposal) we expect the hearings to be Wednesday April 18, 25 and May 2nd at 12:30. Please contact your lawmakers today explaining that if the Legislature eliminates any PPT, the funds must be fully replaced to head off local tax increases and guaranteed in the constitution for local services so future Legislatures won’t raid the money. MORE>

Senate Panel Changes Governor's EVIP/Revenue Sharing Proposal for 2012-13

VICTORY! One Day Liquor Licenses Again Available for Communities!

Temporary Liquor License Bill Heard in House Regulatory Reform Committee

Local Economic Development Funding Cut By House and Senate Sub-Committees

Medical Marijuana Bills Pass House Committee

MDOT Announces Transportation Projects Selected for Grant Funding

Michigan Officials Learn About Successful Millage Campaigns at League Seminar

MAM Capitol Reception: April 17

Transportation Asset Management Conference Scheduled for April

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

Congress and Senate Pass 90-Day Transportation Extension - For the ninth time in two years, the Congress and Senate have passed another extension to the current transportation authorization act. This latest extension, which came pretty close to the March 31st deadline, will last until June 30th and comes on the heels of a longer, two year bi-partisan bill that had passed the Senate over a week ago. Unfortunately House leadership, which had previously had to nix their own proposal, was not willing to go along with the Senate bill and settled for another extension. MORE>

House Passes 2013 Budget



21st Century Communities

Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit - The League is again partnering with the MSU Land Policy Institute, Michigan Funders for Sustainable Regions and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to hold the 2012 Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit. This year's event, "Moving Michigan Forward: People, Places and Progress", will take place on Friday April 20th at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. MORE>

Land Bank Conference Session Proposals Due April 13

Sustainable Life for Old Shopping Malls

Input Requested on Electric Vehicle Plan

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource

Law Enforcement Project Seeking Local Partners

Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit

Michigan Main Street Program Seeking Communities

An Exciting New Initiative for Michigan: Community Arts Certification Conference

   

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