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Personal Property Tax in Michigan Hot Topic at Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

clock March 20, 2012 15:17 by author Matt Bach

LANSING, Michigan – Michigan Municipal League President Karen Majewski discussed League success stories and ongoing issues being faced by Michigan communities in her welcoming session presentation Tuesday during the League’s 2012 Capital Conference at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

Majewski, mayor of Hamtramck, explained 2011 saw the successful passage of long-awaited reforms to Public Act 312 involving police and fire arbitration and changes to the Urban Cooperation Act and Municipal Partnership Act to ensure more efficient and effective process in sharing services.

“But storm clouds remain as we have a number of issues we continue to keep an close eye on, such as state transportation funding concerns and the new Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP), formerly known as our statutory revenue sharing,” Majewski told the crowd of more than 400 municipal leaders from throughout the state. “Our most pressing issue currently revolves around the effort to reform the personal property tax.”

Majewski explained how the League is leading a coalition of organizations in a campaign called “Replace Don’t Erase”. The group is working to get guaranteed funding replacement should the personal property tax be eliminated. Cutting the tax without a guaranteed replacement would negatively impact the essential services Michigan citizens expects from their local governments, such as police and fire protection, road repair and snow removal.

Following Majewski on the stage was Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who also talked about the personal property tax issue. Calley was joined by Michigan Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, and the moderator of the session, League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. The lawmakers explained the latest news on the issue.

Up next on Wednesday - the second of two days - in the conference are sessions about “Eye on the Environment: How Green is our Government”; “Bridging the Coverage Gap in the Media Landscape”; ”Legislative Ins and Outs”; “Media Officials Talk Politics” with Tim Skubick and “Transportation: Taking the Inside Track” featuring Sen. Tom Casperson.

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 734-669-6317 and

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the 2012 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference in Lansing.

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Community Excellence Award Competition Starts Next Week at League Capital Conference

clock March 13, 2012 13:33 by author Matt Bach

Clare officials celebrate after winning the 2011 Community Excellence Award. This could be you in 2012!

Does your community have an innovative local success story, program, or project? Did this project have a positive impact on your community? Could another community adapt this project to meet a similar challenge? If you answered yes these questions then a statewide competition sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League is for you.

The Michigan Municipal League recognizes innovative solutions through the peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, a spirited competition we affectionately call “The Race for the Cup”. The race officially begins next week during the League's 2012 Capital Conference in Lansing. Last year we transitioned to a less formal five-minute "elevator pitch" style presentation for initial entries at the regional level. This makes the competition more accessible and easier for everyone to participate without a lot of time, expense, and expertise required.

The seven region finalists will go on to the final round at the League's Annual Convention Oct. 5-7 on Mackinac Island. That's where they’ll get to pull out all the stops for the kind of high-quality, entertaining production that's become such a highlight of the Annual Convention.

Remember, giving a five minute, “elevator pitch” style presentation at your Regional Roundtable event at Capital Conference on TUESDAY, March 20, 2012, is the ONLY way to enter! Go here to learn how the CEAs work. While you don't have to register to submit a CEA, we do prefer that you register in advance here.

Looking for inspiration? Click here to see slideshows and videos from past CEA presentations.

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at and (734) 669-6317.

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How Green is our Government? Find Out at Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference

clock February 28, 2012 13:39 by author Matt Bach

Chris Kolb, President of the Michigan Environmental Council, will speak at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference March 21, 2012 in Lansing.

LANSING, Michigan - Since taking office in January of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder has made sweeping changes designed to revitalize and re-energize Michigan’s economy. But how is Lansing doing on that vast landscape of legislation involving energy and the environment? Join the conversation with some of the state’s top experts, including Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb and Valerie Brader, Senior Policy Advisor for the Executive Office of Rick Snyder.

The session, called "Eye on the Environment: How Green is Our Government?" will take place Wednesday morning (March 21, 2012) during the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Also on the panel will be Jamie Clover Adams, director of policy and legislative affairs for the Department of Environmental Quality and session moderator will be Midland utilities director Noel Bush. Go here for details on other speakers planned for Capital Conference, go here to view the full agenda and go here to register.

Read additional posts about the 2012 Capital Conference here:
- Peter Anastor to Talk Brownfield Tax Credits at Michigan Municipal League Conference
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to Discuss Personal Property Tax at Capital Conference
- Michigan Municipal League Launches Mobile App for Capital Conference
- Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to Discuss Placemaking at Capital Conference
- Energy, Environment, Transportation Policy: What's Ahead? Find out at Capital Conference
- Capital Conference General Session To Have Transportation Focus

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at and (734) 669-6317.

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Learn About Lansing Politics, EVIP and More at League Conference

clock January 19, 2012 14:23 by author Matt Bach

LANSING, Michigan - Are you sometimes confused by what’s happening in Lansing or how it all works? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The Michigan Municipal League’s Lansing staff will help clear the air by explaining the basics of our most common battles.

The League's award-winning lobbying team will explain all about revenue sharing and its successor – EVIP (Economic Vitality Incentive Program) as well as other hot topics. This session, taking place during the League's Capital Conference, March 20-21 in Lansing, is for Michigan Municipal League members who are just diving into the Lansing arena as well as veterans seeking a refresher. Register for the Conference here.

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or

Michigan Municipal League Lansing staff speak at the 2011 Capital Conference.

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Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference Registration Now Open!

clock January 11, 2012 09:02 by author Matt Bach

LANSING, Michigan - Registration is now open for the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference taking place March 20-21 in Lansing. This year's conference will focus on placemaking. Everyone is talking about the fundamental role placemaking plays in the economic revitalization of Michigan’s communities. But the economics of place has to start with the politics of place. Join us in Lansing March 20-21 to learn about all the key state and federal issues that will impact our communities in the year ahead.

Capital Conference Registration opens TODAY (January 11, 2012). View the full agenda here. Read about how the Race for the Cup and the Community Excellence Awards will start at this year's Conference - for the first time ever.

You can also register for these pre-conference sessions taking palce on March 20:

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at or (734) 669-6317,

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