On Thursday morning, Governor Rick Snyder addressed several hundred local officials from across the state at the League annual convention in Grand Rapids.  The theme of the Governor's talk was straightforward...we are all facing challenges but the challenges present us with a unique opportuninty to build Michigan's future.

Governor Snyder recognized the lack of finanical resources at the local level coupled with ever increasing demand for services.  He noted that the crisis is the same at the state level and he is not asking local officials to do anything he isn't already asking his own administration to do.  The point he said is that we need to work as partners and have a open dialogue on the challanges we face and what we can do to get better.

In discussing the new EVIP program for those receiving state shared revenue, the governor noted that its all about transparency and focusing on results. The measures are not meant to be negative but rather to celebrate successes and show how we're getting better.

As has been typical since he first took office the governor preached his message of "positive relentless action" and that we need to all spend time on the common ground in order to find solutions.

The Governor spent several minutes taking questions on a number of issues including personal property tax reform, and his upcoming transportation message.  On personal property tax reform noted that he has put forth no proposal but is engaged with stakeholder groups like the MML and that the goal is not to harm locals but to have a discussion together and come up with a joint solution.

For more about the Michigan Municipal League and what we do go to www.mml.org and for details about our 2011 Convention, go to tour.mml.org

Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 of by e-mail



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