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Senate Scraps EVIP, Increases Revenue Sharing for Communities

Great news for Michigan cities! The Senate's new budget proposal gets rid of many of the EVIP requirements that have plagued Michigan communities. Instead, they propose an additional $31 million for revenue sharing that would be distributed with a more equitable formula. In addition, communities in financial distress could receive grant money to help them move toward fiscal stability. Of the three proposals before the legislature, this one offers the most hope for communities trying to stretch their scant resources to provide essential services and attract and retain talented employees and jobs. Read more.

League's New Propsperity Agenda Radio Show Airs Tonight

Dan Gilmartin, League executive director and CEO, led a lively discussion of revenue sharing and community investment with Ferndale mayor Dave Coulter and several other guests. They offered their insights on the positive placemaking projects taking root in Michigan communities. The show airs on WJR at 7:00 p.m. April 23, or listen here.

League Crowdfunding Portal Offers One-Stop Shopping for all Michiganders to Invest Locally

The League will soon launch CrowdfundingMI, a portal designed to offer training on crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and investors as well as local investment opportunities available through partners Fundrise and Localstake. More.

Personal Property Tax Webinar Recording Available

A new ten bill package on personal property tax (PPT) reform was discussed at a recent League webinar led by Scott Smith of Dickenson Wright, PLLC. The webinar is now available for purchase.

CRC Study Shows System of Funding Local Governments is Broken

A new report from the Citizens Research Council shows that state tax revenues increased by $1.2 billion from 2009 to 2012, while local tax revenues declined by $1.1 billion in the same period, further proof that the state has balanced its budget at the expense of communities. More.

Outdoor Art Gallery Sparks Creative Expression and Community Pride

Colorful street art comes to life in The Alley Project in Southwest Detroit. In the project's studio and gallery, professional artists, teens and neighbors have created an inviting artistic and social hub. Read more. .

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