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SaveMICity Message Heads to Mackinac Policy Conference

The SaveMICity effort is once again returning to the Mackinac Policy Conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. With the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the League's SaveMICity message about how we need to fix Michigan's broken system for funding municipalities will be prominently featured in a sesson at the conference. This year's session is titled, Not Open for Business: Why Disinvestment in Michigan Cities is Hampering Economic Opportunity. It will take place May 30 at the Grand Hotel's Grand Pavilion. Read more

Michigan Approves Marijuana Legalization Vote for November

The Board of Canvassers has ruled that a group pushing a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use got enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. But getting the ballot proposal passed is not a foregone conclusion, despite recent polls showing more than 60 percent support for legalizing marijuana. Read more.

Podcast Shines a Light on Muskegon Heights Mayor Kimberley Sims

Kimberley Sims, one of the League's newest board members, has served as mayor of Muskegon Heights since 2015. Learn how she's re-framing mindsets, community actions, and advocacy on this week's Limelight podcast. Available on iTunes, Google Play, and our Podcasts page.

Jobs Alone Won't Reverse Michigan's Youth Exodus

Enhancing the job readiness of Michigan residents won't be enough to grow the state's economy unless they choose to stay in (or move to) Michigan. So it makes sense to reinvigorate revenue sharing for cities, reallocate state transportation funds to urban areas, and adopt other policies consistent with millennial attitudes. Read more

Revenue Sharing Cuts Outlined in Initial House/Senate Budget Plans

Before she entered politics, Rosalynn Bliss was a social worker for child welfare and domestic violence cases. At some point, she shifted her strategy for making a difference. She spent a decade on the Grand Rapids City Commission and is now the city's first female mayor. More.

Enter the Michigan Green Communities Challenge Now!

The Michigan Green Communities Challenge measures communities' progress toward meeting their current and future energy needs. Participation is free and open to any local government. To show off your community's sustainability projects, enter by May 31. More.

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