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Bad News: PA 54 Amendment Likely to Pass Senate This Week

The League needs your help. House Bill 5097 is on the Michigan Senate agenda this week, and it will likely pass overwhelmingly. The governor is supportive and is expected to sign this legislation. The bill would exempt police and fire from Public Act 54 so they can receive retroactive pay increases after a contract expires. The League strongly opposes this bill due to the detrimental financial implications for our communities. We urge you to call your state senators today demanding they VOTE NO on HB 5097. The vote is expected as early as today. Read more.

The League's New Book Highights Placemaking Success Stories

"The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities," goes beyond placemaking as a concept to offer real-world examples of economic drivers and agents of social and cultural change in Michigan's own backyard. They represent some of the many place-based catalysts that can spark transformational changes that revitalize a community, with tangible payoffs. Get details and ordering information.

State Policy Helps Undermine Local Governments

The state's decision to end the film credits that Allen Park relied on to build a local film studio contributed to the city's emergency management situation. But the state's role in shaking the financial confidence of local governments through inconsistent policymaking is unaltered. Municipalities still face bleak financial choices. Read more.

Convention Keynote Speaker Brings Creative Zeal to Placemaking

Creativity flows through Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America, a keynote speaker at this year's League Convention. His organization seeks to advance creative placemaking through grants for community arts and culture projects. Get the details and register now.

NLC Applications Now Open for Committee & Leadership Positions

If you are a member city of NLC and interested in getting more involved in the organization, now is the time to submit an application for a committee or leadership position. Applications are due Oct. 3 for Chairs and Vice Chairs, and Nov. 24 for committee membership. Read more

Contact your State Legislators on Proposed Changes to TIF/DDA

On Sept. 24, the League and many members testified at the House Commerce committee on HB 5856 dealing with DDA transparency and spending. The bill does not contain opt-outs or resetting of baselines, both of which are problematic. Please contact your legislators. Read more

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