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Funding Squeeze Could Prompt Proposal A Update

The League's Dan Gilmartin has a warning for Michigan's policymakers: The way the state funds its cities is squeezing them dry. Gilmartin says that local governments across the state need to do a better job at sharing services and cutting costs. But cities also are limited in how much money they can bring in, even if residents were willing to tax themselves more - and that is something Lansing has to fix. Gilmartin and other leaders are proposing an update to Proposal A, the voter-approved 1994 Michigan constitutional amendment that caps property tax increases.. Read more.

League Testifies on Need to Restore Revenue Sharing

On Feb. 21, the House Appropriations subcommittee began considering Gov. Snyder's budget recommendation for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The hearing centered on revenue sharing and the League shared our position that it's critiical to include additional funding for revenue sharing above the Governor's recommendation. Read more.

Michigan Municipal League Foundation Selects New President

Gisgie Gendreau was officially selected as the Michigan Municipal League Foundation's president during the Foundation's Board of Directors' meeting. She has an extensive background in strategic communications and building partnerships in state and local government. More.

Capital Conference: Filling the Missing Middle Housing Gap

Michigan communities need a variety of housing types to attract and retain talent, but often they have a middle middle - desirable, affordable housing. At Capital Conference, hear from experts on national housing trends, barriers and opportunities. Get the details and register today!

Republican Tax Cut Plan Fails in Michigan House

A controversial plan to cut Michigan's personal income tax rate was defeated in the state House. The bill was opposed by Gov. Snyder, the League, and a broad coalition of organizations. House Minority Leader Sam Singh said Democrats are open to more targeted tax relief. More.

Learning from the Success of Dig Jackson

In the current issue of the League's Review magazine, we have a new column entitled "Place Plans: Where Are they Now?" In this issue, the focus is downtown Jackson, where we explore what factors laid the groundwork for their burgeoning downtown development boom. Read more.

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