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Michigan, We Have a Budget Deal. (Give or Take $400 Million)

After weeks of stalled negotiations, Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders agreed on a plan to spend more than half of the nearly $1 billion that Whitmer vetoed from the budget and restrict her power to move money within state departments. The House and Senate nearly unanimously passed supplemental spending bills that include language allowing the Legislature to reverse transfers made using the State Administrative Board - a rare procedure the governor used in early October to shift $625 million within state departments. Read more.

Flint an Ongoing Example of Successful Placemaking

Matt Bach, the League's Director of Communications, is a big fan of the placemaking happening in Flint. There's a new downtown hotel, new and updated parks, dozens of renovated buildings, and positive economic, cultural, and social changes. Those changes played a critical role in his recent move to Flint, which will appear on a future episode of HGTV's House Hunters. Read more.

Monday Morning Live Covered Budget Finale and Upcoming Events

A tentative budget deal has been reached between Governor Whitmer and the legislature. See what that means for cities and hear about bills involving historic tax credits and regional transit authorities on Monday Morning Live. View video on Facebook.or listen to podcast.

Podcast Dives into New Report on Revenue Decline in Michigan Cities

A new study and online database shows that Michigan cities on average have 12 percent less revenue today than they did 15 years ago. On the SaveMICity podcast, we delve into the reasons for the revenue sharing decline with Tim Dempsey of Public Sector Consultants. Tune in now.

Accelerator for America Amps Up Investment in Transit & Infrastructure

After an engaging presentation at the League's 2019 Convention, Rick Jacobs expanded on the work of Accelerator for America on the Economics of Place podcast. Their mission is to find local transit/infrastructure projects they can scale to help communities deal with economic insecurity. Listen to the podcast.

Marijuana Resource Page Offers Helpful Information for Communities

The League has assembled a marijuana resource page with valuable information for municipalities. It contains sample ordinances (opt in & opt out), a link to our adult use marijuana webinar ($20 fee), adult use Q&As, emergency rules, and more.Visit marijuana resource page.

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