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League to Participate in Discussion on Funding Michigan Cities

The League will be part of the panel for the "Funding Michigan Cities: The Path Forward" session at the Detroit Regional Chamber's upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference. Panelists will include the League's Anthony Minghine; Rosalynn Bliss, League President and Grand Rapids Mayor; and Joshua Sapotichne, associate professor at Michigan State University. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is sponsoring the panel. They'll discuss how cities are facing unprecedented fiscal stress created by a broken municipal finance system. Grand Hotel, May 31, 10:30 am. Read more.

We Need Your Help to Save Michigan Cities

In a guest column, the League's Anthony Minghine expounds on the state's disinvestment in Michigan cities. He recently visited Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Alma to engage in community conversations which stressed that strong cities are at the heart of a great economy, but in Michigan we are failing to make those strategic investments. More.

League Speaking on Municipal Finance at Capitol Forum May 24

The League's Tony Minghine will be part of a panel discussion on "Tax Dilemna: Finding Funding for Failing Cities," hosted by the Small Business Association of Michigan. He'll explain the challenge of advocating for more state revenue sharing when the budget is already cash-strapped. Tune in to Facebook Live, 8 am, May 24.

What Michigan Is - and Isn't - Doing for Local Governments

Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri says the improving economy gives Michigan a chance to reform local governments' revenue, efficiency of services and unfunded retiree costs. Gov. Snyder's new task force on retirement reform is unlikely to recommend fixes. More.

Deadline Nearing for John Barr Scholarship for Local Officials

The John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship was created from its namesake's vision to provide local elected and appointed officials with the knowledge and skills they need to lead and govern their communities. Apply by May 31. Read more. .

Municipalities Can No Longer Regulate Taxicabs

A new law stripping all local control over taxi carriers went into effect on March 21. It prohibits a local unit of government from imposing a tax or fee upon, or requiring a license for, limousines, taxicabs, and Transportation Network Companies such as Uber or Lyft. Read new Fact Sheet.

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