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Press Conference, New Study on Broken Municipal Funding System

TODAY at an 11 am press conference livestreamed on, the League will release a new report on Michigan's broken financial funding system. "Michigan's Great Disinvestment: How State Policies Have Forced our Communities into Fiscal Crisis" examines changes that have affected the finances of Michigan municipalities over the past 20 years and explores ideas for improving their overall fiscal stability. The report, produced by Great Lakes Economic Consulting, centers around the experiences of the 15 largest cities in the state, as well as eight smaller cities. Read more.

Heart of Monroe PlacePlan Improves Connections to Business and Culture

The League worked with the Monroe community to identify how an alley could be used to improve access to the west section of downtown. The PlacePlan offers a strategy for improving access to this part of downtown and creating new public spaces that can connect and strengthen the businesses and cultural destinations around them. More

Bridge Magazine Editorial: Binding Cities, with Few Ways Out

The "Flint Syndrome" is a quick way of summing up the long-run consequences of disinvestment in our cities that have resulted in widespread breakdowns in public safety and the quality of life for citizens. The syndrome could easily apply to other Michgian cities. Read more.

Radio Show: Time to Fix Michigan's System of Funding Communities

Placemaking has many advantages but costs money. League CEO Dan Gilmartin, co-host Mike Wilkinson discuss its benefits, financial challenges, and solutions. Prosperity Agenda airs 7pm tonight on NewsTalk 760 WJR Radio, subscribe to a FREE iTunes podcast. or listen here.

Committee Approves Dark Stores Fix - Contact Your Legislator!

The House reported HB 5578, sponsored by Rep. David Maturen, which would end the "Dark Stores" assessment theory by requiring that commercial property be assessed at its "highest and best use." Contact your State Representative and Senator to urge their support. More.

LaMacchia: Infrastructure Issues in Flint Symptom of Larger Problem

What's happening in Flint is a symptom of a larger problem where Michigan cities are only allowed to fall with the economy but not prosper as the economy grows, said the League's John LaMacchia at a session of of the National League of Cities Infrastructure Week 2016. More

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