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OPEB Reform Efforts Scuttled, Represent Missed Opportunity

Following days of meetings and negotiations, efforts to provide comprehensive reform tools for communities to better manage rising retiree health insurance costs were derailed and a stripped down proposal was adopted on Dec. 7. House Bill 5298 and its identical counterpart, Senate Bill 686, served as the main vehicle of the revised package, which was scaled back to only address the few areas of concensus agreed to in the July release of the Governor's Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force report. Read the rest of Chris Hackbarth's blog here.

In light of these developments, the League issued the following statement from CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin: "Last night's legislative retreat from the issue of broader OPEB relief and reform represents a colossal missed opportunity, leaving many communities with an unsolvable fiscal problem. As stated following the release of the task force report in July, the League and its 500 member communites hoped that the work of the task force and subsequent legislative efforts would culminate in a real solution to address one of the biggest financial threats to cities across Michigan. It did not happen. The League and its members remain committed to developing comprehensive reforms that balance the desire to manage costs while maintaining a quality municipal work force. It can be done.We will continue to advocate for real change. The citizens of Michigan deserve it." Read more.

State House Considering Revenue Sharing Package

Three bills were introduced in the House to create a structure that attempts to address the chronic underfunding of revenue sharing for local units of government. The League supports the bill package in concept and continues to advocate for a plan that restores the revenue sharing cuts of the past decade and distributes dollars appropriately. More.

Series Breaks Down State's Broken System for Funding Municipalities

An excellent series in the St. Joseph Herald-Palladium details revenue sharing and how the state's system for funding municipalities is broken. "Having reviewed the data, it is difficult not to say the current revenue sharing model in the state of Michigan is broken," stated State Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp. Read more.

Governor Snyder Signs Medical Marijuana Emergency Rules

A 2016 overhaul to the state's 2008 voter-approved Medical Marihuana Act allowed the licensing department to craft new rules as Michigan tries to transition to a fully legal medical marijuana business. Dispensaries, growers, and other marijuana enterprises can begin submit licensing applications to the state on Dec. 15. Read more.

Important 2020 Census Information for Municipalities

Accurate data collection in the U.S. Census is very important for communities.The Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) is the only opportunity for local governments to review and update the Census Master Address File prior to the 2020 Census. Deadline to register for LUCA is Dec. 15, 2017. Read more.

New Medical Marihuana Report Aims to Help Communities Choose

Should your community opt in on medical marijuana licensing? The League, in conjunction with our Legal Defense Fund, has issued a new, insightful report that aims to help communities make that decision. Check out the report here. View a press release about it here.

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The Review - Official League Magazine

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