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Judge Grants Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction on PA 269!

Good news! U.S. District Court Judge O'Meara has entered an opinion granting a preliminary injunction on PA 269. We are digesting the opinion and will have more news for you on Monday. But in short, WE WIN! The lawsuit charges that a "gag order" provision in Public Act 269 is unconstitutional and asks that the law be overturned. Jerome Watson, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs - 17 local government officials and one private citizen - said the heart of this case is not about misusing public funds. It's about abusing First Amendment rights. To read the lawsuit, issue summary, sample resolutions, and more, visit our PA 269 resource page.

MLGMA Leaders Converge on Port Huron for Annual Winter Institute

Hundreds of Michigan Local Government Management Association members came to Port Huron's Convention Center this week for sessions on finance, treasury standards, and more. City Manager James Freed said it also gave the city a chance to highlight other sites, such as the U.S. Customs facilities at the Blue Water Bridge and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. More.

Michael YoungRockford City Manager, MLGMA President Michael Young Passes Away

After more than two decades of distinguished leadership, Rockford City Manager Michael F. Young has passed away. A scholarship has been set up in his honor at Grand Valley State University by his colleagues in the municipal community. More>

How Breaking Down Government Silos Empowers Placemaking

By drastically rethinking the way their municipal government works - Place Governance - the small community of Innisfil, Ontario has taken on placemaking in a big way. The shake-up freed them to make focusing on place a priority at every level of government. Read more.

Decades of Hostility Toward Michigan Cities Led to Flint Water Crisis

The people of Flint are suffering due to a state government that has made deep cuts to the revenue sharing their struggling city needs to function. Michigan's decades-long combination of deindustrialization and lack of public support for cities created the conditions that led to the water crisis. More.

Lend Your Help and Support During the Flint Water Crisis!

People all over Flint are in need of our help! The news is filled with stories of the serious health and environmental challenges they are facing as a result of the city's lead-contaminated water. For links to resources on ways you can help, check out our Flint Water Crisis page.

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