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Real Growth Still Eludes the State of Michigan

For Michigan to truly succeed, we must grow in population as a state. With the release of the latest U.S. Census data, you may see headlines about the growth in some Michigan cities or regions. But as a state, our population remains stagnant while other states grow. Our population is merely shifting around instead of bringing in more people, growth, business, jobs, ideas and creativity, and revenue. The SaveMICity initiative strives to change the trend of Michigan's stagnant population by raising awareness that as a state we're not investing in what attracts people. Read SaveMiCity blog.

What Can be Done to Address Michigan's Infrastructure Problems?

A 12-year old Muskegon Heights boy filled potholes in his neighborhood and was honored by Mayor Kimberley Sims and the City Council. Sims stressed that Muskegon Heights has lost $10.2 million in revenue sharing since 2002 - money that could have been used to upgrade roads. Many other Michigan cities are facing the same challenge. Learn more on the League's SaveMICity site. Read more.

Fireworks: More Local Government Control

The 2018 amendments to the Fireworks Safety Act authorized more local control. Municipalities may enact an ordinance regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks, including prescribing the hours which they can be used. See our new Fireworks Fact Sheet.

MME Pres. Shares Fenton's Municipal Finance Challenges on Podcast

Fenton may seem to be doing pretty well, but just below the surface it’s struggling. Fenton City Manager and MME President Lynn Markland shares the effect of years of state disinvestment on Fenton and other Michigan communities on the SaveMICity podcast. Listen in now..

Monday Morning Live Podcast Covers Sanctuary City Bills, Road Funding

On this week's Monday Morning Live, now available in a podcast, we discussed the overly broad nature of two sanctuary city bills under consideration in the legislature; the status of the governor's road funding proposal and the potential Republican response; and the PPT exemption on broadband. Listen to podcast.

Informational Resources on Medical and Recreational Marijuana

Now that medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Michigan, many communities have questions. The League has assembled informational resources including a white paper, sample ordinances, fact sheets, and more on our Marijuana in Michigan web page. More.

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