Michigan State Legislature Tees Up Budget Deal
Following the overall budget deal struck recently between the Governor and Legislative leaders, the House and Senate have now set conference committees in motion. The conference report on the General Government budget, which includes Revenue Sharing (SB 122), was approved May 26 and awaits final action. The conferees agreed to maintain statutory revenue sharing payments for all cities, villages, and townships at current year levels for FY16. Each individual budget report will be combined into one, omnibus budget bill (SB 133), which will likely be voted on next week. Read more.
State Rep. Andy Schor Defends Communities, Local Control
Rep. Andy Schor gave outstanding, informative testimony in the state House this week against House Bill 4052, which takes away the ability of local governments to enact ordinances that benefit their residents. The League strongly opposes this bill, which was approved by the House in a 57-52 vote. It would be very harmful to our communities. Rep. Schor explains why in this 5-minute video.
Community Excellence Award Entries are Due June 1!
Creative entries for the all-new Community Excellence Award program have been rolling in and we can't wait to see more! This year, there are more presentation formats, and you can get your whole community involved with online voting. Check out the new CEA website for the details, and get your projects in by June 1. Read more.
Prosperity Agenda Focuses on the Growing Benefits of Farmers Markets
Farmers markets provide fresh produce and an economic boost League CEO Dan Gilmartin explores this topic with co-host Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press reporter, and other guests. Prosperity Agenda aired May 27 on WJR, or listen here, or subscribe to a FREE iTunes podcast. More.
Michigan Community Stakeholders Learn Strategies to Retrofit Suburbia
At our Suburban Summits, leaders learned about road diets, "stroads," and how cities are turning eyesore properties into vibrant, economy-bolstering gems. One summit was at Westland City Hall - a building recently transformed from an abandoned Circuit City store. Read more.
Substantial Changes Coming to FOIA Effective July 1, 2015
Our FOIA Resource Packet includes a One Pager Plus Fact Sheet, article from The Review magazine, Summary of the Act, sample procedures/guidelines, two sample fee itemization forms, and the Act with the new amendments. We are also hosting a webinar on June 9. More.
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