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A Good Meal Brings People Together to Improve Their Neighborhood
Sharing a pot-luck style dinner is the starting point for many community improvement projects at monthly Detroit SOUP gatherings. For a small donation, attendees get a chance to vote for projects presented by people who want to do great things in their community - anything from cleaning up a park, to running an after-school program, to starting a small business. Since 2010, Detroit SOUP dinners have raised nearly $67,000 for Detroit-specific projects. Many winners have continued for long periods of time since they won support at SOUP. Get more details and see the SOUP video.
New CRC Study Shows Michigan's System of Funding Local Governments is Broken
The League released a media statement April 15 about a new report from the Citizens Research Council showing that state tax revenues increased by $1.2 billion from 2009 to 2012, while local tax revenues declined by $1.1 billion in the same time period. This is further proof that the state has balanced its budget at the expense of local communities. Read more.