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Revenue Sharing Cuts Outlined in Initial House/Senate Budget Plans

The Senate General Government subcomittee's budget report, drafted into Senate Bill 855, matched the Governor's recommendation, removing the 2.5% increase that cities, villages, and townships received this year, resulting in a $6.2 million cut to statutory revenue sharing for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. League members are urged to contact their State Senators and Representative to remind them of the revenue sharing cuts that cities and villages have endured and ask them to retain the current year statutory revenue sharing funding levels for cities, villages, and townships as the baseline moving forward. Read more.

Detroit City FC Crowdfunding Brings New Life to Hamtramck Stadium

League CEO Dan Gilmartin is featured in a new video that shares the inspiring story of the popular Detroit City FC. Through crowdfunding, the soccer club was able to restore Hamtramck's 80-year old Keyworth Stadium - a place with tremendous historical significance to the community - as well as create a great new home for the club. View video.

Water Infrastructure Bill Would Undermine Local Pros, Control

Most of Michigan's water infrastructure needs to be repaired or replaced. But communities don't need constraints on materials. Proposed legislation will alter the procurement process and eliminate collaborative designing between utilities and their engineers. Read more.

Enter the Michigan Green Communities Challenge Now!

The Michigan Green Communities Challenge measures communities' progress toward meeting their current and future energy needs. Participation is free and open to any local government. To show off your community's sustainability projects, enter by May 31. More.

Podcasts: New Ways to Listen and 2018 Legislators of the Year

League podcasts are now available on iTunes and Google Play. Check out this week's Michigan Politics, Huh? podcast with guests House Democratic Leader Sam Singh and Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) - winners of MML's 2018 Legislator of the Year awards! Tune in now.

SaveMICity Campaign Looks at Lessons from Amazon Loss

Other states have been increasing their investment in communities, while Michigan has been decreasing it. Detroit was recently passed over by Amazon to be home to their second North American HQ for the same reasons other companies choose to locate elsewhere. Read more.

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