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State Rep. Andy Schor Defends Communities, Local Control

Michigan Representative Andy Schor gave some outstanding, informative testimony in the state House earlier this week in speaking 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 as well. The bill, which was approved by the House in a 57-52 vote, would be very harmful to our communities. Rep. Schor does an excellent job explaining why so please check out the 5-minute video.

Prosperity Agenda Focuses on the Growing Benefits of Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are experiencing a resurgence, more than doubling in numbers in the last decade, providing fresh produce, a social gathering space, and an economic boost to the community. League CEO Dan Gilmartin explores this topic with co-host Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press City Hall reporter, and other guests. Prosperity Agenda airs at 7 p.m. May 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR, or listen here, or subscribe to a FREE iTunes podcast. Read more.

Michigan Community Stakeholders Learn Strategies to Retrofit Suburbia

At the League's Suburban Summits, suburban leaders learned about road diets, "stroads," and how cities are turning eyesore buildings and parking lots into vibrant, economy-bolstering gems. One summit was at Westland City Hall - a building recently transformed from an abandoned Circuit City store. Read more.

Royal Oak Launches Campaign to Create a Smart Park Downtown

In the summer of 2014, Royal Oak created an exciting pop-up park on Center Street. With help from MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places crowdfunding initiative, they plan to keep the excitement going by transforming that area into an environmentally-friendly 'smart' park. More.

Speaker Cotter Unveils House Republican Transportation Solutions

The new House Republican transportation plan would generate $1.05 billion for transportation: $700 million from the General Fund; $185 million from Reprioritizing Restricted Funds; $162 million from Tax Fairness. Stay tuned for more details. 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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