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State Economist Shares League's Views on Declining Revenue Sharing

On Oct. 17, Jim Stansell, senior economist with the House Fiscal Agency, made a very thorough presentation on revenue sharing to the House General Government subcommittee. He stressed the various points in history where revenue sharing to local governments was negatively impacted. Changes over the years have brought us to the point we're at now - with revenue sharing at about 1/3 of what is prescribed. View Stansell's complete presentation.

Michigan Supreme Court Considers 'Dark Store' Case

Escanaba officials who attended a Michigan Supreme Court hearing in Lansing on Oct. 12 are hopeful justices will decide not to hear a "dark store" appeal by Menards to reverse a lower court's ruling which favors the city. Menards claims the store's value should be based on a closed and empty building - or a dark store. The League is among many state organizations that are backing Escanaba. Read more.

Airbnb Battle Brews in Lansing Over Local Control of Short-Term Rentals

Municipal leaders say they know better than Lansing how to govern their communities in regard to short-term rentals. Bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate would allow short-term rentals in all residential zones and prohibit municipalities from restricting them. More

Suzanne Schulz Appointed to State Marihuana Advisory Panel

Gov. Rick Snyder announced initial appointments to the Marihuana Advisory Panel. One of those appointees is Suzanne Schulz, planning director and managing director of design, development, and community engagement for the city of Grand Rapids. Read more.

MBC-LEO Supports Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in Crisis

Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials: We stand in agreement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors regarding the devastation that struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The White House should follow the example of the nation's mayors, and other locally elected officials, who form a united front to support their fellow Americans in times of crisis. Read full statement.

League CEO to Keynote UM-Flint Placemaking Conference

League CEO Dan Gilmartin will be the keynote speaker at "Aspire to Transform: The Power of People and Place." Community leaders, local business owners, UM-Flint faculty and other influencers will discuss placemaking and its transformational impact, Oct. 24, More

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