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MML Statement

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2009          

Contact:
Andrea Messinger / ph: 517-908-0302

For Michigan to Prosper Once Again, We Need A Budget That Protects Public Safety and Creates Local Communities That Can Prosper

LANSING, Mich. — Summer Minnick, Director, State Affairs, of the Michigan Municipal League, provides the following comments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2010 state budget presented to the Legislature today by the Governor.

"We know that to attract citizens and create jobs, we must invest in making Michigan's communities places where people and businesses want to be, where prosperity can happen once again. Prospering places across the nation have good infrastructure, safe streets, arts and cultural amenities, and thriving parks and green spaces. Revenue sharing is a vital part of creating prosperous communities, and we remain hopeful the Governor and Legislature someday will support public policies, including adequate revenue sharing, to create the types of communities that are growing jobs and generating significant new commercial and residential development. Given the current budget crisis and given the massive cuts to revenue sharing this decade, we appreciate no additional reductions to revenue sharing that threaten public safety, safe drinking water and other essential local services."

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. For more information, visit www.mml.org.

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