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Press Release

Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;


Michigan Municipal League Names State Representatives Rudy Hobbs and Wayne Schmidt as Legislators of the Year

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (Oct. 4, 2012)—-The Michigan Municipal League has honored State Representatives Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield) and Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) as the League’s 2012 Legislators of the Year. The awards were formally presented to Rep. Hobbs and Rep. Schmidt during the League’s Annual Convention on Oct. 4 on Mackinac Island. hobbs

Rep. Hobbs represents the 35th House District which includes the city of Southfield. He is a long-time resident of the city of Lathrup Village.

“Rep. Hobbs has proven to be a champion for local government issues in the Legislature since his election to the State House of Representatives in 2010,” said League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin. “Hobbs played a major role in fighting the elimination of the brownfield and historic tax credits and has spoken on the House floor about the need for revitalization of communities. The League is happy to award the Legislator of the Year to Rep. Hobbs.”

Hobbs has also been a valued ally to the “Replace Don’t Erase” coalition, which is working to protect revenues for local services and local communities should the Legislature eliminate the personal property tax on business. The coalition includes the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Library Association, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Directors of Services to the Aging, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Michigan Downtown Association.

“He is a tremendous supporter of communities and understands the importance of League issues,” said Gilmartin. “He has been a leader on the issue of personal property tax, fighting to ensure that communities are kept whole if this tax is eliminated without guaranteed replacement.”

He also introduced and shepherded through a bill to remedy a serious property tax valuation discrepancy known commonly as “WPW,” which prevented communities from being able to assess the appropriate amounts for buildings based on occupancy.

Photos of all the winners can be found in this set on flickr:

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For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Communications, at 734-669-6317 or

About the League: 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.



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