Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb 24. 2014
Proposed Budget is a Start in Ending the Legislature’s Decade-Long Raid of Revenue Sharing Funds
Locals want continued increases in future budgets and a fix for the Governor’s incentive program
WHO: Mayors, city managers, and other local elected officials from across Michigan as well as senior staff of the Michigan Municipal League
WHAT: Locals to testify before the Michigan House General Appropriations Subcommittee
WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
WHERE: 3rd Floor, Anderson House Office Building, N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, Mich.
DETAILS: Michigan’s local taxpayers and communities will see some good, bad and ugly in Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2014 state budget. While the proposed budget marks a start in ending the Legislature’s decade-long raid of “revenue sharing” funds that were supposed to go to local communities to fund essential services, it does not restore what was taken from locals in the past decade. Mayors and local officials from across Michigan will testify asking lawmakers to increase revenue sharing by a larger amount in the 2015 budget and continue to make larger increases in future years, and fix the bureaucratic nightmare that the Governor’s Economic Vitality Incentive Program has become.
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.