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News Advisory


Contact:

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 8, 2017

Michigan Municipal League Statement on Governor Snyder's Budget Proposal

 

The following is a Michigan Municipal League statement regarding Governor Snyder’s budget proposal announced today. The statement can be attributed to Chris Hackbarth, Director of State & Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League:

“Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget does little to alleviate the financial stresses facing Michigan’s local governments. The state provides for no increase in statutory revenue sharing, allowing that important revenue source to be further eroded by inflation. It projects a 2.3 percent increase in constitutional revenue sharing – but last year’s budget also projected an increase that never showed up as revenue projections fell short and cities suffered yet another cut to revenue sharing.

“The League is glad that the governor has kept his promise to local governments on the Personal Property Tax (PPT) reimbursement issue, but the PPT reimbursement is not a substitute for the $7.5 billion in revenue sharing dollars diverted from Michigan communities since 2002.

“Our communities are struggling because the state’s system for funding municipalities is broken and does not track with the economy. As the Governor said during his State of the State address, strong communities will lead a strong state. Our state’s future prosperity hinges on development of long-term, sustainable municipal fiscal policy that will allow our communities to invest in themselves so that they can become successful and help drive the state’s economy, instead of lag behind it.”

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of media relations, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and mbach@mml.org.

 

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The 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. Learn more at mml.org.

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