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League Pres. & VP Pen Op-Ed Urging Direct Federal Aid to Local Govt.

League President Brenda F. Moore and Vice President William Wild joined forces to write an op-ed column stressing the importance of direct federal assistance for Michigan's local governments battling coronavirus. Our municipalities have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic doing everything from providing ambulance services to reconfiguring public spaces for social distancing. We call on all Michigan members of Congress to support our communities - their constituents - by voting for direct, unrestricted funding to local municipalities as called for in the HEROES Act. Read more.

House Passes $3 Trillion Stimulus Plan, Includes $375B to Local Govt.

The U.S. House passed the HEROES Act (HR 6800), a $3 trillion stimulus plan that would allocate $375 billion in direct assistance to local governments to address the fiscal impacts of COVID-19. We encourage our members to reach out to their member of congress and ask them to support this effort. On May 14, we held a press conference to discuss our support for the HEROES Act. Read more.

Webinars to Cover Essential Coronavirus-Related Topics

The League has developed a variety of COVID-19-related webinars. Upcoming webinars include Monday Morning Live (6/1, 12pm) and ServeMICity: Technical Assistance Office Hours (6/2, 1:30pm). After the webinars air, they are available in a variety of formats on our Coronavirus Resources page.

Mayor Barnett Testified at Congressional Briefing on Fed. Aid

On May 29, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett testified before a congressional Coronavirus panel. The video briefing examined what communities need from the federal government to stabilize local economies, protect the health and well-being of their residents, and safely reopen. Read more.

New Streamlined Licensing Process for Outdoor Liquor Services

To assist with the safe reopening of bars and restaurants, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has announced a streamlined licensing process for outdoor services and additional bar permits. More information is available on their new web page. Also, HB 5781 has been introduced, which would allow a local governing body to designate a social drinking district. Read more.

MML Launches ServeMICity to Help Communities Get COVID-19 Funding

The League launched our ServeMICity initiative to help Michigan communities get access to COVID-19 funding. Join us for the ServeMICity: Technical Assistance Office Hours webinar to learn how the program can help you navigate the COVID-19 funding landscape. View video.

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