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City Leaders Urge Legislature to Adopt Community Stabilization Plan

On Nov. 30, municipal leaders from across the state held a video news conference to urge state lawmakers to adopt a Community Stabilization Plan that addresses the fiscal situation facing Michigan communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed plan calls for changes in policies that will ensure communities can continue collecting the revenue needed to provide essential public services. The three pillars of the plan include: extend changes to the Open Meetings Act; prevent local income tax losses; and address property tax losses caused by the interaction of Proposal A and the Headlee Amendment. You can use this special email tool to send a letter to your state lawmakers, or access the letter and a fact sheet explaining the plan. Read more.

Governor Announces New Michigan Health Department Epidemic Order

Gov. Whitmer announced that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a three-week epidemic order which, among other things, requires face masks at gatherings and specifically references government offices. The League hosted a webinar, New Pandemic Order: What it Means for Your Community. Read more.

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Please Complete Survey in Support of COVID Relief for Communities

The League needs your help in getting federal COVID-19 relief to Michigan communities. Please complete this survey from the COVID Relief Now Coalition. The information collected will be extremely important in the National League of Cities fight to get financial support for our communities as they battle the coronavirus. Read more.

Help Oppose Bill that Strips Local Control Over Gravel Mining!

Contact your state Senator today to oppose Senate Bill 431. It may come up for a vote as soon as this week. This bill strips away local government's already very limited to make decisions regarding gravel mining, processing, and crushing. Urge your state legislators to oppose SB 431 and not rush it to a vote during Lame Duck! Read more.

New Report Offers Prescriptions for Broken Municipal Finance System

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has spent months researching Michigan's "unique" statutory and constitutional restrictions surrounding local finance. The formal findings of their research are in a report entitled, Towards Fiscally Healthy Michigan Local Governments. Download the report. Read more.

Webinars Cover Essential Coronavirus-Related & Other Topics

The League has developed a variety of webinars related to COVID-19 and other current topics. For upcoming webinars, view our calendar. After the webinars air, they are available on our Coronavirus Resources page, YouTube page, and podcast page.

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