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Contact:

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 11, 2021

Statement from MML Board President Mayor Bill Wild in Response to State of Michigan Budget Address

LANSING, MI – In response to today’s Michigan state budget presentation, William Wild, Mayor of Westland and President of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, issued the following statement:

“Michigan communities are the heartbeat of our state and we are thankful that that Gov. Whitmer’s budget makes needed investments in revenue sharing, infrastructure and local programs that make our state a great place to live, work and visit.

It is through the provision of high-quality services, the modernization of our infrastructure, and the promotion of a sustainable environment that we will create equitable opportunities for our people, businesses, and communities to thrive.”

Governor Whitmer’s Budget recognizes the important role communities have in this recovery, and that their recovery and our economic recovery is inextricably linked. We look forward to working closely with the Governor and lawmakers in a bipartisan manner to invest in our local communities.”

Some of the budget highlights the League will focus on during the budget process include:

  • $70 million to provide relief from revenue losses for Michigan’s 24 city income tax communities impacted by the pandemic;

  • 2 percent increase in statutory revenue sharing worth $5.2 million and an expected 1.8 percent increase in per capita Constitutional revenue sharing of around $15 million for nearly 1,800 cities, villages and townships;

    • Additional $5 million in grants for local public safety recruiting and training grants;

    • $10.2 million for public safety de-escalation and crisis response training

  • Infrastructure & Environment:

    • $300 million for 120 local bridges;

    • $290 million from Clean Water Plan for local grants;

    • $40 million for high water infrastructure local relief grants;

    • $20 million for rapid response contaminated sites clean-ups;

    • $10 million for lead poisoning prevention;

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, assistant director of strategic communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell) 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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