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Past Board Meetings

Oct. 15, 2014

The Board of Trustees met October 15 in Marquette during the League's Annual Convention where attendees received a warm UP welcome during the host city reception!

 

During the meeting, the Trustees discussed general League business, heard an update on the League’s Placemaking Programs, a recap of the Personal Property Tax fight over the last three years, and an update on the League’s legislative activities. 

Dan Gilmartin provided the update for the 2014 Nominating Committee which included the nomination of six new Trustees that were chosen for three-year terms that will expire in 2017.


From left to right: Marcus Peccia, City Manager, Cadillac;
Kim Corcoran, Mayor, Ironwood, Bill Vajda, City Manager,
Marquette; Ken Hibl, City Manager, Clare. Not pictured:
Catherine Bostick-Tullius, City Commissioner, Lapeer;
Adam Umbrasas, Village Manager, Three Oaks.

In a closed executive session, the Trustees elected Wakefield Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bolen as the new League president for a one-year term and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett as the new vice president for a one-year term. 

Click here for more 2014 Convention photos.  We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 Convention in Traverse City!

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be November 14 in the Lansing office, stay tuned…

 

June 18-20, 2014

The League Board of Trustees met June 18-20 in Harbor Springs during their annual retreat meeting. 

During the general business meeting, Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the March Board meeting, the 2014/15 League budget, and the 2014 Convention award recommendations.

Meeting attendees heard a State & Federal Affairs department update on the latest happenings in Lansing, along with an update on the League’s Partnership for Place initiative and the League’s crowdfunding initiatives.  

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208.

The next Trustees meeting will be October 15 in Marquette during the 2014 Convention, stay tuned…

March 18, 2014

The Board of Trustees met March 18 in the Lansing office during the 2014 Capital Conference to discuss general League business.

 

Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the January Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, various department updates, and the current League employee benefits. Attendees were provided an update on the latest happenings with state and federal legislative issues.

The Trustees also approved the appointment of three new Trustees to fulfill expired terms. Congratulations and welcome to Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Petoskey City Manager Dan Ralley, and Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool!

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208

The next Trustees meeting will be June 18-20, stay tuned…

January 24, 2014

The Board of Trustees met January 24 in the Lansing Capital Office to discuss general League business.

 

During the general meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the November Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, the League’s updated Employee Handbook, and also approved the latest financial statements.

Rep. Earl Poleski (R-Jackson), Chair of the House General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, addressed the League Board to discuss the upcoming budget that contains revenue sharing and the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP).  He expressed a willingness to explore changes to the municipal finance system as well as ways to deal with pension and OPEB obligations.

Attendees were also given updates on PPT, the MiPlace Partnership Initiative, and the 2014 state and federal political forecast for municipalities.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208

The next Trustees meeting will be March 18 in the Lansing office during Capital Conference, stay tuned…

November 8, 2013

The Board of Trustees met November 8 in the Lansing Capital Office to discuss general League business. Prior to the general meeting, Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and League President Jacqueline Noonan welcomed the new Trustees.

 

During the general meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the annual business meeting, the September Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, and also approved the 2013 audit. Attendees were given an update on legislative positions by League staff and an informative visit from the Lt. Governor Brian Calley.

The new Trustees were given an informative introduction to the League and its services, which also served as a refresher for the continuing Trustees.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208

The next Trustees meeting will be January 26 in the Lansing office, stay tuned…

September 17, 2013

The Board of Trustees met September 17 in Detroit during the League’s Annual Convention. During the meeting, the Trustees discussed general League business, heard an update on the League’s Partnership for Place Proactive Legislative Agenda, and heard from Michigan Townships Association Executive Director Larry Merrill regarding the association and its goals. The Board also unanimously approved a resolution to join Unity Michigan, a broad-based coalition whose goal is to advocate for the amendment for the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to add sexual orientation and gender identity as two new items in which citizens of the state of Michigan cannot be discriminated against..

2013 Nominating Committee Chair Karen Majewski provided an update on the six new Trustees that were chosen for three-year terms that will expire in 2016.

 
From left to right: John O’Reilly, Jr., Mayor, Dearborn; Edward Klobucher, Manager, Hazel Park; Dan Greer, Councilmember, Jackson; Robert Bruner, Manager, Birmingham; Debra Greene, Mayor Pro Tem, Rogers City. Not pictured: Rosalynn Bliss, Commissioner, Grand Rapids.

In a closed executive session, the Trustees elected Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan as the new League president for a one-year term and Wakefield Mayor Richard Bolen as the new vice president for a one-year term.

Click here for more 2013 Convention photos. We look forward to seeing you at our 2014 Convention in Marquette!

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208

The next Trustees meeting will be November 8 in the Lansing office, stay tuned…

June 19-21, 2013

The League Board of Trustees met June 19-21 in Thompsonville during a joint retreat meeting with the League Workers’ Compensation Fund and Liability and Property Pool directors. During the general business meeting, Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the April Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, the 2013/14 Foundation budget, the 2013/14 League budget, and the 2013 Convention award recommendations.

 

Meeting attendees were given a State & Federal Affairs department update on the latest happenings in Lansing and heard more details on the League’s Partnership for Place initiative.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208

The next Trustees meeting will be September 17 in Detroit during the 2013 Convention, stay tuned…

April 9, 2013

The Board of Trustees met April 9 in the Lansing office during the 2013 Capital Conference to discuss general League business.  Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the January Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, various department updates, and the latest League financials.

 

Attendees discussed the upcoming 2014 Convention that will be held in Marquette and received a presentation on a new Partnership for Place initiative that League staff has in the works.  Updates on PlaceMarket projects and the latest on the happenings with state and federal legislative issues were also discussed.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208

The next Trustees meeting will be June 19-21, stay tuned…

January 25, 2013

The Board of Trustees met January 25 in the Lansing Capital Office to discuss general League business.     

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During the general meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the November Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, and also approved the latest financial statements. 

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Attendees heard from MERS CEO Chris DeRose on their member communication and new strategies for 2013; and Bill Rustem, director of strategy for Governor Snyder, and Mike Nystrom, executive vice president for MI Infrastructure & Transportation Association, regarding transportation funding strategies.  Attendees were also given the 2013 state and federal political forecast for municipalities.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be April 9 in the Lansing office during Capital Conference, stay tuned…

November 9, 2012

The Board of Trustees met November 9 in the Lansing Capital Office to discuss general League business.  Prior to the general meeting, Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and League President David Lossing welcomed the new Trustees. 

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During the general meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the annual business meeting, the October Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, and also approved the latest financial statements.  Attendees were given an update on legislative positions and a post-election update.  The new Trustees were given an informative introduction to the League and its services, which also served as a refresher for the continuing Trustees. 

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For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be January 25 in the Lansing office, stay tuned…

October 3, 2012

The Board of Trustees met October 3 on Mackinac Island during the League’s Annual Convention.  During the meeting, the Trustees discussed general League business, voted to oppose Proposal 6, and were provided an overview of the 2012 audit and an update on the 2012 Nominating Committee meeting where the six new Trustees were chosen.

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From left to right: Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem, East Lansing; Steve Brock,
Manager, Farmington Hills; Kathie Grinzinger, Manager, Mount Pleasant;
Susan Baldwin, Mayor, Battle Creek; Rebecca Hopp, Councilmember,
Ferrysburg; Steve Baker, Councilmember, Berkley

Updates were also provided on the “Vote No on Proposal 5” campaign, the Green Communities Challenge, the Pilot Nuisance Abatement program, the PlaceData project, and our Innovation Districts policy progress.  Attendees also heard perspectives on cities and the federal government from National League of Cities Executive Director Don Borut. 

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In a closed executive session, the Trustees elected Linden Mayor David Lossing as the new League president for a one-year term and Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan as the new vice president for a one-year term.  

Click here and here for more 2012 Convention photos.  We look forward to seeing you at our 2013 Convention in Detroit!

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be November 9 in the Lansing office, stay tuned…

June 20-22, 2012

The League Board of Trustees met June 20-22 in Harbor Springs during a joint retreat meeting with the League Workers’ Compensation Fund and Liability and Property Pool directors.

League Board meets with League Fund and Liability and Property Pool directors

During the general business meeting, Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the March Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, the 2012/13 Foundation budget, the 2012/13 League budget, and the 2012 Convention award recommendations. 

Summer Minnick gives legislative update to League Board

Meeting attendees heard a State & Federal Affairs department update on the latest happenings in Lansing in addition to a League strategic initiatives update.  For more photos from the retreat go here.

The next Trustees meeting will be October 3 during Convention, stay tuned for more exciting updates…

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

March 20, 2012

The Board of Trustees met March 20 in the Lansing office during the 2012 Capital Conference to discuss general League business.  Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the January Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, various department updates, and the latest League financials.  The Trustees also approved League participation in a natural gas purchasing program.  

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The League Foundation was pleased to welcome Trustee Susan Baldwin as the new League Board member liaison to the Foundation.  Bill Mathewson introduced the new Legal Defense Fund publication and the Lansing League staff provided state and federal legislative updates.

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For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be June 20-22, stay tuned…

 

January 27, 2012

The Board of Trustees met January 27 in the Lansing office to discuss general League business.  Prior to the general meeting, Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and League President Karen Majewski welcomed six new Trustees—Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin; Rogers City Councilmember Debra Greene; Jackson Councilmember Daniel Greer; Mount Pleasant City Manager Kathie S. Grinzinger; East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett; and Kingsley Village Manager Adam J. Umbrasas.

During the general meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the November Board meeting and the Foundation meeting, along with various department updates.  Meeting attendees heard from Lt. Governor Brian Calley regarding the Personal Property Tax repeal, and from Rep. Paul Opsommer regarding transportation legislation.  League staff provided a 2012 political forecast for municipalities, and an update on the League’s communications plan.

 

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be March 20 in the Lansing Capital Office, during Capital Conference.  Stay tuned…

November 4, 2011

The Board of Trustees met November 4 in the Ann Arbor office to discuss general League business.  Prior to the general meeting, Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and League President Karen Majewski welcomed the six new Trustees.

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During the general meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the annual business meeting, the Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, and also approved the latest financial statements.  Attendees were given an update on the federal deficit and the Coalition to Improve Public Safety.  An informative introduction to the League (and an updated overview for seasoned attendees) was given as well. 

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Following the meeting adjournment, the Trustees and staff heard a brief update from the MML Foundation and then enjoyed a group lunch.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be January 27 in the Lansing Capital Office, stay tuned…

October 5, 2011

The Board of Trustees met October 5 in Grand Rapids during the 113th Annual Convention.  During the meeting, the Trustees discussed general League business and were provided an overview of the 2011 audit, and an update on the 2011 Nominating Committee meeting where the six new Trustees were chosen (click here for the swearing-in photos during the annual business meeting).  The Trustees also unanimously approved a Level 4 option for the Elected Official Academy.

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The State & Federal Affairs department provided an update on the latest happenings in Lansing which included an update on personal property tax and the latest on state transportation issues.

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In a closed executive session, the Trustees elected Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski as the new League president for a one-year term and Linden Mayor David Lossing at the new vice president for a one-year term.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be November 4 in the Ann Arbor office, stay tuned…

 

July 15-16, 2011

For a nice change of pace, the Board of Trustees met July 15-16 on Mackinac Island.  They discussed general League business, Convention updates, and approved recent meeting minutes from the June Board meeting. 

The State & Federal Affairs department provided an update on the latest happenings in Lansing which included local government reforms, an EVIP and treasury update, and an update on the state transportation policy.  

Staff reported on some of the great projects in the works for Let’s Save Michigan and various League initiatives, along with a new, exciting look for the Core Legislative Principles .   

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208 . 

The next Trustees meeting will be October 5, during Convention, stay tuned…

 

June 3, 2011

The Board of Trustees met June 3 in the Ann Arbor office to discuss general League business and to approve the League budget and the Foundation budget for the next fiscal year.

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The Trustees also approved recent meeting minutes from the April Board meeting and the February Foundation meeting.  New Trustee Richard Bolen was sworn in and warmly welcomed to the group.

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League Trustee and Mayor Jackie Noonan also presented the League with a prestigious Special Recognition Award from the city of Utica for “112 years of education, legislative representation, and the encouragement to improve all municipal service.”

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For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be July 15-16, stay tuned…

 

 

April 5, 2011


The Board of Trustees met April 5 in the Lansing during Capital Conference. The Trustees met to discuss general League business and unanimously approved freezing member dues for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The freeze, effective July 1, 2011, is part of a continuing effort of the League to assist League member communities financially. The freeze and 12 percent cut, combined with previous adjustments over the last 7 years, have saved League members nearly 32 percent in dues.

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League President Shafto running the Trustees meeting.

The Trustees also approved recent meeting minutes from the January Board meeting, the latest financials statement, and the appointment of a new Trustee.

We’d like to welcome new Trustee Richard Bolen who was chosen to fill a vacant seat in the UP region—welcome Richard! His biographical information will be added to our esteemed list of Trustees shortly. 

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Another productive and enjoyable meeting

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be June 3 in the Ann Arbor Office, stay tuned…

 

 

January 21, 2011

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Michigan House Speaker Representative Jase Bolger

The Board of Trustees met January 21 in the Lansing office to discuss general League business and to hear the 2011 legislative forecast from Michigan House Speaker Representative Jase Bolger and Bill Rustem, director of strategy for Governor Snyder.

 

 

 

 

During the meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the November Board meeting and the latest financial statements.  Meeting attendees heard from the Lansing staff on the 2011 political forecast for municipalities. Following the meeting, Governor Ricky Snyder paid a visit to the Lansing Capital Office to discuss his goals for the administration and to answer questions from the meeting attendees.

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Bill Rustem, director of strategy for Governor Snyder

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Governor Snyder meeting with BOT meeting attendees.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be during Capital Conference on April 5 in the Lansing Capital Office, stay tuned…

 

November 12, 2010

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League President and Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto presiding over the November 2010 Trustees meeting.

The Board of Trustees met November 12 in the Ann Arbor office to discuss general League business and to welcome the six new Trustees.  During the meeting, the Trustees approved recent meeting minutes from the annual business meeting, the Board meeting, the Foundation meeting, and also approved the latest financial statements.  Plante Moran also presented a favorable audit report for the last year.  Following the meeting adjournment, the meeting attendees were taken on an informational orientation tour of various departments in the League office.

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League President and Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto and League Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin leading an orientation session for new Trustees.
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Associate General Counsel Sue Jeffers is honored during the November 2010 Trustees & Staff lunch prior to her retirement in December 2010.

For the latest happenings in Lansing and information onthe state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208.

 

September 21, 2010

photoThe Board of Trustees met September 21 in Dearborn during the 112th Annual Convention.  During the meeting, the Trustees discussed general League business and were provided updates on the Center for 21st Century Communities (21c3) projects, a state affairs report, and a foundation update by League staff. 

The 21c3 is making great headway in the five pilot communities (Sault Ste. Marie, Alpena, Lathrup Village, Lapeer, and Ypsilanti).  Click here to learn more the 21c3 and how your community can get involved.  The state of affairs report included the League’s public policy proposal to restore prosperity to Michigan.  This is just one of the beneficial projects in progress to improve our state—more information to come.  For the latest happenings in Lansing and information on the state budget, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The next Trustees meeting will be November 12 in the Ann Arbor office, stay tuned…

July 16-17, 2010

The Board of Trustees met July 16-17 on the historic University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, to discuss general League business and to hear legislative updates from the State & Federal Affairs department regarding the state budget outlook and the impact on Michigan communities.  For the latest happenings in Lansing, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

The Trustees approved the award nominations that will be presented during the annual banquet during Convention, along with the Core Legislative Principles that will be presented during the annual business meeting.  Michigan State Treasurer Robert Kleine spoke to the group regarding the status of the state budget, unemployment rates, housing stats, and more.  Roger Martin of Martin Waymire Communications discussed League membership initiatives. 

Susan Pollay, executive director for Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority provided an enlightening tour of Ann Arbor that highlighted the eight assets of the 21c3.  Michael Ford, CEO of AATA graciously provided bus transportation for the tour while discussing transportation in Ann Arbor and the new Master Transit Plan for Washtenaw County.  You can view additional meeting photos here on flickr. 

The next Trustees meeting will be during Annual Convention (Sept 21-24) in Dearborn, stay tuned…

June 11, 2010

The Board of Trustees met Friday, June 11 in the Ann Arbor office to discuss general League business and to approve the 2010/2011 budget for the League and for the Foundation. In light of everyone’s current economic circumstances, we have issued a 12-percent reduction in dues by eliminating the Environmental Affairs Assessment. And for the second consecutive year, membership dues have not been increased.

Despite the Board's previous action to lower dues which has had an impact on revenues, the League remains fiscally sound. I was pleased to work closely with Dan Gilmartin and Tony Minghine as the budget was developed and, upon Board discussion, recommended its approval.
– League Vice President Carol Shafto

In addition to the beneficial dues reductions, we are still able to offer the great informative services you’ve come to expect . . . and some new services to even better serve our membership, click here to learn more.   

We continue to streamline the organization and improve our service offerings to our members. It’s a very difficult period for communities in Michigan and we understand the important role we play in creating a better future for Michigan.
–League Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin

The Let’s Save Michigan program, which serves as the public advocacy arm of our Public Policy Agenda, is off to a great start with over 75,000 site visits and over 25,000 joining the campaign to create more successful communities in Michigan. The campaign has received local and national attentionTime magazine website, ABC News , including editorials in the Battle Creek Inquirer, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press, Holland Sentinel, Lansing State Journal, Midland Daily News, Oakland Press, and many more.   

In Lansing, our lobbyists continue to fight for Michigan communities with the latest battle being against expansion to Public Act 312. We also encourage you to contact your state lawmakers in opposition to legislation that expands PA 312—help us help you by clicking here. For the latest happenings in Lansing, check out our legislative blog, Inside 208. 

 

The next Trustees meeting will be in July, stay tuned…

April 13, 2010

The Board of Trustees recently met during the League’s annual Capital Conference (April 13-14, 2010) in Lansing. The Conference had a great turnout from members across the state, providing
yet another great opportunity to network with fellow members, vendors, League staff, and innovative speakers. 

During the Trustees meeting, there was a unanimous vote to eliminate the Environmental Affairs Assessment which results in a dues decrease of 12 percent. The State of Your League report was introduced—both the Trustees and staff are excited about the four-page report that provides a snapshot of League initiatives and the valuable benefits of League membership. Copies of the report are available online. The Trustees were also given an update on the positive impact and buzz surrounding the Let’s Save Michigan project—check it out and join the 2010 Pledge to move Michigan in the right direction. The next Trustees meeting will be in June.

Stay tuned…

 

January 29, 2010

What have your League Board of Trustees been up to lately? Here's a snapshot of their January 29 meeting . . . Special guest Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) kicked off the meeting by sharing the Senate GOP plan to "stop out-of-control spending." The proposal includes 10 reforms and would amend PA 312 to speed up the arbitration process during contract negotiations. Other reforms in the plan include changes to public employee health care, K-12 school spending, Medicaid spending, government efficiency and public employee compensation. Next, trustees made the League a member of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, a statewide clearinghouse and unified voice to keep families, including homeowners and renters, in their homes despite the foreclosure crisis. The League is also preparing for more involvement with the health care reform to provide our membership the flexibility to achieve the lowest health care costs available.  Stay tuned for more information on that issue.

In addition, the League worked closely with the Legislative Commission on Statutory Mandates, assisting in the development of a survey for local units of government regarding unfunded mandates. We helped develop the survey questions, distribute the survey and collect responses. For survey results, click here.  Overall, it was another very productive meeting and we are looking forward to the next meeting, hosted in conjunction with Capital Conference (April 13-14, 2010). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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