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February 2, 2010

Communities Make a Point at PA 312 and Urban Cooperation Act Hearing

Last week, the Senate Restructuring and Reforms Committee listened to two hours of testimony from local government officials on PA 312 and the Urban Cooperation Act. League members made a great showing as mayors and managers met in Lansing to talk to the committee about including a definition of ability to pay and internal comparables in PA 312 and removing key barriers from the Urban Cooperation Act. All of the League representatives were right on message to urge the legislators to do REAL reform, not the bills as introduced. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Senate Majority Leader Presents Reform Plan to Michigan Municipal League Board - Local government officials last week (Friday, Jan. 29, 2010) urged Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, to strengthen the reforms he has proposed to Public Act (PA) 312, which is the state law that governs police and fire contracts. In a meeting in Lansing with the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, Bishop said the Senate is proposing 10 reforms that will "stop out-of-control spending," including amendments to changes to PA 312 that will speed up the arbitration process during contract negotiations. MORE>

Transportation Funding Hits a Pothole

State Road Funding Debate Makes Its Way to the Starting Gate

MPSC Champions Local Control

Energy Assistance for Residents

Seeking Nominations for 2010 Clerk of the Year Award

Federal Update

"Let’s Talk Transportation" at Capital Conference, April 13-14
With a new federal transportation funding bill being debated in Washington, communities that are collaborating together on multi-modal transportation plans need additional funding incentives. The establishment of the "Sustainable Communities Partnership" between USDOT, HUD and EPA represents a significant shift among federal agencies as to how transportation works in concert with land use, housing, community development and the environment. Come listen as to how this shift in policy will impact communities and transportation funding into the future. More>

Feds Award High-Speed Rail Money

Locals Awarded Energy Grants

Broadband Deployment Webinar and Workshops Offered

Broadband Awards Announced

Round 2 Broadband Funding Availability Announced

Broadband Applicants Now Have On-line Tool

Census Coordination and Snowbird Information

Census 2010 Information

Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map Created

League Federal Webpage

21st Century Communities

League to Host Dan Burden for Workshop on Walkability – Dan Burden, an international expert on walkability, is scheduled to lead a workshop on Friday, February 12, 2010 at our Capitol Office in Lansing. Come see first hand why Time Magazine listed him as one of the six most important Civic Innovators in the World. MORE>

Charrette Training Available

Michigan Main Street Information Webinars

Measuring the Health of the Arts

PBS Show to Highlight Detroit and Transportation

Main Street Program Recognizes More Michigan Communities

Going Green Yields Green Savings

Nurturing Success

League Co-Sponsor of Smart Growth Conference

Cities of Service to Increase Community Volunteerism

Save the Date

Competent Person Training
Feb 9, Lansing

Confined Space Entry Training
Feb 10, Lansing

Capital Conference

April 13-14, Lansing

Regional Seminars
May/June 2010

The Buzz

'Prosperity Agenda' Radio Show Sends Out
S.O.S. to Save Michigan

Great Lakes Gazette, 1/28/2010

What's New

Local Governments Resist State Laws They Say Hinder Efficiency

Local Towns Look for Ways to Cut Public Safety Costs

January/February 2010 Michigan MunicipalReview

League’s New PA 312 Webpage

New Events Newsletter: The Loop, Your Source for Municipal Education

Grants & Projects

Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

Related Links

21c3 Website

MI Legislature

MI Senate

MI House of Reps


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