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FY 2011 Budgets Signed by Governor

Last week, the Legislature finished passing all budget bills and sent them to the governor for signing; all but one has been signed. There were no cuts to revenue sharing; funding levels are set at the same amount as in FY 2010. Fire protection grant dollars were spared when bills to assess the Driver Responsibility Fees, which fund fire protection grants, were changed to be assessed only on truly egregious offenses and dollars for fire protection grants were continued to be funded first. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Sunday Morning Liquor Sales Approved by Legislature – The House and Senate both passed legislation last week that will allow Sunday morning liquor sales. HB 6007, legislation originally designed to create liquor licenses for retirement homes, was used as a vehicle bill to allow for Sunday morning sales and other things requested by the alcohol industry (wholesaler items, community college licenses, wine auction licenses, on-premises alcohol tasting for wine and beer sellers, retirement center licenses, etc.). MORE>

Local Tool Bills Pass Senate

Transportation Budget Approved By Legislature



Federal Update

Help Save the Energy Block Grant Program – The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program (EECBG) was enacted as part of the Energy Act of 2007 but remained unfunded until passage of the Recovery Act. Since that time, communities across Michigan have received funds from the program for projects like LED street lighting, upgrading energy systems and car fleets and creating more energy efficient public buildings. When the Recovery Act funding ends so will the program. Now, as that money runs out, a push is on to ensure the President and Congress continue funding for the program. MORE>

Broadband Funds to Build Fiber Optic Network in Michigan

Federal Transportation Funding Bill Coming Next Year

TIGER II Funding Requests Overwhelm Supply

$50 Billion Transportation Bill Proposed by President Obama

Health Care Reform Webcast Now Available Online

Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map Created

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21st Century Communities

Village of Paw Paw Wins National Environmental Protection Award – Michigan communities large and small are leading the way in natural resource conservation. The Village of Paw Paw proved that yet again this week by winning the National Rural Water Association's award for "Exemplary Efforts in Environmental Protection." The award was presented at the National Rural Water Association’s Tribute to Excellence awards ceremony, held on September 27, 2010 in New Orleans. MORE>

Redefining Economic Strategies Summit

EPA Announces Green Power Challenge

Bus Transit Brings “Economic and Community Benefits,” MDOT Study Reports

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media and Governance

Growing Food on Vacant Land in Detroit? It Could Work, Study Finds

   

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