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League Municipal Bond Refinancing Bills Moving

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee took testimony on a package of bills that the League was successful in getting introduced and has been pushing for a couple of years. The bills, HBs 5550 - 5554 would, generally speaking, give local communities the opportunity to refinance existing non-voted debt in order to better handle challenging fiscal times. Shea Charles, city manager of Howell and Beach Hall, mayor of Rogers City, testified alongside League staff on the importance of these bills. The League worked to get this package of bills passed through committee and is now working on getting them passed on the Senate floor. MORE>


State Affairs Update

Senate Committee Reports League-Requested Two-Inch Rule – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously reported SB 1475, a bill that would reinstate the long standing two-inch rule last week. The League requested this bill after a negative Supreme Court ruling and has been pushing for this to be taken up to prevent massive liability against cities and taxpayer dollars. The full Senate is expected to take this bill up on the floor today. MORE>

Transit-Oriented Development Legislation Clearing Final Hurdles

Senate Approves Sewer Project Funding Bills

Bay City, Midland, Saginaw Regional Convention & Tourism Bill Passes

Brownfield Conference in Detroit Announced: Registration Now Available

Former League Members Elected to Legislature

Reminder For All Clerks: Please Fill Out and Return the MML Directory Survey



Federal Update

Election Means Changes to Congressional Delegation – The impact of the 2010 election could be felt for some time both at the state and federal levels. One of the more immediate areas of impact is to Michigan's congressional delegation which has swung from 8-7 Democratic to 9-6 Republican with pick-ups in the northern Michigan/Upper Peninsula First District and the 7th District of southern central Michigan. MORE>

Michigan Wins In Second Round of Rail Funding

Help Save the Energy Block Grant Program


21st Century Communities

IBM, League, Howell, Saline Partner on Cloud Computing Initiative – The Michigan Municipal League is working in partnership with IBM to create and expand opportunities for the League and our members in the new world of cloud computing. The cities of Howell and Saline have agreed to be among the first communities in the nation to pilot the program. MORE>

BetterBuildings for Michigan Announces Energy Efficiency Grant Opportunity

Carmakers Next Problem: Generation Y

Several Members Receive Michigan Main Street Awards

Woodward Corridor Project Receives Living Cities Funding

Marquette and Midland Ranked in Forbes’ “Best Small Cities to Raise a Family” List

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Offering Energy Grants

   

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