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November 16, 2010

League Transportation Initiatives Start Moving

Several transportation-focused bills began moving last week during the lame duck session. House Bill 6484 authorizes up to $100 million of state construction bonds to be used to cover the necessary state match requirement to receive the $160 million federal high-speed rail grant awarded to Michigan's Detroit to Chicago passenger rail corridor late last month. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Two-Inch Rule Bill Passes Senate – Last week, the full Senate passed SB 1475 which would reinstate the long standing two-inch rule. The bill passed 33-5 demonstrating significant bi-partisan support. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives where the League will be working to move this issue quickly in the few remaining weeks of session. MORE>

Regional Convention and Tourism Bureau Legislation Passes

Brownfield 30-Year Shot Clock Bill Takes Next Steps

Next Michigan/Aerotropolis Bills (Mostly) Pass Senate

Sewer Bills Flow Out of the House

Liquor License Victories in Lame Duck!

League Sponsored Town-Gown Legislation Passes Senate Committee

TOD Legislation Moves, But Brownfield Bill Hits Snag Because of Dep’t of Treasury

Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Ann Arbor Round Out Rail Forum Schedule

Federal Update

Federal Deficit Commission to Recommend Sweeping Changes – While the election of 2010 will bring changes to Congress, the issues before them will remain the same. One of the more pressing set of issues is how to deal with the nations burgeoning deficit. Earlier this year, President Obama commissioned a federal commission to study the issue. And last week, the chairmen of that group sparked a political firestorm when they released preliminary recommendations. MORE>

The New Congress and Transportation Policy

Election Means Changes to Congressional Delegation

Help Save the Energy Block Grant Program

Feds Announce TIGER II Transportation Grants

21st Century Communities

Transportation Bonanza 2 Registration Now Open – The Michigan Municipal League is partnering with the Michigan Association of Planning this December 8 and 9 in Lansing to offer two days of comprehensive, multidisciplinary training that provides the programming necessary to integrate land use and transportation policies with health and mobility agendas. MORE>

Review Magazine Latest Issue Focuses on Center for 21st Century Communities ‘Education’ Asset

Complete Streets Grants Announced

Small Town Revival

CEOs for Cities Urban Summit Visits Detroit

IBM, League, Howell, Saline Partner on Cloud Computing Initiative

BetterBuildings for Michigan Announces Energy Efficiency Grant Opportunity


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