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May 4, 2010

House Committee Takes Up Bills On Unfunded Mandates

Wednesday, May 5, at 10:30 am the House Judiciary Committee will be taking up a package of bills designed to assist local units of government with the burden of unfunded mandates handed down by the State. HBs 5797, 5799-5801 would institute a process for making claims as well as setting up additional criteria of benefit to locals by preventing mandates in the first place. While this wouldn't reimburse locals for all the lost funding each year, it is a good proactive step. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Liquor and Other Local Option Taxes – The House Tax Policy will be taking up a bill–HB 5059–that will allow local governments to create a tax on liquor sold by the glass in bars and restaurants. The municipality would have to put this question on the ballot to the voters of that municipality. MORE>

Microenterprise Fund for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs Pass Committee

Bill to Attract Residents to Communities in Historic Properties on Way to Governor

House Passes Bill to Retain Urban 20 Percent Brownfield Credit

Online Public Notice Option Critical As Technology Changes

Con-Con Debate Available for Viewing

Register Today for the Mayors Capitol Reception May 6, 11 am – 1 pm

Federal Update

Michigan Top Five in National Census Participation Rates! – The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that Michigan is one of a handful of states that has exceeded its mail-in participation rate from the 2000 census. Michigan's return rate of 77 percent, ranked in the top five states in the country! And Livonia ranked first in participation in the entire country for cities over 50,000 in population. MORE>

Non-Entitlement Communities Eligible for CDBG/Recovery Act Funds

TIGER II Transportation Grant Funding Announced

Stop Feds From Controlling Collective Bargaining

Federal Legislation Could Send Billions to Local Governments

Federal Job Training Grants Available

Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map Created

League Federal Webpage

21st Century Communities

Port Collaborative 2010 Spring Summit – Muskegon is the host next month of the 2010 Spring Summit of the Michigan Port Collaborative. The Collaborative is a diverse group of private and public members representing Michigan's Great Lakes port communities. MORE>

Eds and Meds as 21st Century Economic Drivers

Oakland County to Add Urban Parks

How Do We Talk About the Multicultural Experience?

National Historic Trust Offers Grants

Fast Cities 2010

League, MSU and Others Team Up on Training Sessions

Art and Cultural Grants Available to Communities

Funding Available for Community Sustainability Projects


Save the Date

MAM Capitol Reception
May 6, 11 am, Capitol Building

MML Regional Seminars
May/June 2010

Revolutionary Marketing: Using Social Media to Save Money & Increase Results
June 10, Lansing

Social Media is Here – Is Your Community Ready?
June 10, Lansing

Energy - New Gas Technology
June 17, FREE Webinar

EOA Core Weekender
June 18-19, Traverse City

EOA Advanced Weekender
June 18-19, Traverse City

The Buzz

Niles Makes Forbes “Best Small Place for Business”...Again
Niles Daily Star

What's New

Prosperity Agenda Radio Show on WJR Focuses on Neighborhoods

Michigan Municipal League Honors East Lansing Leaders

March/April 2010 Michigan Municipal Review

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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