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June 22, 2010


House Does NOT Vote on PA 312 Expansion!
Last week, the House adjourned without voting on SB 1072, a bill that would expand PA 312. Thank you to those members who testified in opposition of this legislation or contacted their legislators. Several legislators mentioned they had heard from League members, and at the end of the day the bill was not voted on. The League opposes this bill because it is an expansion and does not include a definition of ability to pay. This bill may be taken up in session today. Contact your legislators and ask them to vote NO on SB 1072 without an ability to pay amendment! MORE>

State Affairs Update
Michigan Media Reports on League’s Fight Against Expansion of PA 312 – As our fight against expansion to Public Act 312 continues, the Michigan Municipal League has received some pretty decent media coverage from throughout the state, including on the Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), The Center for Michigan and in the Traverse City Record Eagle. MORE>

Locals Can Regulate Massage Therapists Until State Is Ready

OPRA Sunset Extension Passes Senate Committee

Planning Commissioners Will Have to Be 18 Years Old

League Members and Staff Continue to Talk About Local Government, State Policy Issues

Register Today for the MAM Summer Workshop!

Federal Update

Federal Agencies Combine to Offer Sustainable Community Challenge Grants – The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development are joining forces to award up to $75 million in funding – $35 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for localized planning activities that ultimately lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development. MORE>
TIGER II Transportation Grant Funding Announced

Comments Sought On Federal Transit Funding Criteria
Federal Health Care: Young Adults and Early Retirees
Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map Created

League Federal Webpage


21st Century Communities
East Lansing Wins Region 2 Community Excellence Award – The city of East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center, an incubator for technology-based businesses, won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 2 Community Excellence Award. East Lansing won the peer-selected honor for its facility, which provides space and resources to start-up technology businesses. MORE>
Statewide Regional Collaboration Conference Available On-Line

Michigan’s Future Hinges on Valuing Education and Attracting a Knowledge-Based Economy, Study Finds

Defining a Region Through Art

Thoughts on Sharing Your Bike With Others

Entrepreneurial Communities Project Accepting Applications

Hastings, Michigan, Kicks Off Year-Long Sculpture Exhibit and Arts Celebration

Downtown Conference Partners Call for Award Nominations

National Historic Trust Offers Grants

Funding Available for Community Sustainability Projects


Save the Date

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

MAM Summer Workshop
Aug 4-6, St. Ignace

The Buzz

Warm Training Centers Honors Sustainability Leaders

What's New

Speed Limit Idea Runs Afoul of Headlee

Congress, Detroit Form Plans to Attract Grocery Stores

May/Junel 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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