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July 6, 2010

League Town Gown Bill Passes House On Bi-Partisan Vote
Last week, the House of Representatives passed HB 6243, a key piece of legislation being advocated by the League as part of our Prosperity Agenda. The bill reflects the education asset of the Prosperity Agenda and the Center for 21st Century Communities (21c3) project by providing a mechanism to help foster “Town-Gown” economic development partnerships. MORE>

State Affairs Update
House Labor Committee Passes More Faux Reform – Last week, the House Labor Committee reported SBs 1085 and 1086, bills that amend the Urban Cooperation Act and the Intergovernmental Transfers of Functions and Responsibilities Act. Unfortunately the bills were reported without amendment in the same version that passed the Senate. Unlike the PA 312 bill that is harmful to our communities, SBs 1085 and 1086 don't outwardly harm our communities but certainly don't help us control costs. MORE>

Complete Streets Legislation Passes House

Abatement Law Fix and Limited Expansion Goes to Governor

Democratic Gubernatorial Debate Now Available for Viewing

Public Forums on Passenger Rail Announced

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Federal Update

Mandatory Collective Bargaining Language Passes U.S. House – Just prior to their July 4th recess, the U.S. House passed a supplemental appropriation bill, H.R. 4899, containing language that would mandate collective bargaining of municipalities, counties and states when dealing with public safety employees, under one-size-fits-all rules to be developed later. It is urgent that you call Senators Levin and Stabenow and tell them to vote against a supplemental bill unless the mandatory collective bargaining language is removed and given fair hearing on its own merits. MORE>

State Looking for Proposals to Fast Track NSP Funds

Feds Announce New Round of High-Speed Rail Funding

Federal Agencies Combine to Offer Sustainable Community Challenge Grants

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
21c3’s “Eight Assets” Included in Saline, MI Strategic Plan! – The Center for 21st Century Communities’ (21c3) “eight assets” that make cities and towns attractive places to live and work have been included among the “core values” of the City of Saline, Michigan’s 2010-2011 Strategic Plan for city governance! The League, which created 21c3 and identified the “eight assets,” is particularly pleased to see a community in Michigan so whole-heartedly embracing its effort to help communities “place-make.” MORE>

Community Development Training Announced

The Entrepreneurial Revolution

Blissfield, Hart and Wayland Receive Michigan Main Street Community Designation

National Historic Trust Offers Grants

Funding Available for Community Sustainability Projects



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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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