Legislative Link
October 18, 2011
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Public Employment Law Seminar
Oct. 25, Lansing

2nd Annual Green Communities Conference
Oct. 28, Lansing

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Nov. 15, Marlette

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Nov. 16, Lansing

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec. 6, Ferrysburg

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec. 7, Ann Arbor

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec. 8, Mt. Pleasant

The Buzz

Young Activist Finds Energy, Challenges in SW Detroit
Bridge Magazine
October 6, 2011

What's New

Q&A with League Director on Building Communities for People

Amtrak Ridership In Michigan Sets Records

Grand Rapids Press: Why Strong Cities Will Make a Strong Michigan

Sept/Oct 2011 MMR Issue

Grants & Projects

Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

Related Links

RFP Sharing Service

21c3 Website

League’s PA 312 Webpage

MI Legislature

MI Senate

MI House of Reps


Bill Introduced to Reinstate Renaissance Zones for Income Tax 

picture A few weeks ago, it was discovered that residents in renaissance zones (and businesses without signed agreements) will now have to pay taxes under the new Corporate Income Tax (CIT). This week, Sen. Dave Hildenbrand introduced SB 748. This bill will reinstate the exemption from taxes for residents in renaissance zones that was there before the new CIT became law. This will ensure that the promise is upheld to residents that they will be tax-free in renaissance zones while that area is designated as a renaissance zone. MORE>

State Affairs Update

capitolSuper Drunk Bills Pass House – Last week, the House passed HBs 4920-4924, bills that would give municipal attorneys the authority to prosecute "super drunk" driving offenses. In October of 2009, the new super drunk driving laws became effective. The law raises the penalty for operating while intoxicated from 93 days to 180 days, and the fine from maximum $500-700 if blood alcohol content is .17 or higher. MORE>

Michigan Property Values Subject of New Report

Consolidation Report Issued By Citizens Research Council

Michigan Shared Services Community Goes Live

EVIP Grants Available for Cooperative Efforts

Federal Update

busMichigan Receives $46 Million For Public Transportation – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that Michigan will receive over $46 million toward public transportation projects throughout the state. The announcement is part of $928.5 million in federal funds for more than 300 such projects across the country. The grants are being made available through Federal Transit Administrations fiscal year 2011 funds and will go toward replacing or refurbishing aging buses; building or improving bus terminals, garages and other transit facilities; manufacturing new clean-fuel buses; and assisting communities in planning for future transit needs. MORE>

American Jobs Act – Infrastructure to be the Focus?

Congressmen Camp and Upton Need to Hear From You
Health Care Costs Subject of National Study
Report Reveals City Fiscal Conditions Across the Country


21st Century Communities

logoThe Bright Side – Stories of Inspiring Work in Michigan – The League is partnering with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) to underwrite episodes of a new public access and online show called "The Bright Side." It is intended to tell the stories of the transformative, inspiring work that is happening within our communities. This show highlights achievements and shares resources, best practices and information about community members, nonprofits and other stakeholders across Michigan. MORE>

FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America
UM/ULI Real Estate Forum Nov 9-10, Detroit
“Bridge” E-Magazine Unveiled

Complete Streets Communities Eligible for Discounted Bicycle Parking Products
Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon


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