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Quiet Settles Over Environmental Debate at Capitol
Bridge Magazine
October 27, 2011

What's New

City Manager Embraces Cedar Springs’ Intimacy

Detroit to Lead Nation in Visitor Growth as Hotel Industry Rebounds

Sept/Oct 2011 MMR Issue

Grants & Projects

FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America

Complete Streets Communities Eligible for Discounted Bicycle Parking Products

Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

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Senate Panel Takes Testimony on New EVIP/Revenue Sharing Program

Last Wednesday, the Senate General Government Subcommittee on Appropriations took testimony on the new EVIP (revenue sharing) program which began October 1. The Department of Treasury spoke before the committee heard testimony from city managers from Tecumseh, Saugatuck and Rogers City regarding the difficulty in implementing some of the aspects of the program. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Please Share Your PA 152 Resolutions with League - The Michigan Municipal League is asking its member communities to please share resolutions pertaining to compliance with Public Act 152, also known as SB 7. PA 152 sets a “hard cap” for public employers with regard to medical benefit plan costs, and provides an option for an 80/20 cost share, or the option to opt-out entirely through a two-thirds vote of the elected body. MORE>

League’s Arnold Weinfeld Quoted About Gov. Snyder’s Transportation Plan

House Hears Court Reorganization Bills

Driver Responsibility Fee Bill Moves to House Floor

Workers’ Comp Changes Head to House

Michigan Shared Services Community Goes Live



Federal Update

Transportation Budget Issues Could Impact Michigan Communities - As the Super Committee on Deficit Reduction continues its work, so does the rest of the Congress on moving forward with FY 2012 budget bills.  Currently of importance to Michigan communities is debate surrounding the transportation budget currently before the Senate. Two issues of importance are under attack - funding for Amtrak and funding for transportation enhancements. MORE>

Repeal of Three Percent Withholding Rule

Infrastructure Push Brings Political Foes Together

Foreclosures and Neighborhood Stabilization


Congressmen Camp and Upton Need to Hear From You



21st Century Communities

Build Communities Through Art: Grants Available - Grants are now available for art-centered community projects. These are grants to drive community revitalization with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of economic development. These grants target organizations doing groundbreaking work in creative placemaking in communities. The funding comes from the National Endowment for the Art fund and is for nonprofit and public agencies. There is $11.5 million available. MORE>

Port Collaborative Holds Fall Summit

The Bright Side – Stories of Inspiring Work in Michigan

UM/ULI Real Estate Forum Nov 9-10, Detroit

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon

 

   

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