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November 22, 2011
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Dec. 8, Mt. Pleasant

The Buzz

Forget Taxes and Regulations, Michigan Must Build it So They'll Come
Ron Dzwonkowski, Detroit Free Press
November 20, 2011

What's New

Plan Could See Lansing, East Lansing Sharing a Fire Chief

There are Rules to Follow When Raising Nontraditional Farm Animals

2011/2012 Pay and Benefits Survey Now Available

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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Deficit Supercommittee Fails to Reach Agreement

Not unexpectedly, the Congressional Supercommittee formed to tackle the nation's budget deficit is failing to reach agreement.  This means that $1.5 trillion in cuts will automatically kick in for the 2013 fiscal year. You read correctly:, the 2013 fiscal year.  Congress is actually wrapping up work on the 2012 budget which means that in spite of the Supercommittee failings, it is almost a certainty that the debate over the budget deficit will go on through the 2012 election. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Personal Property Tax Reform Now a 2012 Issue- The governor's administration and Senator Brandenburg, the chair of the Senate Finance committee, said in media interviews this week that reform/repeal of the personal property tax (PPT) is now a 2012 issue and that they won't be focusing on that when they come back for the last three weeks of session in 2011. They will wait instead until after the legislature comes back from their holiday break in January. MORE>

2011/2012 Pay and Benefits Survey Now Available

Michigan Shared Services Community Goes Live

Federal Update

Federal 2012 Budget Getting Done- At the same timethat the Deficit Supercommittee has been attempting to reach agreement on a broad series of measures, Congress has also been working on finishing up the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Last week, Congress passed what is being termed a "minibus" bill providing $128 billion in funds for the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. Congress is expected to wrap the remaining nine annual appropriations bills for 2012 into a single omnibus when it returns to work after Thanksgiving. MORE>

Members Urged to Pass Resolution on Deficit Reduction

Repeal of 3 Percent Withholding Rule Complete

Transportation Bill Passes First Senate Test

21st Century Communities

League CEO Dan Gilmartin Featured on “Bright Side” Program - League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin was recently interviewed by the "Bright Side" program on issues surrounding placemaking. Gilmartin discussed the importance of place as a primary economic development driver. Place is featured in the new League publication, "The Economics of Place". MORE>

Sign Regulation Workshops

“Building Prosperous Places” Webinar

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon


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