Legislative Link
March 1, 2011
Save the Date

Entrepreneur Trinity of Management Workshop
March 2-4

Essential Skills for the Elected Official

March 10
Mt. Pleasant

Impact of Changing From a Village to a City Workshop
March 18

League Capital Conference
April 5-6

The Buzz

Rep. Joe Haveman: Binding Arbitration Means Budget Maladministration
Holland Sentinel
February 21, 2011

What's New

General Motors Foundation Resumes Arts Funding to Detroit Institutions

Cutting Through the Haze

Rochester Hills Offers Snow Plow Safety Video to Fellow Communities

January/February 2011 Michigan Municipal Review

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

RFP Sharing Service

21c3 Website

League’s PA 312 Webpage

MI Legislature

MI Senate

MI House of Reps



House Hears Testimony on Repealing PA 312

Last week, the House Government Operations Committee heard testimony on HB 4205, a bill that would repeal PA 312 of 1969. The League was joined by several members to testify in support of the legislation. The bill was hotly opposed by the public safety unions, and a number of firefighters picketed outside the House office building. Despite the contentious atmosphere, the hearing was a good conversation on the issue. MORE>

State Affairs Update

League To Testify on Revenue Sharing in House on Wednesday – This Wednesday, Summer Minnick of the League will be testifying on the impact of revenue sharing cuts over the past decade and the governor's proposal to eliminate the existing program and replace it with a competitive program designed to promote "best practices" equaling roughly 2/3 of the money that communities were getting under statutory revenue sharing. MORE>

Personal Property Tax Repeal Bill No Longer on Senate Finance Agenda

House Holds Hearing on Urban Cooperation Act

House Takes Testimony on Yard Waste Energy Bills

Revenue Sharing Fact Sheet Now Available

Economic Development Tool Credits Left Out of New Proposed Business Tax

“Buy Michigan First” Now Called “Contract Connect”

Time Running Out for Entrepreneurs to Win $100,000

Register Online Today for Capital Conference!

Federal Update

Federal Shutdown Looming – As Congress comes back to work this week after the Presidents Day recess, the most pressing issue facing members is working to reach agreement by March 4 to prevent a government shutdown. March 4 is the date when the current funding measure expires. Prior to the recess, the House passed H.R. 1 which cuts funding for the remainder of the current year by $61 billion and included a 62.5% to the Community Development Block Grant Program. MORE>

Local Officials Urged to Speak with Federal Representatives

SEC Proposes Registration Rule for Volunteer Board Members

Rural Access to Intercity Transportation on the Decline

Broadband Map Released

21st Century Communities

League’s Dan Gilmartin Leads Panel Discussion on Role Cities Play in Revitalizing Michigan – Michigan Municipal League's Dan Gilmartin was the moderator of a panel of experts talking about the role downtowns and Michigan's cities will play in the state's future. The discussion, called "The Role of Central Cities in Revitalizing Michigan" took place Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 in Lansing, and was part of the Michigan Society of Association Executives annual Legislative Conference. The discussion centered on the importance of place and how to keep Michigan's college graduates from leaving the state by offering vibrant downtowns where today's young people want to live and work. MORE>

Local Foodies and Farmers Convene at the HomeGrown Local Food Summit Today

Complete Streets Training Offered Across the State

Walking Audits and Bike Facilities Training Being Offered

Buy Local Campaigns Succeed, Study Finds

State Loans Available for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects

Let’s Move Cities and Towns Campaign

Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit

Urban Land Institute Public/Private Conference


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