Legislative Link
March 8, 2011
Save the Date

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

Guest column: State's Dismal Record On Revenue Sharing Likely to Get Worse
Mayor Richard Root, Kentwood
March 4, 2011

What's New

Citizens Research Council Discusses Governor's Budget Proposal

Experts Say Expect More State Takeovers

Rochester Hills Offers Snow Plow Safety Video to Fellow Communities

March/April 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



Brownvield and Historic Credits Left Out of New Business Tax - Hearing THIS week!

The House Tax Policy will begin testimony today and tomorrow on the new corporate income tax plan – HB 4361 and 4362. These bills are the governor’s proposal to scrap the old Michigan business tax and create a new 6% corporate income tax on certain businesses. The big issue for League members, though, is that this plan does NOT retain the Brownfield credits and historic credits that have existed in previous business taxes. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Senate Education Committee Passes Emergency Management Bills – Yesterday the Senate Education Committee passed a series of bills to change the emergency financial management process for local governments and schools. The main bill in the package, HB 4214 (Rep. Pscholka R - Stevensville) makes some major changes to the process, including giving the local community the ability to use some of the powers of an emergency manager before they reach receivership, and giving the emergency manager the ability to change labor contracts. MORE>

League Testifies on Revenue Sharing in House General Government Subcommittee

Senate Subcommittee Takes Testimony on Revenue Sharing

Sunday Morning Liquor Sales Fix Passes Committee

Senate Judiciary Reports Notice Bills

House Holds Second Yard Waste Hearing

DDA Opt-Outs Bill Information

Citizens Research Council Creates Webinar on Snyder’s Proposed Budget

Revenue Sharing Fact Sheet Now Available

Early Bird Registration Deadline Today for Capital Conference!

Spring Asset Management Conference Details Announced

CERCLA Liability and Local Government Acquisitions Fact Sheet Developed

Federal Update

Infrastructure Funding in Jeopardy: Contact Federal Representatives Now! – With a federal shutdown averted for now, congressional leaders and the Obama administration continue to try to reach a compromise on spending for the remainder of 2011. The House has already adopted H.R. 1, which cuts spending by an additional $61 billion for this year alone. Included in those cuts is a loss of $273.8 million for Michigan in reductions to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and funding for transportation projects (click on document below). H.R. 1 also cuts the CDBG program by 62% for the remainder of the year. It is imperative that local officials contact their congressional members and Senators Levin and Stabenow over the next two weeks to emphasize the importance of these and other community based programs to maintaining a high quality of life in our communities. MORE>

Congress Avoids Shutdown… For Now

Local Officials Appointed to NLC Committees

SEC Proposes Registration Rule for Volunteer Board Members

21st Century Communities

Houghton Is First League Member to Join LotusLive Project – The Michigan Municipal League wants to congratulate the city of Houghton for being the first community to join in the League’s LotusLive proof of concept. Houghton will be assisting the League in testing the applicability of this collaboration tool by using it in day-to-day operations and evaluating its effectiveness. The League believes that this system has great potential for all our members and is excited that Houghton is helping with the effort. MORE>

Michigan Green Communities Project Database Now Available

US Green Building Council Offers LEED for Neighborhood Development Training April 1

Complete Streets Training Offered Across the State

Walking Audits and Bike Facilities Training Being Offered

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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