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May 10, 2011
   

Revenue Sharing, Brownfield, Transportation Funding, Fire Protection Grants Cut as House Passes Omnibus Budget

Last week, the House of Representatives passed HB 4526, the omnibus budget for all general fund departments except education (which is funded in a separate bill that funds the School Aid Fund). The budget passed with a 62-48 party line vote. There was significant debate on the bill, with Republicans saying that this budget as a whole is a necessary reset and is structurally balanced, and that this is needed because the old way simply wasn't working. MORE>


State Affairs Update

Bills to Bailout Some Select Townships Gets Hearing – Thursday morning at 9:00 am, the House Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs Committee will be taking testimony on HBs 4148-50 and HB 4538. These bills would do a variety of things, including creating a revolving fund and using water quality bond money to fund the revolving loan fund for communities that used certain special assessments to build infrastructure that wasn't developed. MORE>

Senate Considers Municipal Partnership Act

Fireworks Legislation Passes House Committee

May 17 Transit Advocacy Day

Local Bridge Program Application Deadline Extended

CATeam and CDBG Economic Development Trainings

Register Today for the MAM Capitol Reception and Press Conference (May 19)!

MML Foundation Board Re-Appointments and Officer Selection

Community Excellence Award: Call for Entries

Governor’s Reform Plan: League Resource Page Now Available



Federal Update

High-Speed Rail Funds Coming to Michigan – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, has announced that Michigan will be the recipient of $200 million in high-speed rail funding. The money comes from the return of $2.4 billion in funding the state of Florida returned to the federal government earlier this year. The grant, which requires no state matching funds, will go toward the purchase of tracks, upgrading rail infrastructure, and improving congestion points by separating passenger and freight trains. MORE>

EPA Briefing on Water Protection

COPS Grant Process Now Open

CDBG Estimates Released

Michigan’s Census Profile Released

Time to Tell Your Story!



21st Century Communities

Re-Sizing Michigan Communities: Free Webinar Series – The Center for Community and Economic Development at Michigan State University is hosting a series of free webinars beginning Tuesday, May 17 to explore issues impacting communities with declining populations and density. The "Re-Sizing Michigan Communities" program will feature speakers from Michigan and around the country to discuss issues impacting land use, infrastructure, and the use of limited resources. MORE>

Michigan’s Complete Streets Actions Bring National Acclaim

State Announces New Round of Energy Efficiency Grants

Progress Towards Restoring Detroit’s Depot

MAP Spring Institute Offers Strategies for Environmental Sustainability

Nation’s Capital Hosts Two Spring Conferences for Community Energy Leaders

Helping Small Towns Succeed: A National Conference

Michigan Port Collaborative Spring 2011 Summit

 

   

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