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May 18, 2011

New Corporate Income Tax Passes Legislature, Brownfield/Historic Credits Elminated

Last week, the Senate passed (and the House concurred) HB 4361, legislation that repeals the Michigan Business Tax and creates a new 6% corporate income tax on C-Corporation businesses in Michigan. Brownfield and Historic credits were eliminated in the MBT repeal, and were NOT included in the new CIT bill. With the CIT passing without the credits, the League will continue to push for the Legislature to appropriately fund the replacement in the budget negotiations. MORE>

State Affairs Update

PA 312 Hearing Today! – Today, Wednesday May 18, at noon the House Government Operations Committee will be holding a hearing on HB 4522, a bill amending PA 312 (the law requiring mandatory binding arbitration). This bill contains important changes the League has been pushing including making the community’s ability to pay the top consideration, and including internal comparables. As introduced, the bill includes the expansion language that was troublesome last year; however, that language will be removed in a substitute. MORE>

Second Hearing on Bills to Create Revolving Loan Fund Thursday in Lansing

Scrap Tires Being Dumped in Your Community?

Local Bridge Program Application Deadline Extended

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

Community Excellence Award: Call for Entries

Governor’s Reform Plan: League Resource Page Now Available

Federal Update

Legislation Protecting Public Access TV Introduced – Legislation has been introduced in Congress, H.R. 1746, that seeks to address the challenges faced by public, educational, and governmental access (PEG) TV channels. The "Community Access Preservation Act" would allow PEG fees to be used for any PEG-related purpose, prevent cable operators from charging for the transmission of channels, require the FCC to study the effect state video franchise laws have had on PEG channels, and require operators to provide the support required under state laws, or up to 2% of gross revenue, whichever is greater. MORE>

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

High-Speed Rail Funds Coming to Michigan

COPS Grant Process Now Open

CDBG Estimates Released

Michigan’s Census Profile Released

Time to Tell Your Story!

21st Century Communities

Michigan Port Collaborative Spring 2011 Summit – The Michigan Port Collaborative will be holding its Spring 2011 Summit on May 19 and 20 in Sault Ste. Marie at Lake Superior State University. The Summit will feature presentations on port economic development initiatives, federal policy and budget initiatives to assist small harbors and cargo, commercial and recreational ports in Michigan among others. MORE>

New Report Links Transit with Jobs

Re-Sizing Michigan Communities: Free Webinar Series

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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