Legislative Link
May 24, 2011
Save the Date

MML Region Meetings
May, June 2011

Cracking the Capitol Code: Insider’s Guide to Advocacy
June 6 and13, Webinar

Zoning Administrator Training
June 7, Inkster

Zoning Administrator Training
June 9, Lansing

MAM Summer Workshop
Aug 10-12, Port Huron
Registration Coming Soon

MML Convention
Oct 4-7, Grand Rapids

The Buzz

Imagining Detroit: NY Times Looks at City's Alternative Future
New York Times
May 17, 2011

What's New

Saline Signs on to Statewide Entrepreneurship Program

St. Clair Applies for Electric Car Stations Downtown

May/June Issue of Michigan Municipal Review

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


Brownfield, Historic Credit Replacement Dollars and Allocation Info

Now that the Brownfield and Historic Tax Credits have been eliminated (once the corporate income tax bill is signed by the governor), the League has been working on two fronts to ensure the projects that relied on these credits are still feasible. On the funding front, we received very good news late last week. Somewhere between $75 and $100 million will be allocated to projects that previously received Brownfield, Historic, and MEGA credits. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Revenue Sharing Scores Additional Victory In Final Budget Deal! – Last week, gthe governor and House and Senate leadership announced the final budget deal for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Of the extra $310 million available (due to updated revenue estimates), another $30 million will be added to revenue sharing. $15 million will go to the "Economic Vitality Incentive" grants which are replacing statutory revenue sharing. The other $15 million will go to county revenue sharing. MORE>

House Holds PA 312 Hearing

Senate Passes 80/20 Health Care Premium Sharing

League Holds Two-Part Webinar on Advocacy: Cracking the Capitol Code

Community Excellence Award: Call for Entries

Governor’s Reform Plan: League Resource Page Now Available

Federal Update

2012 Federal Budget Targeting Begins – House Republicans have set targets for the 2012 budget, and as predicted in several former posts, the floor keeps dropping. The targets set additional reductions of $47 billion that will impact every non-security area of federal operations and programs. For example, the 2012 spending limit for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee is $7.7 billion less than the fiscal year 2011 enacted level. CDBG, HOME, transportation, and public housing programs all fall within this subcommittee’s jurisdiction. MORE>

Federal Complete Streets Legislation Introduced

Legislation Protecting Public Access TV Introduced

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

COPS Grant Process Now Open

CDBG Estimates Released

Michigan’s Census Profile Released

21st Century Communities

Old Town Lansing Recipient of Great American Main Street Award – The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that Old Town Lansing is a recipient of the 2011 Great American Main Street Award. The award recognizes Old Town for following the Main Street Four-Point Approach, embracing sound historic preservation ethics and building strategic partnerships. 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

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

Helping Small Towns Succeed: A National Conference



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