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May 3, 2011

Brownfield/Historic Dollars Update

Last week, the House and Senate each had action on the brownfield/historic programs. The House passed the new corporate income tax plan and did not add back brownfield or historic credits. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration, where several key senators have said they may support including credits if the appropriation isn't enough to make the programs continue. Also, the House and Senate have each passed their budget bills to the other chamber. Both bills reduced the governor's recommended funding to replace the brownfield and historic credits from $50 million to $25 million. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Contact Your Legislator to Protect Transportation Options – Legislative appropriations subcommittees have ignored Governor Snyder's request and cut funding for public transit. The House subcommittee also stripped language providing incentives for those communities that adopt Complete Streets policies. Please contact your legislator today! MORE>

Mayors/Village Presidents: Register Today for the MAM Capitol Reception!

Community Excellence Award: Call for Entries

Governor’s Reform Plan: League Resource Page Now Available

Federal Update

constructionTime to Tell Your Story! –The time has come for local officials and residents to tell the stories of how federally funded community-based programs have worked to create jobs, spur economic development, private investment, and keep our streets safe. As has been mentioned numerous times over the last few weeks, major cuts are being proposed to a number of programs that have, over the years, added value to the quality of life in communities across Michigan and the United States. Read more at the League's Inside 208 blog.  Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org MORE>

“Fix It First” Transportation Campaign Underway

Input Sought on Federal Transportation Project Barriers

Census Data Now Available

21st Century Communities

MAP Spring Institute Offers Strategies for Environmental Sustainability – The Michigan Association of Planning is hosting its Spring Institute May 13 in Lansing, with a theme of "Moving Toward Resilience: How Community Planners Can Lead the Way to a More Sustainable Future."An impressive lineup of national experts will share approaches local leaders can take to prepare their communities for the impacts of our changing natural environment. MORE>

Two New Federal Energy Grant Opportunities

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

Helping Small Towns Succeed: A National Conference

Michigan Port Collaborative Spring 2011 Summit

Testing Needed on New Online Assessment

Engage Your Legislators This Summer Through the Legislators Building Communities Initiative

Michigan Green Communities Project Database Now Available



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