Legislative Link
July 12, 2011

Michigan Communities Score Several Victories in Lansing! lansing

Michigan communities will benefit greatly by several bills that moved through the legislative process last week, including an amendment to the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA), an opt-out provision to a health care reform bill and increase funding for revenue sharing. Also moving ahead is a new redevelopment tool to help downtowns and business districts with vacant or burned out properties. View the July 5 press release. These bills come on the heels of one of the biggest victories for Michigan communities – the passage of reforms to Public Act 312, dealing with binding arbitration for public safety workers. View the League PA 312 press release.

State Affairs Update

capitolMDOT Communication Regarding 2012 Standard Specifications for Construction The use of the 2012 Standard Specifications for Construction on local agency projects begins with the November 4, 2011 bid letting.  Projects let prior to this date will not be required to use the 2012 Standard Specifications for Construction.  Read more at the League’s Inside 208 blog.  Contact Andy Schor, aschor@mml.org. 


Road Maintenance Best Practices Conference July 26

Two- Inch Rule Will Wait Until Fall

MDOT Announces 2013 Federal Program Application Deadlines

AmeriCorps Volunteers Available for Housing Agencies

MAM Summer Workshop Registration Now Available!

Municipal Partnership Act Remains in House

Chambers Ping Pong Urban Cooperation Reform

PERA Bill Passed by House

Federal Update
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Transportation Funding Cut 34% Under Proposed House Bill – Congressman John Mica of Florida, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has announced his outline of a new six-year transportation authorization bill which would cut funding 34% from current levels. See the League’s Inside 208 blog for more information. Contact Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org. MORE>

New Round of TIGER Grants Announced

Amtrak Privatization Discussion Raises Concerns

Homeland Security Budget Slashed

Support CDBG!

Legislation Protecting Public Access TV Introduced

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

21st Century Communities

zeelandSirolli Entrepreneur Training Available – Earlier this year, the Michigan Municipal League facilitated a three-day training session with Ernesto Sirolli for local officials to learn techniques in how to retain, attract, and coach entrepreneurs in their community. We are again partnering with Sirolli to offer a similar three-day session September 7-9 at the League Capital Office in Lansing. Read more at the League’s 21c3 blog. Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org. MORE>

Detroit Is On the Move

National League of Cities to Celebrate City Achievements Through City Showcase Program

Could Climate Change "Hurt" Michigan's Industries?  The American Security Project Thinks So

National Association of Realtors Determines Americans Like Mixed-Used, Walkable Neighborhoods

Complete Streets Communities Number Growing

"Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards" Invites the Public to Nominate Their Community Leaders

Transit Options for Boomers May Be Few


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