Legislative Link
August 30, 2011

Hard Cap, 80/20 Heads to Governor's Desk 

Legislation that requires public employers to either put a hard cap on health care costs or have an 80/20 cost sharing arrangement (with an opt-out for locals) is headed to the governor's desk. SB 7 was approved by both the House and Senate last week after months of negotiations. The bill has a preference for a hard cap, so all public employers are capped in what they can pay for an employee's health care costs. The cap is $5,500 for a single person, $11,000 for a couple and $15,000 for a family. A public employer may, with 2/3 vote of its governing body, instead opt into an 80/20 cost sharing arrangement. The Legislature also put together a frequently asked questions document which can be viewed here. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Renaissance Zones Now to Pay Income Tax – If you have any Renaissance Zones in your community, you need to know that as of January 1, 2012, residents and businesses in renaissance zones will be responsible to pay the 4.35% income tax. It has recently come to light that the legislation to eliminate the Michigan Business Tax and instead tax businesses as part of the Corporate Income Tax also eliminated the exemptions for renaissance zones that were in the income tax. As such, any taxpayer (business or resident) in a renaissance zone will have to pay the 4.35% state income tax as of January 1, 2012. MORE>

Minimum Staffing Bills Head to Governor

Local Officials Offer Mixed Views on Employee Unions

Community Revitalization/Business Development Programs Approved

EVIP Grants Available for Cooperative Efforts

Michigan Association of Mayors Summer Workshop Held In Port Huron

Vendor Presentation Sessions Offer Indepth Tips on Key Municipal Issues

Federal Update

FREE TIGER Grants and Rural Projects Webinar – On Wednesday, August 31, the second of two webinars on applying for TIGER grants will be held for free. The webinar will be held beginning at 2:00 pm. While the webinar is aimed at providing information and technical assistance related to rural communities, the first webinar in the series has information that is of use to communities of all sizes. MORE>

Michigan Receives Funding for Transportation Projects

Federal Transportation Authorization Action Expected

Firefighter Assistance Grants Available

Congress on Recess, Time to Tell Your Story!

Federal Gas Tax Set to Expire

Federal Grant Opportunities

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

21st Century Communities

Host a 2011 Labor Day Community Walk – Occurring in conjunction with the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk, the Michigan Fitness Foundation hopes to link not only the upper and lower peninsulas, but the entire state by encouraging community walks as a symbol of statewide unity. Hosting a walk is a great opportunity for communities to showcase their unique area and promote healthy living. Organizers who register their event with the Michigan Fitness Foundation are able to have their walk endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports & Health. MORE>

Survey Results on “Placemaking” and the Housing Industry

Test a Neighborhood’s Livability with the “Popsicle Test” and the “Halloween Test”

Consumers Energy Hosting Info Session on Expanded Solar Program

Michigan Main Street Program Seeks Communities

Green Communities, Complete Streets Training/Funding Opp.Available

Economic Gardening Workshops



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