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September 20, 2011

House Committee Passes Bill to Fix Taxable Value Inequity (known as WPW) 

The House Tax Policy Committee voted unanimously to support HB 4602 (Rep. Hobbs, D-Southfield), which is a bill to fix the longstanding inequity regarding commercial and industrial property valuation based on occupancy. Due to a Supreme Court decision in 2002, referred to as the "WPW case," local governments were only able to reduce taxable value based on reductions in occupancy, but they could not increase it back up once the occupancy increased. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Community Revitalization Incentive Legislation Passes Committee – The Senate Economic Development Committee this week unanimously passed the legislation creating the new Community Revitalization Program (SB 566-568). This legislation, which is supposed to be a replacement state incentive program for the Brownfield and Historic credits, will provide dollars for gap financing to developers doing revitalization work in communities. They must meet certain conditions in order to qualify for the money, most of which focus on jobs, density, benefits to the community, etc. MORE>

Transportation Experts Discuss Michigan’s Transportation Vision

EVIP Grants Available for Cooperative Efforts

Vendor Presentation Sessions Offer Indepth Tips on Key Municipal Issues

Federal Update

Federal Highway and FAA Funding Extended – The Congress and President have agreed to legislation that provides a "clean" short-term extension of the funding authorizations for both federal highways and the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA extension is through January 2012, and the highway extension would last until March 1, 2012. MORE>

President Unveils $447 Billion Jobs Plan

Federal Highway Relents On Traffic Sign Regulations

Federal Grant Opportunities

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

21st Century Communities

Twitter Talk on Transportation Helps Define, Communicate Vision for Michigan’s Future – Let’s Save Michigan and the League held its first-ever Twitter Talk on transportation last week at the Lansing office. Using new communication tools was a great way not only to spread the message, but to encourage participants to also think about the topic itself in new and innovative ways. Much of the focus was on the need to develop a new dialogue that looks not only at how much we're spending, but on how and where we're spending it, at a time when people are re-designing their relationships to work and community. MORE>

Transit Twitter Talk Generates Constant Conversation

Plug-In Vehicle Readiness Training September 29

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon

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

Michigan Main Street Program Seeks Communities


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