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September 27, 2011

Governor Signs Health Care Legislation 

Governor Rick Snyder has signed SB 7, legislation changing the way local units of government pay for health care. The new law, PA 152 of 2011, creates a preference for a hard cap for public employers. A public employer can opt into an 80/20 cost sharing arrangement instead or a local government may opt out entirely. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Government Competition Bill to Have Hearing Today – Today at noon the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee is taking up HB 4453, a bill that would prohibit government competition against private entities in construction or rehabilitation of public works infrastructure. The substitute the committee expects to take up is narrower than the introduced version; however, the League will be testifying in opposition to this legislation. MORE>

Driver Responsibility Fees Face Challenge in House Committee

“Super Drunk” Bills Sail Through Committee

League Opposes Expansion of Economic Development Tools to Greenfields

Webinar for Proposed Michigan Regional Planning Act

EVIP Grants Available for Cooperative Efforts

Federal Update

House Leader Given OK to Raise Transportation Funding Levels – Congressman John Mica, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has been given the go-ahead by House Republican leadership to seek $15 billion in additional revenues per year to fund a new transportation reauthorization bill. MORE>

Federal Highway and FAA Funding Extended

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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