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September 6, 2011

League and Others to Hold Press Conference on Elimination of Personal Property Tax 

The Michigan Municipal League is part of a coalition having a press conference Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9 am, about the effort in Lansing to eliminate the Personal Property Tax (PPT) on businesses. The League, as well as officials from the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Library Association, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and other organizations, will explain the devastating impact cutting this tax will have on Michigan residents if the tax is not fully replaced. The press conference is taking place at the League’s Lansing office: 208 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. Stay tuned to mml.org and replacedonterase.com.

State Affairs Update

Hard Cap and 80/20 Healthcare Law “One Pager” Now Available – The League has created a “one pager” of information on the details of the Hard Cap and 80/20 healthcare legislation (SB 7) that goes into effect on January 1, 2012. This legislation 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), and awaits the governor’s signature. 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 instead opt into an 80/20 cost sharing arrangement, or optout entirely. MORE>

Geographic Renaissance Zone Subzones to Expire at End of Year

Early Bird Deadline Extended to Friday, Sept. 9 for Convention

Local Officials Offer Mixed Views on Employee Unions

EVIP Grants Available for Cooperative Efforts

Vendor Presentation Sessions Offer Indepth Tips on Key Municipal Issues

Federal Update

Transportation and Infrastructure Front and Center as Congress Returns – With Congress returning to work, the issues of job creation and transportation and infrastructure spending appear to be closely linked. The President has already given one speech urging Congress to approve another extension of the current transportation funding authorization, and all reports indicate that his speech this week will also focus on job creation through spending on transportation and infrastructure. MORE>

Federal Highway Relents On Traffic Sign Regulations

Michigan Receives Funding for Transportation Projects

Firefighter Assistance Grants Available

Federal Grant Opportunities

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

21st Century Communities

Economics of Place Book Released, Available from League at Amazon – The League has published a book on placemaking as an economic development tool, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People. View Dan Gilmartin's Economics of Place blog. Click here to learn more about the book and its authors.

Survey Results on “Placemaking” and the Housing Industry

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

Michigan Main Street Program Seeks Communities

Green Communities, Complete Streets Training/Funding Opp.Available

Economic Gardening Workshops



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