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October 9, 2012

Members Urged to Take Action Against Proposal 5

As one of many groups opposed to Proposal 5, the League is urging members to take a stand and speak out locally to urge a no vote on Proposal 5 this November. Proposal 5 would require a two-thirds vote of the both the Michigan House and Senate, or a statewide public vote, in order to raise taxes. Since that's never happened and nearly every tax reform as included tax cuts as well as increases, this proposal would put veto power in the hands of 13 state senators out of a total of 148 legislators. This has far reaching implications on the local level. MORE>

State Affairs Update

League Board votes to oppose Proposal 6 - The MML Board of Trustees, at a meeting held during convention, voted to oppose Proposal 6 on the November general election ballot. If approved, Proposal 6 would require a statewide vote prior to the state involving itself in the construction of an international bridge. Proposal 6 is the brainchild of billionaire Detroit developer Matty Mouroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge. Mr. Maroun is trying to prevent the fulfillment of an agreement between the State of Michigan and Canada to build a second span between Detroit and Windsor. MORE>

20 Ingredients of an Outstanding Downtown Webinar Series Coming Soon

MI Place Making Tools Workshop November 7

Grandville Wins 2012 Community Excellence Award at Convention

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community

Federal Update

MDOT Seeks Input on New Federal Transportation Funding Model, MAP-21 - Recently the League staff attended a meeting with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to discuss how they intend to implement the new federal transportation funding law, MAP-21, which Congress passed this summer. The new law makes several changes to the categories on federal funding and provides some additional flexibility in how those funds are passed through and spent. MORE>

US Department of Transportation Seeking local Feedback on National Environmental Policy Act

Tell Your Story: The FCC wants to Hear About PEG in Your Community

MAP-21 Resources Available

Congress to Begin Summer Break

"Fiscal Cliff" On the Horizon

21st Century Communities

MiCNU to Begin West Michigan Meet Up - The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism is unveiling its meet up series in Grand Rapids this week.  The meet ups are a networking and educational opportunity for people passionate about the built environment. The West Michigan Meet up will be held on Wednesday, October 10th in Grand Rapids beginning at 7 pm. Lee Hardy, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College will be the featured speaker presenting on bicycling in Amsterdam. MORE>

Oak Park to Host Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Roundtable

Built Environment Showcase to be Held at MSU

Of Building a Bridge as You Walk It

Fish Can’t Climb Trees!

Stop What You’re Doing

Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Launched

National Park Service Offers Free Technical Assistance

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource


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