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Nov 27, 2012
Lansing

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec 5, 2012
Lansing

Local Governmental Summit on Efficiency Creation and Cost Saving
Dec 11, 2012
Lansing

You Won! Now What? Newly Elected Officials Training
Dec 12, 2012
Ann Arbor

Training Week Near You
Jan 16-18, 2013
Ann Arbor

Training Week Near You
Feb 14-15, 2013
Frankenmuth

Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender
Feb 15-16, 2013
Frankenmuth

Elected Officials Academy Advanced Weekender
Feb 15-16, 2013
Frankenmuth

League Capital Conference
April 9-10, 2013
Lansing

League Annual Convention
Sept 18-20, 2013
Detroit


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Boyne City Receives Placemaking Grant for Functional Art Bicycle Racks
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What's New

Community Foreclosure Toolkit Now Availalbe Online in Michigan

St. Joseph's Belt-Tightening Earns Bounty

Michigan Municipal League Wins Seven MarCom Awards for Marketing and Communications Excellence

November/December 2012 MMR Issue

Grants & Projects

FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America

Complete Streets Communities Eligible for Discounted Bicycle Parking Products

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

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Resources

PA 54 Exemption Still in Committee -- CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS to Stop This Bill!

Thursday morning the House Local Government committee held a second hearing on a new bill introduced this summer that would amend PA 54 of 2012, the law prohibiting retroactive wage increases, to exempt police officers and firefighters.┬áThe committee held testimony but did not take a vote.HB 5780 seeks to undo one of last year's important reforms by exempting those employees who are subject to PA 312. Our members have hailed PA 54 as a success because it has allowed for the settlement of contracts more quickly and has resulted in cost savings and fewer PA 312 arbitrations. MORE>.

State Affairs Update

Personal Property Tax A Priority in Lame Duck? - Lansing's local political publication, MIRS, indicated the Speaker has personal property tax reform as a top issue to handle in the lame duck session being held the end of November/beginning of December for 2-3 weeks. The League, along with our partners in the Replace Don't Erase coalition, have continued concerns about an identified guaranteed replacement for PPT revenue. One source that has been identified is expiring battery tax credits. MORE>

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

With the Election Over, Congressional Leaders Stake Out Position on Fiscal Cliff - Wasting no time at all, both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have made statements today saying they have no plans to back down from their stances regarding expiring tax cuts and massive spending reductions which will go into effect at the end of the year, a situation known as the "fiscal cliff." They are set to return to work today.The League has been advocating for a balanced approach to resolving the crisis, which the Congressional Budget Office has warned could result in another recession.

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



21st Century Communities

Michigan Economic Center Announces "Dream Restored Project" - The Michigan Economic Center at the Prima Civitas Foundation has announced a two- year project to develop policies for a "public goods" investment strategy in Michigan. Dubbed the "Dream Restored Project" MEC Director John Austin, notes that the time is past for Michigan to figure out how to invest in critical assets such as great universities, good roads, clean water, public safety, and overall quality of life. The projects goal is to provide research-driven, policy ideas through citizen input to inform future debate on state and budget and legislative priorities and offer additional solutions. MORE>

Well I'm Glad That's Over!

Art's Contribution to the Gross Domestic Product Will Be Calculated

Technology and Civic Engagement

"Our Town" Art Grants Available

Redistribution of Wealth - The Socialists Are Coming!

MiCNU to Begin West Michigan Meet Up

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource

   

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