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Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Regional Roundtable
Dec 4, 2012
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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

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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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As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price
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Hearings on Proposal to Repeal Personal Property Tax Today in Lansing

capitolThe House will hold hearings on the proposal to repeal personal property taxes on Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 am in Room 521 of the House Office Building, 124 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. This proposal is very complicated, with a number of issues in need of resolution and understanding. Our hope is to have the debate continue beyond the lame duck session so that we can be certain to address all points of concern as opposed to rushing the proposal through in just a few days. If possible, please attend and share your concerns with the committee. More>

State Affairs Update

Senate Passes MISS Dig Law Rewrite - UPDATE: The Senate has passed these bills. SB 1083 (S-4) and HB 1084 (S-1) each passed on a 26-12 vote.

The Senate will be taking up SB 1083 and SB 1084 today. The bills as passed by the Senate Energy and Technology Committee rewrite the MISS-DIG Act to create a structure to incent municipalities to comply with the Act. In those versions, if a local unit of government fails to comply with the Act it is subject to a fine of up to $5,000 from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). A second violation results in a fine of up to $10,000. A third violation carries a fine of up to $15,000 and actual property damages. All of these fines are preventable by calling MISS-DIG. If facilities are mis-marked, that is not the fault of the local unit of government. The League opposed these in the Senate. MORE>

House Committee Passes Police & Fire Exemption from Law Prohibiting Retroactive Wage Increases

Village Election Changes Pass Senate



Federal Update

Effort Underway to Pass Marketplace Fairness in US Senate: Contact Levin and Stabenow Today! - It has been reported that Senators Richard Durbin (IL), Michael Enzi (WY) and Lamar Alexander (TN) are planning to file a motion to add Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832) to the Defense Authorization Bill (S. 3254). This action could happen as early as today. Marketplace Fairness would enable state and local governments nationwide to collect $23 billion in sales tax currently due on Internet and mail order sales. These are state and local taxes and therefore will not cost the federal government any additional revenue. Please contact Senators Stabenow and Levin and urge them to support the efforts of Senators Durbin, Enzi and Alexander to add Marketplace Fairness to the Defense Authorization Bill.

Senator Levin: (202) 224-6221

Senator Stabenow: (202) 224-4822

Michigan Has Three Chairmen of 19 House Committee Posts

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

Art's Contribution to the Gross Domestic Product Will Be Calculated - Many policymakers and arts advocacy groups have argued that the creative sector impacts the economy. One of the Center for 21st Century Communities "8 Assets" that make communities better places to live is Cultural Economic Development, which hinges on the argument that artists, creative industries and professionals, museums, festivals, and other facets of the creative sector make communities attractive and generate a positive impact on the economy. However, in my time interviewing artists and arts organizations as a journalist, one of the biggest needs they frequently identify is the need for more hard data and better sources of proof. MORE>

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Benefits of City & University Partnerships

Big Data for Small Communities

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