Annexation Bill to Lock Borders of Cities and Charter Townships Over 20,000 Receives Hearing
The House Local Government Committee today (March 8, 2012) took up HB 4007 for testimony. This bill would prevent annexations between cities and charter townships of 20,000 or more in population. Michigan Municipal League staff, joined by Brighton City Manager Dana Foster, testified in opposition. We testified that this will lock borders and not allow for collaboration, so is anti-regionalism. Additionally, businesses who want services provided by the city will not be able to utilize those services, so this will cost jobs. MORE>
Governor Delivers Public Safety Message - Last week, Governor Rick Snyder delivered his public safety message. There were several key points that affect our communities. Among them are $10 million of the $25 million EVIP grant funds to be prioritized for public safety consolidation/innovation and creation of a Secure Cities Partnership to focus initially on Flint, Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw. MORE>
Yard Waste Ban Exemption Passes Committee
House Committee Passes Public Employee Disclosure Bill
Presidential Primary Reimbursement Claim Forms Available Online
Transportation Asset Management Conference Scheduled for April
Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community
Transportation Bill Moving Forward - The U.S. Senate is moving forward with legislation, S. 1813, that would put in place a new two year transportation authorization. Floor votes began last week on amendments after an agreement was reached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as to how to proceed. A final vote on the bill is expected this week, however, with a March 31 deadline on the current extension, no one knows what the House will do. MORE>
Local Officials and League in DC for National Conference
National Broadband Public Safety Network Included as Part of Payroll Tax Cut Deal
TIGER 2012 Grant Funding Available
Deficit Reduction - Members Urged to Pass Resolution
21st Century Communities
Community Revitalization Workshops Offered - The Community Assistance Team at the MEDC (CATeam) is hosting a series of workshop roundtables across the state in March to promote community revitalization through grants and loans. Projects located in a downtown and that include brownfield or historic properties are eligible for consideration. MORE>
Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit
MDEQ Grants Available for Household Drug Collection Programs
Bring Your Community Excellence Award Entry to Capital Conference!
Michigan Main Street Program Seeking Communities
Community Excellence Award Entries Needed at Capital Conference!
Support Walkable and Bikable Communities by Hosting a Training!
Library Grants Available
An Exciting New Initiative for Michigan: Community Arts Certification Conference