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Senate Committee Passes Personal Property Tax Elimination Bills on Party Line Vote

This morning (May 1, 2012), the Michigan Senate Finance committee voted 5-2, along party line votes, to pass SBs 1065-1072, the package of bills which eliminates significant portions of the personal property tax (PPT). The bills now move to the Senate floor for consideration. While we are not sure which day the Senate plans on taking these bills up, the Majority Leader has indicated he hoped it is soon. MORE>

State Affairs Update

EVIP Current Year Changes Now Law - HB 5189, which extended the deadline for the current year EVIP 3rd category and provided a second path to obtaining those funds for locals, was signed into law this morning. So, those changes are now official as Public Act 107 of 2012. June 1st is the new deadline. MORE>

Cancer Presumption Hearing in Senate Committee

House Holds Municipal Loan Act Hearing

Cell Phone Tower Pre-Emption Passes House Committee Unanimously

Liquor License Issuance and Local Requirements

House Committee Takes Testimony on Tax Exemption BIll for Veterans' Organizations

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community

Federal Update

Congressional Transportation Conference Committee Set to Meet - The House and Senate have named their conferees and the first meeting of the committee tasked with hammering out a new transportation authorization before the current extension expires will meet on May 8.  The most recent extension ends June 30th. That said, Michigan is represented on the conference committee as both Congressmen Dave Camp and Fred Upton have been named as conferees. MORE>

2013 Federal budget - House and Senate Talking Different Languages

21st Century Communities

Brookings Holds Transit Summit - The League was present when transit advocates from across Michigan met in Flint on April 19th to hear from the Brookings Institution on research performed connecting transportation to jobs. The event was hosted by the Mott Foundation. The research is included in a Brookings report titled, “Missed Opportunity:  Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America.”  The report looks at the availability of transit as a means of getting residents to their jobs and studied the top 100 metros in the country, including Grand Rapids and Detroit. MORE>

Michigan Municipal League Works to Launch Natural Gas Purchasing Program This Summer

USDA Announces Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants

Sustainable Cities Institute Joins National League of Cities

League Projects Recognized As Key Drivers of Entrepreneurial Growth

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