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May 17, 2012
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May 31, 2012
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June 20
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Boyne Highlands

2012 Annual Convention
Oct 3-5, 2012
Mackinac Island

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Economic Development Mantra: Think and Act Regionally
Crain's Detroit Business
5/2/12

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Go Places Breakfast in Kalamazoo Features Gilmartin

Cutting Business Tax Means Cuts to Local Governments, Higher Real Estate Taxes

Mar/Apr 2012 MMR Issue

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FREE Technical Assistance From Smart Growth America

Complete Streets Communities Eligible for Discounted Bicycle Parking Products

Wood Energy Preliminary Assessment Grants

Michigan Humanities Council Grants/Events

MI Housing Community Development Funds

Federal Brownfield Funding

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Resources

Tell Lawmakers to Vote No on Personal Property Tax Bills, Sample Letters Available

The Michigan Municipal League is encouraging our members to write their lawmakers today in opposition to bills that would eliminate significant portions of the personal property tax that help fund services in cities, townships, villages, counties, schools and libraries. Newly updated sample letters to send to your Michigan Senators and Representatives are available here. Just go to the blue action alert box and follow the instructions starting by clicking "take action". The Senate is considering voting on this package this week. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Senate Committee to Consider Exception to Governmental Immunity - Today, the Senate Energy & Technology Committee is holding a hearing on Senate Bill 1084, a bill that would create an exception for governmental immunity for a municipal corporation with respect to its obligations under the MISS-DIG Act. The bill redefines "proprietary function" as an exception to governmental immunity and specifically defines acts under the MISS-DIG Act to be proprietary functions rather than governmental functions. This would create liability on behalf of our communities that damage a utility's underground storage facility even while undertaking quintessential governmental functions such as replacing sewer lines, rebuilding roads, etc. MORE>


House Committee to Consider Limiting Local Colocation

Cell Phone Tower Pre-emption Passes House

House Passes Medical Marijuana Package

House Passes Bill to Increase Tribunal Interest Rates

House Tax Policy Committee Takes Up Two Assessment Notification/Error Bills

House Committee Passes Veterans’ Tax Exemption Bill With Amendment

Treasury Puts Out Info Regarding Changes to Principal Residence Exemption

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

Proposal to Prevent Automatic Budget Cuts in 2013 Introduced - House Budget Committee Chairman, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), has introduced a plan to stop mandatory across the board spending cuts required by last summer's debt deal. The plan is actually meant to prevent any cuts to defense spending but targets cuts to other areas of the federal budget. Ryan's Sequester Replacement Act, H.R. 4966, would eliminate language in last year's Budget Control Act that requires the cuts to 2013 spending, known as the “sequester.” MORE>

Congressional Transportation Conference Committee Set to Meet

2013 Federal budget - House and Senate Talking Different Languages



21st Century Communities

Local Initiatives Giving Individuals Opportunity for Financial Stability - Communities across the country are undertaking efforts to help individuals and families reach financial self-sufficiency. Such financial empowerment efforts are bringing together key stakeholders to provide greater access to financial education, income-boosting supports and tax credits, financial products and services, savings tools and consumer protections. MORE>

Five Miles of Highway or 333 Miles of Pedestrian/Biking Access?

League CEO Dan Gilmartin to give keynote address at Partnership Conference May 31

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Set for June 7-8 in Lansing, Sign Up Today

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

USDA Announces Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource

   

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