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July 3, 2012

Congress Passes New Transportation Act

Nearly three years since the last transportation act actually expired and some 10 extensions later, Congress has overwhelmingly passed legislation, H.R. 4348, putting in place a two year authorization through September 2014 at current spending levels. That is not to say that the bill doesn't have its detractors. The more conservative members of Congress would have liked to have seen reductions to better meet deficit goals, and various transportation advocates feel too much was given away in order to keep issues such as the Keystone Pipeline out of the bill entirely.  MORE>

State Affairs Update

Learn More About Michigan's Consumer Fireworks Legislation - The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act became effective on January 1, 2012. The new statute makes the sale, use, and possession of “consumer fireworks” legal. Consumer fireworks are fireworks that are designed to produce visible and/or audible effects by combustion, such as firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets.  The Attorney General has now weighed in on the ability of local to regulate the sale of fireworks. MORE>

Foreclosure Prevention Funds Available Through MSHDA

Michigan Legislature Has Left the Building

Registration Open for 2012 Convention, Mackinac Island Oct 3-5

Registration Now Open for MAM Summer Workshop in Traverse City

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community

Federal Update

Affordable Care Act Upheld by US Supreme Court - In what many have called a stunning decision, the Supreme Court has upheld the federal Affordable Care Act by a 5-4 vote.  The decision was stunning because of Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted to affirm the law with the courts 4 liberal members.  Reports indicate that Roberts vacillated and held off a strong push by the court's conservative members to vote with them. It is important to note, that what the majority agreed to is not that Congress can use its power to regulate commerce between the states by requiring everyone to buy health insurance. MORE>

CDBG Receives Increase in House Budget

Transportation Infrastructure Webinar July 11

Webinar - Supreme Court Cases and Their Impact on Local Government July 19

21st Century Communities

Keeping the Best and Brightest - Such is the title of the most recent Outlook series from the Lansing State Journal. Articles from League partners, Lou Glazer at Michigan Future, Dave Waymire of Martin-Waymire Communications detail the importance of smart, young workers and present a different kind of scorecard matching up Michigan with Massachusetts. MORE>

Great Lakes Fishery Trust Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

Present Your Green Success Story at November Conference

National Park Service Offers Free Technical Assistance

Don’t Leave Home Without It!

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource


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