Legislative Link
September 18, 2012
Save the Date

2012 Annual Convention
Oct 3-5, 2012
Mackinac Island

Learning to Lobby: Local Officials' Role in Lansing
Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

Working with the Media
Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Public Office: How to Get it Right Before You Get it Wrong
Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

Where's the Money? How to Tap into Private Sector Funding for Municipal Projects

Oct 5, 2012
Mackinac Island

The Buzz

What Makes the Boomers the Boomers?

What's New

Economic Benefits of Bicycling Infrastructure

Is your City Design-Centered or Place-Centered?

September/October 2012 MMR Issue

Grants & Projects

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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League’s PA 312 Webpage

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Proposal 5 Opposition Growing

A new Detroit Free Press/WXYZ TV-7 poll finds opposition to Proposal 5 growing across the state, and respected Michigan business columnist Rick Haglund uncovers how and why billionaire Detroit bridge owner Matty Moroun's is involved in the 2/3 tax vote proposal. Proposal 5 would set in the constitution a requirement that a legislative vote on any tax increase must be approved by 2/3 of the House and Senate or through a vote of the people. Now, on the surface that sounds like a great idea. But the fact is that this proposal is bad for Michigan residents, bad for Michigan businesses and undemocratic, allowing a small minority of legislators (13 out of 148) to stop legislation. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Senate Bill Would Require Village Elections to be Held in November - SB 810 currently in the Senate Local Government and Elections committee would require a village regular election to be held at the general November election. The bill has had one committee hearing and another one is expected this week or next. MORE>

Bill to Eliminate Requirement of Two Auctions for Foreclosed Properties Receives Hearing

Bill Aiming to Increase Local Income Tax Collection Passes House Committee

Package of Bills to Expand Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Loan Program

Sewer Back Up Legislation taken up in Senate Committee

Energy Performance Contract Legislation Passes House Committee

CRC Offers Issue Analysis of PA 4 Ballot Initiative and Webinars of All Ballot Initiatives

Replace Don't Erase Coalition Launches Campaign on Personal Property Tax Issue

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

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community

Federal Update

MDOT Seeks Input on New Federal Transportation Funding Model, MAP-21 - Recently the League staff attended a meeting with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to discuss how they intend to implement the new federal transportation funding law, MAP-21, which Congress passed this summer. The new law makes several changes to the categories on federal funding and provides some additional flexibility in how those funds are passed through and spent. MORE>

Tell Your Story: The FCC wants to Hear About PEG in Your Community

MAP-21 Resources Available

Congress to Begin Summer Break

"Fiscal Cliff" On the Horizon

21st Century Communities

Updated Green Communities Challenge Now Open - Michigan local governments have a new tool to earn recognition for and measure their progress in implementing energy, economic development and environmental improvements. The updated Michigan Green Communities Challenge uses a rating system to recognize sustainability accomplishments and serves as a guide for communities looking to learn from their peers. Participation is free and open to all local governments in Michigan. MORE>

Fish Can’t Climb Trees!

Stop What You’re Doing

Consumers Energy Launches Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Program

Guide to "Adapting to Urban Heat" Available for Local Officials

On Allocating Scarce Resources, Running Government Like A Business and Having Your Cake and Eating it Too

Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Launched

Great Lakes Fishery Trust Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

National Park Service Offers Free Technical Assistance

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource


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