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Gov. Snyder Releases Video Msg: Vote NO to Proposal 5 on Nov. 6!

Rick Haglund: 2/3 tax vote proposal yet another maneuver by billionaire Detroit bridge owner Matty Moroun

September/October 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

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Resources

PA 54 Exemption to Receive Hearing

The House Local Government committee has announced a hearing on a new bill, HB 5780, introduced last month that would amend PA 54 of 2012, the law prohibiting retroactive wage increases, to exempt police officers and firefighters. The hearing is scheduled for next Thursday, September 27, at 9 a.m. HB 5780 seeks to undo one of last year's important reforms by exempting those employees who are subject to PA 312. Our members have hailed PA 54 as a success because it has allowed for the settlement of contracts more quickly and has resulted in cost savings and fewer PA 312 arbitrations. MORE>

State Affairs Update

House Committee Passes Bill Dealing with Redevelopment Liquor Licenses - The House Regulatory Reform Committee took testimony and passed out of committee HB 5877 (Denby, R-Fowlerville).  This bill amends the Michigan liquor control code dealing with redevelopment liquor licenses.  According to a recent determination by the Liquor Control Commission, only businesses in cities are eligible for redevelopment liquor licenses (click here for one-pager on redevelopment licenses).  This new determination is counter to the last six years, where the Liquor Control Commission has allowed the redevelopment licenses in TIF districts to be for cities, villages, or townships. MORE>

House Transportation Committee to Hold Hearing on Regional Transit Authority

Bills Dealing with Internet Security Systems Pass Committee

Legislation to "Modernize" Blue Cross Blue Shield Gets Senate Hearing

Sewer Funding Bills Pass Through House Committee

Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Passes House Committee

New PA 152 Hard Cap Amounts Released by Treasury

Blight Elimination Funds Available

New Round of Federal EPA Grant Funding for Brownfields Available

CRC Webinar and Analysis of 25x25 Renewable Energy Ballot Question

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Honors Several State Lawyers

Proposal 5 Opposition Growing

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>

US Department of Transportation Seeking local Feedback on National Environmental Policy Act

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

EPA Offers Smart Growth Technical Assistance Through Building Blocks Program - The US EPA recently announced a new set of technical assistance tools available through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The next round of applications will be accepted starting September 24. EPA is providing a webinar on 9/27 for communities interested in learning more. MORE>

Oak Park to Host Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Roundtable

Built Environment Showcase to be Held at MSU

Updated Green Communities Challenge Now Open

Fish Can’t Climb Trees!

Stop What You’re Doing

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

Michigan Vacant Property Campaign Launched

National Park Service Offers Free Technical Assistance

The Fund Book - Free Federal Funding Resource

   

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