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House Shelves Plans for OPEB Reform During Lame Duck

Today, the House Local Government committee deferred action on comprehensive retiree health care reform (OPEB) until next term. The League has long cited the need to address the high cost of retirement health insurance while maintaining options for health care for municipal retirees. Although the League offered conceptual support for this proposal, the complexity of the issue makes it difficult to thoroughly consider during the lame duck environment. For that reason, the League requested the House delay action on this proposal and allow for the opportunity to work with Gov. Snyder, the incoming Legislature, and all of the relevant interest groups in the next term. Read more.

21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report Released

The 21st Century Infrastructure Commission released a report on improving Michigan's infrastructure and strengthening our economy. The report suggests that we must look at infrastructure in an integrated and holistic way, further promoting asset management, coordinated planning, sustainable funding, and emerging technologies. More.

Hastings Launches Campaign for Hammond Hill Multi-Use Trail

Hammond Hill Multi-Use Trail will open up 76 acres of one of Hastings' most beautiful parks for cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, and more. With help from MEDC-MSHDA Public Spaces Community Places, the new trail will benefit local and regional residents as well as businesses. Read more.

Kzoo PlacePlan: Asian Restaurant Wins Competition for Lease

A Vietnamese restaurant will open in Kalamazoo after local developers won the "Fare Games" competition designed to help revitalize the Edison Neighborhood area. More than $200,000 was invested in the neighborhood's renovation by the city, the League, and others. Read more.

State Awards Marshall Redevelopment Ready Certification

MEDC has awarded the City of Marshall cerfitication in its Redevelopment Ready Communities program as a signal the city has removed barriers to make it attractive for investment. Marshall joins 7 other Michigan communities deemed "thoroughly prepared." Read more.

FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked

A federal judge halted the implementation of a federal administrative rule to extend mandatory overtime for employees making less than $47,500 per year. He also issued a nationwide injunction to stop the scheduled change from taking effect on Dec. 1. Read more.

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