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Michigan's Great Disinvestment: Study on Broken Municipal Funding

At a May 25 press conference, the League announced the release of a somewhat shocking report titled Michigan's Great Disinvestment: How State Policies Have Forced Our Communities into Fiscal Crisis, produced by Great Lakes Economic Consulting. This report lays out the stunning but true historical reality that our dysfunctional system has created. We are the only state in the country trying to operate with less revenue than in 2002. We have clearly set up our cities to fail. They are our most important asset, but state economic policy fails to recognize this fact. Read more.

Heart of Monroe PlacePlan Improves Connections to Business and Culture

The League worked with the Monroe community to identify how an alley could be used to improve access to the west section of downtown. The PlacePlan offers a strategy for improving access to this part of downtown and creating new public spaces that can connect and strengthen the businesses and cultural destinations around them. More

Bridge Magazine Editorial: Binding Cities, with Few Ways Out

The "Flint Syndrome" is a quick way of summing up the long-run consequences of disinvestment in our cities that have resulted in widespread breakdowns in public safety and the quality of life for citizens. The syndrome could easily apply to other Michgian cities. Read more.

Radio Show: Time to Fix Michigan's System of Funding Communities

Placemaking has many advantages but costs money. League CEO Dan Gilmartin, co-host Mike Wilkinson discuss its benefits, financial challenges, and solutions. Prosperity Agenda airs 7pm tonight on NewsTalk 760 WJR Radio, subscribe to a FREE iTunes podcast. or listen here.

Committee Approves Dark Stores Fix - Contact Your Legislator!

The House reported HB 5578, sponsored by Rep. David Maturen, which would end the "Dark Stores" assessment theory by requiring that commercial property be assessed at its "highest and best use." Contact your State Representative and Senator to urge their support. More.

LaMacchia: Infrastructure Issues in Flint Symptom of Larger Problem

What's happening in Flint is a symptom of a larger problem where Michigan cities are only allowed to fall with the economy but not prosper as the economy grows, said the League's John LaMacchia at a session of the National League of Cities Infrastructure Week 2016. More

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