League CEO Reflects on Year of Successes and Challenges
League CEO Dan Gilmartin addressed over 500 representatives from Michigan cities and villages at the League's Convention. He emphasized that the League tries to stay ahead in innovation and take the lead in finding solutions for community-level problems, particularly funding. One of the big successes this year was fighting PA 269, known as the gag order law, which prevented local officials from sharing information about election issues. Another success was supporting the right of local governments to set their own "prevailing wage" requirement. Read more.
Conversation Continues on New Personal Property Tax System
On Sept. 27, the League co-hosted a webinar with Howard Heideman from Treasury as a continuation of our efforts to help communities move through the initial phases of implementing the state's new personal property tax system. Click here to view the recorded webinar. Visit Treasury's web site for more details. Read more.
Lee Kilbourn Elected President of Michigan Association of Mayors
At the League's 2016 Convention, Auburn Mayor Lee Kilbourn was elected to serveaa one-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors. Kilbourn was previously vice president. Baraga Village President Wendell Dompier was selected as the new vice president. More
Survey Shows More Support for RTA Vote with Education
In a new MIRS News/Target Insyght survey, the percentage of registered voters who would vote yes based on what they already knew about the mass transit proposal was 49.2%, but that number increased to 51.6% after the voters were given the actual ballot language. Read more.
Nominations Open for Michigan Traffic Safety Awards
Nominate an individual or organization for the Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Commission's traffic safety awards in these categories: Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement, Richard H. Austin Long-Term Safety Achievement, and Student. Nominations due by Nov. 4. More
Snyder Signs 'Landmark' Medical Marijuana Reforms
Gov. Snyder signed "landmark" medical marijuana legislation to regulate dispensaries and clarify the legality of edible products in Michigan. The new law will allow licensed dispensaries to operate in communities that choose to allow them. Read more.
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