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Michigan Cities' Advocate: Revenue Sharing Discussion Gaining Traction

For months, the League has been saying the state needs to reverse billions of dollars of cuts to revenue sharing to avoid a "perfect storm" for cities and other local governments. The state's model for funding local governments is broken. Since 2002, Michigan has diverted from local governments a total of $7.5 billion in revenue sharing money. The League's SaveMICity effort focuses on the negative consequences of those reductions and in shrinking options for creating local revenue. Listen to the League's Tony Minghine's interview on WKAR radio to hear where the effort stands now. Read more.

Congressman Dan Kildee, League Host Municipal Finance Session

At our municipal finance event in Flint, the League's Anthony Minghine discussed the broken system and ways to fix it. Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson led a panel discussion on local impact. Rep. Dan Kildee and Michigan Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich added federal and state perspective. View photos. More.

League Opposes Bill to Amend the Highway Advertising Act

SB 953 would allow commercial activities that are not related to education on school-owned property. This opens the door for all school property to be exempt from zoning when used for a private commercial purpose. Please urge your State Representative to oppose this bill. Read more.

Pop-up Testing in Berkley's Robina Plaza Continues

Phase 3 of the Berkley Robina Plaza project - transforming the Robina/12 Mile intersection into a more pedestrian-friendly plaza - is now underway. The intersection is temporarily closed to traffic, the space is being activated with activities, and feedback is being collected. Read more.

Detroit Free Press: Passage of RTA Millage Will Help Detroit Work

Metro Detroit's over-reliance on the private automobile and our woefully inadequate bus systems deny tens of thousands of people a reasonable way to get to jobs, schools, shopping, and recreational spots. We can change that by approving the RTA ballot proposal on Nov. 8. More.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Changes December 1

A significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will go into effect Dec. 1. The U.S. Dept. of Labor's final overtime rule updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional ("white collar") exemption. For the U.S. Dept. of Labor Fact Sheet, click here

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