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State Rep. Andy Schor Defends Communities, Local Control

Michigan Representative Andy Schor gave some outstanding, informative testimony in the state House earlier this week in speaking against House Bill 4052, which takes away the ability of local governments to enact ordinances that benefit their residents. The League strongly opposes this bill as well. The bill, which was approved by the House in a 57-52 vote, would be very harmful to our communities. Rep. Schor does an excellent job explaining why so please check out the 5-minute video.

Michigan Community Stakeholders Learn Strategies to Retrofit Suburbia

At the League's Suburban Summits, suburban leaders learned about road diets, why "stroads" are killing suburbs, and how cities across the U.S. are turning eyesore buildings, parking lots, and vacant spaces into vibrant, economy-bolstering gems. The first summit was held at Westland City Hall - an ideal location as the building was recently transformed from an abandoned Circuit City store. Read more.

Midland Seeks Community Input to Advance Farmers Market PlacePlan

The Midland Farmers Market has seen an explosion in demand and the existing facility can't keep up. The League worked with Midland to create a PlacePlan, which recommended a community conversation about the role of the farmers market. Talks about a new location for a year-round market and now underway. Read more.

Speaker Cotter Unveils House Republican Transportation Solutions

The new House Republican transportation plan would generate $1.05 billion for transportation: $700 million from the General Fund; $185 million from Reprioritizing Restricted Funds; $162 million from Tax Fairness. Stay tuned for more details. Read more.

Investment Crowdfunding Gets Doors Open for Local Brewer

Tecumseh Brewing Co. opened in April, thanks to Michigan's 2013 MILE Act, which makes it easier for entrepreners to raise money from smaller investors by exempting this type of deal from complex state securities laws. It was the first company in the state to use this new tool. More.

Substantial Changes Coming to FOIA Effective July 1, 2015

A FOIA Resource Packet is now available, which includes our One Pager Plus Fact Sheet, an article from The Review magazine, Summary of the Act, sample procedures/guidelines, two sample fee itemization forms, and the Act with the new amendments. We are also hosting a webinar on June 9. Read more.

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