Senate Passes Road Funding Plan; $700 million from General Fund
Wednesday night (July 1) the Michigan Senate approved a road funding plan that could ultimately raise $1.5 billion for roads, with two of the main pieces of legislation in the plan coming to a tie on the chamber floor. The plan generates roughly $822 million by increasing the gas tax 15 cents and $700 million from unspecified General Fund budget cuts. The bottom line is that this plan does not provide a long-term sustainable solution to address Michigan’s deteriorating infrastructure. Read more from the League’s John LaMacchia.
Urban Development in Downtown Areas is Crucial for Michigan
Over the last 50 years, businesses and residents have been fleeing to the suburbs. But downtowns are making a comeback. Downtowns in Grand Rapids and Detroit get lots of media attention, and Flint, Saginaw, and Bay City are seeing significant investment. State policymakers need to encourage more urban development. Read more.
Charlotte Launches Campaign to Save Community Tennis Courts
Charlotte's much-loved community tennis courts, built in 1940, have fallen into serious disrepair. With help from MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places crowdfunding initiative, they plan to replace the entire existing court surface and do other needed repairs. More
Transform Lansing: Great Communities Attract Talent
The Lansing region is in a global competition to rise to the top in the 21st century economy. The region already has much to offer, including MSU, cultural options, affordable housing, great schools, the amazing Lansing River Trail and miles of trails and parks. More.
New Study Shows Walkable Urban Places are Emerging in Michigan
The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metros report finds that after decades of disinvestment, a new trend is emerging in Michigan metropolitan areas. Grand Rapids and Detroit-Ann Arbor are leading the way in a shift back toward "WalkUPs," walkable urban places. Read more
Substantial Changes Coming to FOIA Effective July 1, 2015
Our FOIA Resource Packet includes a One Pager Plus Fact Sheet, 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 also offer an on demand webinar. More.
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