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Media Advisory

Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Experts Detail How Transit Can Generate Jobs and Economic Development for Michigan, and New Analysis Shows How Legislature Diverted $6.2 Billion from Michigan Cities from 2003-2013

WHO: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker; John Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism; Mayor of Utica and Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan; Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO of the Michigan Municipal League

WHAT: The Michigan Municipal League’s Annual Capital Conference

WHEN: Tuesday & Wednesday, March 18-19,, 2014

DETAILS: National Experts on Public Transit Will Speak to Special Joint Transportation Committees of the Michigan House 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Lansing Center, Room 203, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Mich. 48933

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is attending the League’s Capital Conference to discuss how public transit has created jobs and economic development in his city and surrounding communities. Mayor Becker will also discuss how transit could benefit Michigan cities. John Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism, will discuss the importance of building streets that promote livable, walkable and vibrant communities and explain the economic benefits of creating urban environments that support multiple modes of transportation. Both transit experts will testify to a joint hearing of the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation hosted by the League.

Media Availability: Mayor Ralph Becker, and John Norquist 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Lansing Center, Room 203, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Mich. 48933

Becker and Norquist will be available to speak with media following their testimony to the state House committees.

Media Roundtable: New Analysis Shows How Legislature Has Diverted Funds From More Than 40 Michigan Cities Over Past Decade 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Michigan Municipal League, 208 N. Capitol Ave., 1st Floor, Lansing, Mich. 48933

According to state Treasury Department data compiled and analyzed by the Michigan Municipal League, the Legislature and governor diverted $6.2 billion in statutory revenue sharing from local communities between 2003 and 2013 to plug holes in the state budget and pay for tax cuts for businesses. By state law, these funds were supposed to go to the cities to pay for essential services, such as police and fire protection, road maintenance, drinking water systems, parks, libraries, and more. At the media roundtable, the League will release a list of more than 40 Michigan cities and the amount of funds that the Legislature and governor diverted from each of them over the past decade. Cities on the list include Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, and dozens more around the state.

For a full agenda of the League’s Capital Conference click here:

Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.




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