Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25. 2014
Proposed EVIP/Revenue Sharing Changes Major Blow to Michigan Communities
The following statement is from Utica Mayor and Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan about proposed changes to the revenue sharing/Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) approved by the House Appropriations General Government Subcommittee this morning (March 25, 2014).
Michigan Municipal League is staunchly opposed to these changes. The action also indicates a complete disregard for concerns raised directly to the subcommittee by League members in testimony last month. View a blog about the hearing here. In addition, League board members at their meeting in January talked with Rep. Earl Poleski (R-Jackson), the committee chair, about their frustration with the level of revenue sharing funding to local units of governments and challenges with the EVIP program.
“EVIP is not working. We have testified, we have talked to legislators, and there is not a single local unit of government who thinks this program creates more efficient government,” said League President Jacqueline Noonan, mayor of Utica. “But this action taken by this House subcommittee today shows that the Legislature is not listening. We are not only extremely disappointed, but fearful that these proposed changes would send even more Michigan cities into financial distress and possibly even emergency management or bankruptcy.”
A League study released last week showed the state has diverted $6.2 billion in revenue sharing dollars from Michigan communities in the last decade. Had the funds not been diverted by state lawmakers, the fiscal crisis facing many local Michigan communities today might not be so severe. The proposed changes to the EVIP program takes Michigan’s communities in the wrong direction.
For additional information contact the League’s Samantha Harkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 908-0306.
The 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.