Through advocacy at the state and federal levels, the Michigan Municipal League proactively represents municipalities to help them sustain highly livable, desirable, and unique places within the state. Some of our current advocacy projects are listed below.

Short Term Rentals – Regulating short-term rental properties is a hot legislative topic in Michigan as companies like Airbnb and VRBO become increasingly more popular. Learn more about the topic, various bill proposals, and ways the Michigan Municipal League and partner organizations are working to address it.

Partnership for Place: An Agenda for a Competitive 21st Century Michigan – This policy agenda proposes a commitment of action in partnership between the State and its municipalities that will facilitate Michigan’s economic growth.

Two workers operate on the asphalting paver machine during city ring road repairing.

Local Agency Pavement Warranty Program – As part of the Transportation Funding Package of 2015, the Michigan Legislature created a requirement that each local road agency in Michigan adopt a Local Pavement Warranty Program acceptable to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

A cannabis plant.

Marihuana in Michigan – Medical marihuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008. Recreational marihuana was legalized in late 2018. Learn the differences and requirements for both types of marihuana.

Economic downturn bankrupt big box store

Dark Stores – Large retailers, popularly known as “Big Box” stores, have convinced the Michigan Tax Tribunal to give them special treatment as it pertains to the market value of their property. Learn more about the problem, how it negatively impacts Michigan communities, and what can be done about it.

Detroit, Michigan, USA - March 28, 2018: The Q Line streetcar runs along downtown Woodward Avenue in Detroit Michigan. The mass transit system makes several stops at popular landmarks and attractions along south and northbound Woodward.

Transportation & Transit – The League is actively pursuing several initiatives to fund Michigan’s transportation and infrastructure systems to energize downtowns and seed economic development efforts.

Lansing, Michigan, USA at the Michigan State Capitol during a wet evening.

Federal Issues – Housing finance reform, collective bargaining, and funding for transportation and community programs are among the League’s top federal priorities.



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