michigan municipal league http://michiganradio.org en Local governments are hopeful, cautious about state road-funding plan http://michiganradio.org/post/local-governments-are-hopeful-cautious-about-state-road-funding-plan <p>The organization championing the interests of Michigan’s local governments is <a href="http://blogs.mml.org/wp/inside208/2014/04/03/speaker-bolger-unveils-new-transportation-funding-plan/">withholding judgment on a proposal</a> to fix the state’s roads.</p><p>Officials with the Michigan Municipal League say they’re cautiously hopeful about <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140406/POLITICS02/304060020/Snyder-calls-House-road-funding-plan-constructive">the plan Republican State House leader Jase Bolger unveiled</a> last week.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17125 at http://michiganradio.org Local governments are hopeful, cautious about state road-funding plan Eight Michigan cities chosen for development projects http://michiganradio.org/post/eight-michigan-cities-chosen-development-projects <p>The Michigan Municipal League is supporting eight communities with development projects. Those projects are part of the <a href="http://placemaking.mml.org/">PlacePlan program</a>.<br /><br />It's a partnership between Michigan State University, the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan State Housing Authority. The projects are focused on increasing economic activity in those communities.</p><p>Luke Forest is with the Michigan Municipal League. He says these projects will make Michigan cities more attractive to employers and young people.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:21:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15304 at http://michiganradio.org Eight Michigan cities chosen for development projects Lawmakers find compromise, pass repeal of personal property tax http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-find-compromise-pass-repeal-personal-property-tax <p>Legislation that will eliminate several hundred million dollars in taxes that businesses pay each year on equipment awaits Governor Rick Snyder’s signature. Michigan’s personal property tax applies to all kinds of things; car makers pay the tax on heavy machinery, restaurants pay it on new ovens and dishwashers.</p><p>The legislature voted early Friday morning to repeal the personal property tax and replace up to 80-percent of the lost revenue to local governments where the loss makes up more than 2.3-percent of the total tax revenue.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:56:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10385 at http://michiganradio.org Personal Property Tax phase out being rushed through state Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/personal-property-tax-phase-out-being-rushed-through-state-legislature <p>A plan to phase out Michigan’s Personal Property Tax—the tax on business equipment—is being rushed through the Michigan Legislature.</p><p>There are unanswered questions and not much time to get answers.</p><p>Businesses want to end the tax on equipment. The problem is many local governments rely heavily on that tax.</p><p>When a proposal was announced last week, it appeared phasing out the tax over ten years and a statewide vote to replace it with the state’s current use-tax revenue might work to replace the local governments’ lost revenues.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:56:23 +0000 Lester Graham 10203 at http://michiganradio.org Personal Property Tax phase out being rushed through state Legislature Is Michigan the "comeback state?" It depends who you ask. http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-comeback-state-it-depends-who-you-ask <p>Governor Snyder has been busy touting Michigan as America&rsquo;s &ldquo;comeback state&quot;--<a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/05/gov_rick_snyder_michigan_is_th.html">most recently at last week&#39;s Mackinac Island Policy Conference.</a></p><p>Unemployment is dropping as the US auto industry is booming again. And the state has a budget surplus for the first time in many years.</p><p>But many of Michigan&rsquo;s local leaders say they&rsquo;re not seeing any comeback.</p> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 01:41:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7721 at http://michiganradio.org Is Michigan the "comeback state?" It depends who you ask. 2012 may see more regional cooperation between Michigan cities and towns http://michiganradio.org/post/2012-may-see-more-regional-cooperation-between-michigan-cities-and-towns <p>&nbsp;2012 may see an increase in the number of Michigan cities and towns combining services and working more closely together.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657-267457--,00.html">Governor Snyder signed a package of bills </a>in December that remove legal barriers for municipalities seeking to consolidate services and eliminate requirements&nbsp;maintaining labor contracts when creating new partnerships.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:29:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 5596 at http://michiganradio.org 2012 may see more regional cooperation between Michigan cities and towns Unfunded state mandates, local governments & the Headlee Amendment http://michiganradio.org/post/unfunded-state-mandates-local-governments-headlee-amendment <p>Tomorrow, the Michigan Supreme Court will consider a rule change that could put&nbsp;local governments in a stronger position to challenge unfunded state mandates.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(2rkelz2hpbnnmlz4fnjr0d55))/mileg.aspx?page=LoadVirtualDoc&amp;BookmarkID=6536">Headlee Amendment</a> is a state constitutional amendment meant to reduce unfunded state mandates on local governments, like requiring but not necessarily providing extra money for special education programs.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 May 2011 19:41:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 2432 at http://michiganradio.org Unfunded state mandates, local governments & the Headlee Amendment Predicted snow storm brings new financial headache to Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/predicted-snow-storm-brings-new-financial-headache-michigan-cities <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110201/us_nm/us_weather_midwest_storm;_ylt=ArJta_ObNssCTUrro.m5JW1vzwcF;_ylu=X3oDMTJwcWRhbXVuBGFzc2V0A25tLzIwMTEwMjAxL3VzX3dlYXRoZXJfbWlkd2VzdF9zdG9ybQRjcG9zAzIEcG9zAzQEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDbWlkd2VzdGJyYWNl">Forecasters say the snow is coming</a>.&nbsp; It’s expected to make travel hazardous on Michigan roads.</p><p>It’s also expected to cause another financial headache to many cash strapped Michigan cities and towns.</p><p>Anthony Minghine&nbsp;is the Associate Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.mml.org/newsroom/about_bios.html#minghine">Michigan Municipal League.</a></p><blockquote><p><em>"Budgets have become so incredibly tight that these events become more and more difficult to absorb.&nbsp; And again, depending on the magnitude of the storm, if it’s as big as it says, it could be a two to three day event, and you know, getting everything cleared and back up to speed it will become very costly for folks."&nbsp; </em></p></blockquote><p>Minghine says money spent now on snow removal is money that won’t be spent on road repair and other projects this Spring. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:31:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 1111 at http://michiganradio.org Predicted snow storm brings new financial headache to Michigan cities