A 16-bill package that aims to better manage retirement health benefit cost drivers was introduced in the House and Senate on Thursday, Nov. Those bills followed months of discussions between the League, legislative and administration officials. As revenues fell in the Great Recession, states and localities cut back on services and left vacancies unfilled.In Michigan, the League's Shanna Draheim says the shrinking of local government payrolls began in the early 2000s due to mounting cuts to state aid. Michigan's economy would improve if more adults had college degrees.A 16-bill package that aims to better manage retirement health benefit cost drivers was introduced in the House and Senate on Thursday, Nov. Those bills followed months of discussions between the League, legislative and administration officials. Negotiations on the OPEB reform package remain fluid.
Objectives include energy and water cost savings, use 100% renewable energy by 2035, and more. Developers and companies affiliated with medical marijuana are flocking to Michigan municipalities. Michigan's current housing supply is not keeping up with modern needs.This shift in content has resulted in identical 16-bill packages being introduced on Nov. House Bills 5298-5313 and duplicate Senate Bills 686-701 now include a number of provisions that were outside the original scope of those conversations that pose serious concerns for municipalities. The Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) is the only opportunity for local governments to review and update the Census Master Address File prior to the 2020 Census. Please contact your Congress member and ask them to support the changes proposed by NLC. New MWIMG Event - Advancing Women in Local Government Please join us for a panel discussion, where successful women serving in local government will share their insights. Do Ride-Sharing and Driverless Cars Mean Fewer Parking Garages?These bills were referred to the House and Senate committees on Michigan Competitiveness. All over the country, suburbs are rushing to develop new mixed-use corridors, complete with dense, walkable shopping areas. The League is offering training for newly elected officials that will help educate them on the basic functions in their roles as public leaders. Rick Snyder's administration is planning to require the replacement of every underground lead service pipe in Michigan within 20 years while delaying by four years a deadline to implement the nation's toughest lead limit for drinking water, in the wake of the Flint lead crisis. Snyder's Retirement Reforms workgroup and was disappointed with the results. There will also be time to learn more about Michigan Women in Municipal Government (MWIMG) and some lively networking, Nov. Cities should start thinking now about the impact driverless cars will have on everything from transit to parking.The League's Jennifer Rigterink says it's an opportunity to put vacant properties back on the tax rolls, but it's unclear if licensing fees, etc. The rising interest in this topic was evidenced by the large turnout at Networks Northwest's recent Housing Summit, where community leaders shared success and aired challenges and frustrations. The Michigan Supreme Court issued a ruling that Big Box stores can no longer use the “Dark Stores” property valuation method, which allowed them to escape paying millions in local property taxes.View decision and joint League and Michigan Townships Assoc. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has re-evaluated its decision regarding performance audits.Funds can use used to evaulate current landfill conditions, identify threats to water resources, and provide training to enhance operations. The word of these great places is spreading in Michigan.