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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Municipal League

Thursday, 04 August 2022 21:29

Once-vetoed solar taxation bills resurface with changes to build local support

Legislation similar to bills that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed in 2020 involving the taxation of commercial solar energy developments was reintroduced this summer with changes to gain broader support from local governments.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 31 July 2022 18:00

‘BEHIND THE BUBBLE’: Housing underproduction in Michigan worsens

Arecently published study from Up for Growth, a national housing advocacy and research group, found housing underproduction in Michigan has reached 87,491 homes — a 311-percent increase since 2012. 

Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:33

STALEMATE: Local governments, realtors at odds over short-term rental legislation

For more than a year, advocates representing local governments and realtors have failed to reach common ground on proposed regulations for short-term rental properties — and compromise between the two sides appears far from certain.


Thursday, 16 June 2022 18:09

State lawmakers advance key housing bill package to help resolve supply shortage

State lawmakers this week advanced a housing bill package that seeks to make it easier for developers to build new projects and address a widespread need for housing at various price points.

Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:38

$40M grant program would help downtowns recover from remote work shift

As companies take varied approaches to in-person and remote work, commercial real estate experts generally agree that office square footage needs will likely shrink with the adoption of more hybrid workspaces.

Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:14

House GOP advances tax-cut plan for individuals, retirees

LANSING — The push for election-year tax cuts gained further momentum today as lawmakers advanced a $1.7 billion proposal crafted by House Republicans to reduce Michigan’s individual income tax rate and raise income exemptions for retirees.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:00

Historic federal funding influx forces decision making by state, local policymakers

If there’s any certainty about 2022, it’s that Michigan policymakers will have billions of federal dollars to distribute for infrastructure and economic development. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 November 2021 18:10

Bill would allow tax credit on investments in Michigan-based businesses

Individuals investing in Michigan-based businesses could seek a credit on the state’s income tax under legislation proposed in Lansing.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 15 August 2021 15:20

Philanthropy steps in where ‘broken’ municipal funding system has failed, advocates say

A recent $400 million donation to the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence has again raised questions about Michigan’s municipal funding model and broader issues around philanthropy paying for basic governmental services.

Published in Nonprofits

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 09:23

Federal agency withdraws proposal that would have redesignated six Michigan metro areas

Six Michigan communities are no longer at risk of losing a key U.S. Census designation that determines crucial federal funding for services, a federal agency announced Tuesday.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 14 June 2021 13:23

Compromise sought in short-term rental debate

State lawmakers have introduced a bill seeking compromise in the ongoing dispute between local governments and real estate advocates over short-term rental property regulations.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 12:56

Housing advocates oppose legislation that strips local authority over short-term rentals

Municipalities could lose a significant amount of their authority to regulate short-term rental properties under legislation that was approved Tuesday by a state House committee.


Sunday, 28 March 2021 18:50

‘Substantial and far-reaching:’ Federal proposal to change some metropolitan areas’ status could jeopardize crucial funding and economic development

Several Michigan communities are at risk of losing crucial federal funding under proposed changes to their designation as metropolitan areas, which local officials say would negatively affect services and economic development efforts.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 March 2021 19:00

Michigan cities face $250M gap from lower income taxes

In Michigan’s 24 cities with local income taxes, work from home restrictions this past year that are still largely in place for office workers have caused multi-million-dollar budget gaps.

Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:39

Advocates back infrastructure, talent development, child care spending in Whitmer’s proposed budget

Two statewide advocacy groups representing municipalities support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest proposed budget that includes spending to cover income tax revenue gaps, increased revenue sharing and infrastructure investments.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 30 November 2020 12:11

Municipal leaders call on state lawmakers for ‘community stabilization plan’

Municipal officials from across Michigan are calling on state lawmakers to pass bills they say would provide certainty and continuity in the face of revenue declines stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:20

West Michigan cities weigh policy changes to bolster affordable housing

West Michigan cities are examining new policies to expand affordable housing and create a supportive environment for developers as studies show an ongoing need for more units.

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 15:53

Local officials continue to seek billions in direct federal budget aid

A coalition of Michigan local officials is calling on the Trump administration to back additional direct budget aid for municipalities in the next federal stimulus package, maintaining their months-long appeal to avoid a lasting recession.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 15:59

Whitmer vetoes property tax deferment bills

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed two bills that would have effectively deferred summer property tax payments to relieve struggling businesses and property owners during the pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:36

Kildee, Upton push $50.5B federal aid package for small businesses

Two Michigan congressmen behind legislation that would create a $50.5 billion relief fund for small businesses nationwide hope to get it included in the next federal aid package that may come before Congress this summer.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:11

Legislation would bring property tax relief, raising concerns for local governments

State lawmakers will consider a bill this week that waives penalties for property owners who defer payments on their summer property tax bills because of hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 24 May 2020 18:00

Longer recession predicted without federal support for state, local budgets

University of Michigan researchers told state officials at this month’s revenue estimating conference they anticipate a gradual economic recovery in the next few years, resulting in an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent by the end of 2022.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 16:22

Stimulus funds trickle in for state, local governments but ‘massive hole’ remains

Federal stimulus funding has started trickling into Michigan to offset costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but pressure continues for more sweeping relief to offset losses in sales and income taxes.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:57

State, local officials seek federal help as COVID-19 budget deficits loom

Shrinking revenue from sales, income and gasoline taxes could cost state and local governments billions of dollars in the coming months, potentially cutting already stretched services and leading to a prolonged recession without sufficient federal support.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 16 February 2020 16:30

West Michigan communities leverage outdoor recreation in placemaking

Muskegon County officials are hoping the possible purchase of 377 acres of private land will increase the quality of life and help with talent attraction.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 September 2019 16:30

Groups aim for compromise on short-term rental legislation

After intense debate in recent years, Holland’s short-term rental pilot program has proven to be less eventful than some city leaders had feared.

Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:20

Municipalities hope for legislation on dark-store loophole

When Meijer Inc. last month nearly halved the taxable value of its 195,000-square-foot store in Marquette just a year after it opened, the move set off an outcry from advocates for local government. 


Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:20

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Many communities opt out of medical marijuana business, for now

Nearly 600 Michigan communities have reportedly opted out of allowing recreational marijuana businesses, which experts say is the result of uncertainty clouding the 2018 ballot initiative.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 March 2019 21:38

Lakeshore communities look to reshape their formerly industrial waterfronts

Two lakeshore communities are rethinking how former industrial sites will play a role in future development along their waterfronts. 

Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:24

Legislation could push residential property owners to pay for downtown services

GRAND RAPIDS — Legislation expected to be reintroduced this session could address the question of whether downtown residential property owners should help pay for the services currently funded only by assessments on commercial businesses. Although former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation, lawmakers could revive bills this year that would allow local taxing authorities to decide whether residential owners in business improvement districts should also pay the assessments that commercial property owners pay. 

Published in Economic Development

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