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Legislator of the Year - State Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield)

Legislator of the Year - State Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield)

September 24, 2020

State Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League recently. He talks about what getting the award means to him and about his work serving Michigan’s residents and communities.

Legislator of the Year - State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch)

Legislator of the Year - State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch)

September 16, 2020

Michigan Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League recently. He talks about what getting the award means to him and about his work serving Michigan’s residents and communities.

Monday Morning Live - Court hears on governor’s executive powers; latest from Lansing

Monday Morning Live - Court hears on governor’s executive powers; latest from Lansing

September 14, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Chris Johnson, General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

On this edition of Monday Morning Live, we were joined by a special guest, Michigan Municipal League General Counsel Chris Johnson, who updated us on the recent state Supreme Court cases on Governor Whitmer's executive powers. And, now that the legislature is back in session, our legislative team shared some of the latest activities, including the state budget, gravel mining, and the Open Meetings Act. 

Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

September 11, 2020
Presenters:
Rod Taylor, Division Administrator, Community Engagement & Finance, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
Heather Frick, Bureau Director, Bureau of Local Government & School Services, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
Eric Bussis, Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Revenue & Tax Analysis, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
Bethany Wicksoll, Director of Legislative & External Affairs, Mich. State Budget Office
Terry Stanton, Manager, Unclaimed Property, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
 
We're pleased to bring you the seventh webinar in a series by the Michigan Department of Treasury in partnership with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, and Michigan Association of Counties. Topics include:
  • Update on the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference
  • Update on state budget process and the CARES Act programs
  • Information on local government Unclaimed Property
Monday Morning Live - League’s Upcoming Virtual Convention, State Revenue Estimating Conf. & more

Monday Morning Live - League’s Upcoming Virtual Convention, State Revenue Estimating Conf. & more

August 25, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Christy Welti, Events Coordinator, Michigan Municipal League
Chris Hackbarth, State & Federal Affairs Director, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

Christy Welti from our Events department joined us to share some insights on the League's first-ever virtual Convention - and how you can get free swag sent right to your home or office! Our Lansing team shed light on sessions they'll be leading on legislative issues and social districts, and offered their thoughts on what to expect from the state's revenue estimating conference.
 
Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

August 13, 2020

Presenters:
Rod Taylor, Division Administrator, Community Engagement & Finance, Michigan Dept. of Treasury
Heather Frick, Bureau Director, Bureau of Local Government & School Services, Michigan Dept. of Treasury
Evah Cole, Division Administrator, Revenue Sharing & Grants Division, Michigan Dept. of Treasury

In partnership with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, and Michigan Association of Counties, the Michigan Department of Treasury is pleased to announce the sixth joint webinar. 

This session covers details on how the August revenue sharing payments to local governments with be replaced with CARES Act funding. What does it all mean for your Community's bottom line? Get the details from Treasury, plus updates on water utility assistance, opportunities for local government to support businesses, FEMA grant dollars, and more.

Monday Morning Live - Update on Federal COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

Monday Morning Live - Update on Federal COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

August 11, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Angelina Panettieri, Legislative Manager, Information Technology and Communications, National League of Cities
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

Our special guest, Angelina Panettieri from National League of Cities, brought us the latest on the negotiations going on in Washington, D.C. regarding the next COVID-19 relief package. We also covered some local issues, including the next state revenue estimating conference.

Identifying the Barriers to Equity: Understanding the Local Impacts of the Criminal Justice System

Identifying the Barriers to Equity: Understanding the Local Impacts of the Criminal Justice System

August 7, 2020
Host: 
Emily Kieliszewski, Member Programs Lead, Michigan Municipal League
 
Guests:  
Erin Keith, Geoffrey Leonard, and Rubina Mustafa, Staff Attorneys, Detroit Justice Center
 
In this discussion with legal staff from the Detroit Justice Center, we explore the broader impact of our criminal justice system in the racial and economic inequities present in our local communities - and the role of local governments in making change. The presenters use their recent report on traffic enforcement practices, “Highway Robbery,” as an example of how our familiar police and court activities criminalize poverty, pushing a disproportionate number of Black Michiganders into the jail system. We discuss how this intersects with our broken municipal finance system, and what actions leaders can take locally—through their own policies, through partnerships with their courts, and through advocacy for state-level reforms. 
Connecting Residents to Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program

Connecting Residents to Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program

August 6, 2020

Host: Emily Kieliszewski, Member Programs Lead

Guests:
Jim Schaafsma, Housing Law Attorney, Michigan Poverty Law Program
Kelly Rose, Chief Housing Solutions Officer, MSHDA

With the end of the state’s moratorium on evictions and the Federal supplementary unemployment benefits, many of our residents face eviction from their homes. Even before COVID-19, Michigan saw nearly 200,000 eviction filings annually—about one for every six rental households. A COVID-driven surge in evictions above this baseline could not only harm individual families but destabilize neighborhoods and erode city budgets.
 
Join this webinar to learn about a recent report on the prevalence and impacts of eviction in our communities, how local leaders can connect residents to the State of Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program, and possible local policies that can reduce evictions

 

Flint’s Monica Galloway Receives Ambassador Award

Flint’s Monica Galloway Receives Ambassador Award

August 3, 2020

The Michigan Municipal League honored Flint City Council President Monica Galloway with our Ambassador Award for exemplary service. Galloway received the recognition in conjunction with a tribute video in her honor. View the video here.

 

The Ambassador Award is given to League members who successfully complete all four levels of the League's Elected Officials Academy program. Galloway is among just a handful of leaders to complete all four levels. Read more.

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