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Economics of Place - Community Investment - Episode 11

Economics of Place - Community Investment - Episode 11

September 12, 2019

Host:
Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
Melissa Milton-Pung, Program Manager, Policy Research Labs, Michigan Municipal League

League CEO Dan Gilmartin sits down with Program Manager Melissa Milton-Pung to highlight community investment vehicles available to small investors who want to make a difference in their community. Many people are familiar with donation-based crowdfunding, such as the Public Spaces, Community Places program where the Michigan Economic Development Corporation matches donations raised by the community for a public quality of life project. To date, over 200 projects have successfully raised funds through this program. Another vehicle is investment crowdfunding, wherein investors get a return on their investment, possibly with interest. Detroit City Football Club and the Tecumseh Brewing Company are two organizations that have benefited from investment crowdfunding. For more information on both types of community investment, visit http://www.crowdfundingmi.com/

Monday Morning Live - Road Funding, Budget, Convention - Episode 7

Monday Morning Live - Road Funding, Budget, Convention - Episode 7

September 5, 2019

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

Guests:
Chris Hackbarth, Director of State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Katie Jones, Events Manager, Michigan Municipal League

What's going on with the road funding debate in Michigan? And what can we expect at the League's Convention later this month? These two questions were the focus of the special Tuesday edition of Monday Morning Live. The League's Matt Bach chatted with Chris Hackbarth about the latest discussions on roads in Lansing and then with MML events manager Katie Jones about our 2019 Convention happening in Detroit, Sept. 25-27. Get all the Lansing-related news on our Inside 208 blog (http://blogs.mml.org/wp/inside208/) and get the details and register for Convention at http://blogs.mml.org/wp/events/.

 

SaveMICity - Debra Horner on U-M annual public policy survey - Episode 15

SaveMICity - Debra Horner on U-M annual public policy survey - Episode 15

August 28, 2019

Host:
Tony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
Debra Horner, Project Manager, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

On this episode, the League's Tony Minghine talks with U-M's Debra Horner, who heads up the annual public policy survey conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). For the past 10 years, CLOSUP has been surveying Michigan's cities, villages, townships, and counties on a variety of topics, including fiscal health, poverty, energy, opioids, and - most recently - relationships on their councils and boards. Based on the survey results, they compile a variety of reports to help municipalities in their policy-making decisions. The data is also available online at http://closup.umich.edu/

Monday Morning Live - Headlee lawsuit and building dept. fees lawsuit - Episode 11

Monday Morning Live - Headlee lawsuit and building dept. fees lawsuit - Episode 11

August 22, 2019

Host:
Anthony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
Christopher Johnson, General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League

On this episode of Monday Morning Live, we discussed two recent court rulings that impact local government. In the Headlee lawsuit brought against the State by Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the state has ignored its responsibility for reimbursing communities for mandates it has issued since 1979. In another case brought against the city of Troy, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that building inspection fees must reasonably relate to the costs of services provided by a municipality's building department. Listen in and find out how these decisions could affect your community.

 

Limelight - Matt Resch, Successful ballot proposals - Episode 9

Limelight - Matt Resch, Successful ballot proposals - Episode 9

August 14, 2019

Host:
Emily Kieliszewski, Membership Engagement Specialist, Michigan Municipal League

Guest:
Matt Resch, Founder, Resch Strategies

In August 2018, Michigan saw overwhelming success with hundreds of proposals on local ballots. Of the 847 local proposals Michigan residents voted on, 808 - or 89% - were approved. Michigan residents stepped up to invest in local services. But what makes – or breaks – a local ballot proposal? As more communities explore revenue-generating options, a successful proposal requires significant groundwork, including smart messaging and voter engagement. On this episode of Limelight, Matt Resch, founder of Resch Strategies - a communications, public relations, and issue management firm - shares his on-the-ground expertise. 

Monday Morning Live - PFAS, lead & copper court case, CEA finalists - Episode 10

Monday Morning Live - PFAS, lead & copper court case, CEA finalists - Episode 10

August 7, 2019

Host:
Emily Kieliszewski, Membership Engagement Specialist, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Herasanna Richards, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

On this episode of Monday Morning Live, our team discussed the new PFAS health-based values and the process of gathering input from stakeholders. They also talked about the recent dismissal of the lead and copper rules lawsuit and what that means for communities. And finally, they highlighted the four finalists in our annual Community Excellence Award competition - Bay City, Dearborn, Madison Heights, and Mason. More information on the finalists is available at http://cea.mml.org/vote

Monday Morning Live - Marijuana Emergency Rules, Short-term Rentals - Episode 9

Monday Morning Live - Marijuana Emergency Rules, Short-term Rentals - Episode 9

July 31, 2019

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

Guest:
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

On this episode, the League's Jennifer Rigterink dove into Michigan's recently released emergency rules for adult-use/recreational marijuana. These rules should help communities decide if they want to opt in or out of recreational marijuana establishments. She also discussed some national trends facing state leagues and the latest on the short-term rental issue. For more information on recreational and medical marijuana, visit the League's Marijuana in Michigan web page.

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Andrew Brisbo, Exec Dir of Marijuana Regulatory Agency - Episode 19

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Andrew Brisbo, Exec Dir of Marijuana Regulatory Agency - Episode 19

July 25, 2019

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

Guests:

Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director, Marijuana Regulatory Agency
Christopher Johnson, General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

Michigan recently released the emergency rules for adult use/recreational marijuana. In this episode, we talk with Andrew Brisbo, head of the state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency, about some of the specifics and the fast-approaching deadline for communities to opt in or out of permitting recreational marijuana establishments.

SaveMICity - Tony Minghine interview on Craig Fahle Show - Episode 14

SaveMICity - Tony Minghine interview on Craig Fahle Show - Episode 14

July 17, 2019

Host: 
Craig Fahle

Guest:
Tony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League

The League's Tony Minghine appeared on The Craig Fahle Show on Deadline Detroit to discuss municipal finance, our SaveMICity initiative, and our advocacy for major changes in how Michigan funds cities, villages, and townships. Listen to this great interview!

Monday Morning Live - Marijuana Emergency Rules, PFAS, More - Episode 8

Monday Morning Live - Marijuana Emergency Rules, PFAS, More - Episode 8

July 10, 2019

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

Guests:
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Herasanna Richards, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

Michigan's new Adult-Use Marijuana Emergency Rules were the big topic of conversation. Now that the rules are available, what does that mean for your community? The team also discussed PFAS and the recommended health-based values, short-term rentals, road funding, and more.