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    Greater Water Rates, Deteriorating Water …

    Amber Vrooman

      Flint, Michigan is in a State of Financial Emergency. A major change that Emergency Manager Darnell Earley made in April of 2014 was the transition of Flint’s drinking water source. The water is now being drawn from the Flint River until a new pipeline is finished in 2016. Previously, the city ...

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    Governor's Dilemma: The Detroit Financia …

    Shay Shahid

    Since the beginning of 2013, Detroit has been under media scrutiny more than normal due to its increasing unstable financial situation. Recently, the city's largest union (AFSCME -American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bing's administration alleging "unfair labor practices" of furloughs on its ...

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    Public Act 4 Repealed- What Next?

    John Joyce

    On Election Day, voters in Michigan successfully repealed Public Act 4 by voting "No" on Proposal 1. This caused confusion over whether or not this meant Public Act 72 (the original form of the Act) was also repealed. In the end however, it looks like the decision has been made that ...

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    Emergency Manager Law Referendum

    John Joyce

    This coming election, voters in Michigan will have the chance to decide the fate of an important law that has affected the lives of many of the state's residents. This is an important part of the democratic process and its use here gives a substantial amount of power to the voters. ...

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    Commentary: Deficit Elimination Plans

    Evan Gross

    As part of the State Revenue Sharing Act, Public Act 140 of 1971 (as amended), each city ending the year with a deficit must submit a Deficit Elimination Plan (DEP) to the Treasury Department detailing a plan of action to correct the condition and bring the local unit’s finances back on ...

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    Michigan: A State of Home Rule, Local Au …

    Evan Gross

    As cities around the country show more signs of fiscal distress from years of economic downturn, and municipal bankruptcies become more common, Michiganders are paying much greater attention to our state’s policies for dealing with municipal fiscal stress. The extreme case of a local financial emergency in which an ...

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    What do Cities Think about Snyder's Cons …

    Peter Croce

    Governor Snyder has released plans for encouraging local government consolidation in Michigan (see my previous article). The proposals paint a rosy picture, but are the cities as excited as the governor for these new plans?

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    Snyder's Urban Agenda May Face Reality C …

    Michael Raley

    Governor-elect Rick Snyder ran a campaign that included as one of its primary components a strong urban agenda.  Now that he will be assuming the state's highest office come January, he will have a chance to make good on his promise to restore Michigan's urban core-namely the city of Detroit.  As ...

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    Ban the Box?

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    Its mission is brought up with only the best intentions, but many Michiganders are not feeling the same way. The proposal is simply titled "Ban the Box." Introduced earlier this month, Detroit's City Council has been laboring trying to draft up proposals to improve life on the outside for convicted felons. ...

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    Proposed Changes to Building Demolition …

    Steve Saxe

    On February 4th, 2009, a bill that would alter different pieces of the Michigan Housing Code was introduced. House Bill 4142 would establish a variety a standards for determining whether or not a building was dangerous and needed to be repaired or demolished. It also established various safety and ...

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    Proposed Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Ex …

    Craig Dulman

    House Bill 5567 was introduced on November 3, 2009, by State Representatives Woodrow Stanley, Robert Jones, Coleman Young, Richard Hammel, Lee Gonzales, Jim Slezak, Gabe Leland, David Nathan, Bettie Scott, Timothy Bledsoe, Mark Meadows and Bert Johnson and referred to the Committee on Urban Policy. House Bill 5567 aims to amend ...

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    Renaissance Zone Act Amendments Would Re …

    Nick Quigley

    2010 Senate Bill 1092, introduced by Senator Ron Jelinik (R) on January 27, 2010, and passed by the Senate on February 11 (25-12-1), aims to amend the Michigan Renaissance Zone Act to provide for a prorated formula for reducing state reimbursements to localities in a Renaissance Zone. A Renaissance Zone is ...

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    Kildee May Bring Urban Development to Fo …

    Steve Saxe

    Former Genesee County treasurer Dan Kildee let it be known Friday, January 22nd that he was seriously considering joining the race for governor. Now that Lt. Governor John Cherry has withdrawn from the race, Kildee said he will make up his mind on whether or not to run within 30 ...

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    $1.1 Million Fair Housing Grant from HUD

    P. Pamela Davies

    According to the Grand Rapids Press, five Michigan fair housing agencies will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to combat housing discrimination: The Fair Housing Centers of West Michigan, Southwest Michigan PEI, Metropolitan Detroit, Southeastern Michigan, and the Legal Services of Eastern Michigan (mlive.com). ...

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    Amidst deficit and fraud, Detroit to tig …

    Nick Quigley

    The City of Detroit, facing a $300 million budget deficit this year, is looking to strengthen rules for homeowners seeking poverty exemptions on their property taxes. After uncovering dozens of instances of taxpayers receiving exemptions despite not meeting the income requirements, a police investigation was launched, as was a review and ...

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    M.O.S.E.S. Supermarket Task force brings …

    Taylor Parker

      M.O.S.E.S. Supermarket Taskforce is a community-based organization with the goal of creating community run grocery stores for inner city areas of Detroit  that will provide healthy, inexpensive, and quality products for many residents. These are intended to help those residents who live too far from grocery stores to shop and are ...

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    State Legislature Passes Cobo Center Exp …

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    On Thursday, July 2nd, Governor Granholm signed a bill authorizing the expansion of the Cobo Center to keep the North American International Auto Show in Detroit; the bill is now waiting on the approval of Detroit’s Mayor Dave Bing to approve the expansion deal.

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    Great Lakes Urban Exchange Working for M …

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    GLUE, or the Great Lakes Urban exchange, is an online community of people from all different backgrounds, from environmentalists, to students, to entrepreneurs. They are committed to the positive transformation, aid in power, and addressing and conquering problems faced by industrial cites in the great lake region, including three Michigan cites: ...

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    President Obama's Plan for High-Speed Ra …

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      Sourch-speed rail is an inner-city train service that President Barack Obama hopes to implement in the near future. Its purpose is to allow travelers the ability to ride a train from major city to major city at speeds toppling over 100 miles per hours, eliminating the hassles associated with flying, such ...

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