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The Turn the Corner PlacePlan is the result of months of work in the community (and WITH the community) to draft a blueprint for progress in a key area within the historic district of the city of 11,600 people. http://bit.ly/1UKKu9r
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Local government has had approximately $7.5 billion in revenue sharing diverted from the delivery of local services by the State of Michigan. Take a minute to find out how your community has been affected by using our diverted revenue sharing lookup tool. http://www.savemicity.org/search/
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The League believes that at the heart of great places are strong cities. Across the country, cities account for over 80 percent of GDP, but in Michigan we have failed to invest in this vital resource. http://www.savemicity.org/
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Our system attempts to balance budgets by only addressing the cost side of the equation. We have no mechanism to invest in our cities as a way of improving the financial well-being of a community. http://on.freep.com/1Mj4rkE
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So here is a clearer picture of how poor decisions were made in Flint- 1) a once mighty city falls on hard times; 2) the state unilaterally obliterates its only remaining steady revenue option; 3) the state appoints an emergency manager to balance the books, apparently at any costs, and; 4) harmful decisions happen. http://bit.ly/1ptVxql
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This newfound disaster should serve as a wakeup call that Lansing isn’t going to save Michigan – it has proven time and time again that it’s incapable of doing so. http://bit.ly/1Qk5oVi
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A smarter approach to transit likely would be to spend $1 billion on a light rail that would stretch along Woodward from the city into the suburbs, or bus rapid-transit. It would also incentivize more concentration in urban areas with policies like walkable developments and bike lanes. http://on.freep.com/1PA80RN
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The result of this policy impacts public safety, quality-of-life and economic competitiveness everywhere in Michigan. The state is, after all, a collection of its unique places- no better, no worse. We can do a lot better. http://bit.ly/1U3rPEh
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“Place needs business. Business needs talent. Talent wants place.” http://bit.ly/1m8MPw7
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This is the story for cities all over Michigan — and it will continue to be, until Lansing rethinks the way we fund local governments, and the services they provide. http://on.freep.com/1NfOnuP
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