The League’s message that Michigan’s system to fund municipalities needs a major fix was the topic of two events at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference on May 31 and June 1.
Sponsored by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the League held a standing-room-only panel on May 31 at the conference featuring League President and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, the League’s Tony Minghine and Michigan State University municipal finance expert Joshua Sapotichne. Mott Foundation President Ridgway White introduced the panel and Crain’s Detroit Business Publisher and Editor Ron Fournier moderated.
Business leaders, lawmakers, foundation representatives and others heard the overarching message that Michigan’s municipal finance system is broken. If we want a thriving Michigan, panelists said, we need to invest in vibrant communities around the state.
A second event on June 1 – this time a more informal reception – gave League staff an opportunity to engage legislative leaders, partners and members on the urgency of giving cities the ability to have their revenues track with the economy. More than 60 people attended.
Stay tuned for updates on a continued partnership with the Mott Foundation to spread our message.
For more information and links to media coverage, visit SaveMICity.org.