Michigan State Government and Public Real Estate News

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after a federal aid package for Flint was included in the Water Resources Development Act
Sandra Pearson, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Michigan, was named this year’s Duvernay Award winner at the Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC). Pearson was honored during a luncheon awards ceremony at the conference, which began Monday and wraps up Wednesday at the Lansing Center
Earth Day is an annual opportunity for the nation to focus on the environment, and a perfect time to look at some of the innovative ways that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is working to make our transportation system more sustainable.
Gov. Rick Snyder today signed an executive order that will help provide more local input to the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee. Executive Order 2016-8 adds one member to the Coordinating Committee who will be from the city of Flint, recommended by the Flint City Council and appointed by the governor.
Congressman John Moolenaar has introduced the Safe Water and Nutrition Access Act (H.R. 5013), to provide Flint and communities across the country with water infrastructure and nutrition assistance.
The water distribution system in Flint continues to slowly show improvements, but the presence of unpredictable and random lead level spikes throughout the system requires continued use of filters and additional steps to address this in the short and long term, Gov. Rick Snyder said today
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today welcomed the announcement that Michigan will receive an additional $188.1 million in Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) dollars which can be used for blight removal. Michigan will receive the most money out of the 14 states who applied for additional HHF money from the U.S. Department of Treasury in the second and final round of funding
The first meeting of the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission was held today to kick off efforts by Gov. Rick Snyder to identify long-term strategies to ensure Michigan’s infrastructure is safe and efficient now and in the future.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after criminal charges were filed against state and local officials for their role in the Flint water crisis. “Justice in the Flint water crisis is important and I support any investigation, including at the state and federal level, that are led by the facts and seek to hold those responsible accountable.
Michigan’s most successful programs for reducing foreclosure and eliminating blight will get an additional $188 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury under its Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program to further aid in economic recovery for homeowners and communities, MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer announced today.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that he filed a total of 13 felony charges and 5 misdemeanor charges against two state officials and one city official as a result of their actions in the Flint water contamination crisis currently gripping the city
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today reaffirmed the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for states across the country after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that Michigan will receive $2,468,616 to support conservation and recreation projects in local communities. The LWCF was founded 50 years ago and has preserved public lands and natural resources in nearly every county in the country. Dingell has been a leader in calling for Congress to permanently reauthorize the LWCF.
The Charrette process, identified as “Envision 8th”, is an opportunity for residents and the City to establish a vision, and ultimately, design solutions for Eighth Street, as well as surrounding land uses. The design for Eighth Street will be approached through several methods including transportation planning and engineering, streetscape design and developing regulations for building types and land uses along the street
As requested from the Flint community, Gov. Rick Snyder today spent time visiting a home that has recently tested high for lead levels through the state’s sentinel site testing program. While there he spoke with the resident about their water, the use of filters and drank filtered water with them to help show the water is safe.
Better protecting people from lead and copper in drinking water is the goal of reforms proposed today at a meeting of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee, Gov. Rick Snyder said.
Snyder signs bill lightening rental property tax burden

Also signs medication price, local government bills

LANSING, Mich. – June 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Rick Snyder today signed bipartisan legislation lessening property tax obligations for owners of rental properties.

“This bill simplifies the tax code, lightens tax burdens for rental home owners and provides improved customer service to both owners and residents,” Snyder said. more »

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