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MTA Capital Conference a success

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed more than 200 township officials from across the state at MTA's Capital Conference, held February 27 in Lansing. Whitmer gave attendees a preview of her budget proposal and said while restoration of statutory revenue sharing won't likely happen this year, it is a goal for the future. She also committed to working with townships and ensuring that the local perspective is heard. "My pledge to you is, so long as I am governor, you will have a seat at the table," she said. "I will scrutinize everything to see what the real impacts are, so that we are thoughtful and moving forward together." Township leaders traveled from as far as Houghton County to be part of the annual advocacy event, where they had the opportunity to enhance their relationships with lawmakers and learn more about current issues in Lansing impacting local government. Throughout the day-long event, township officials heard from state experts and MTA legal counsel and staff on a wide variety of topics from marijuana regulations to assessing reform. A panel of state lawmakers shared their unique perspective as former local officials--Rep. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak), Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Polkton Chtr. Twp.). Legislators also joined officials from their districts to discuss issues ranging from the "dark store" assessing issue, the erosion of local authority and decreasing revenue, as well as the need for infrastructure improvements and broadband expansion. MTA thanks all who attended the event and represented the township perspective in Lansing.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact MTA Government Relations Department at 517-321-6467 or michelle@michigantownships.org.

Why attend next year?

Be an advocate for township government

  • Learn the latest on legislative issues impacting townships
  • Interact with legislators and network with fellow township officials
  • Hear from a panel of legislative leaders and expert panelists on how the latest issues affect your community.
  • Talk face to face with officials and legislator leaders in Lansing!
  • Save the date - MTA Capital Conference, February 26, 2020!