MIRS Political Reporter Jack Spencer Interviews Dan Gilmartin and Robin Beltramini
In response to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's call for reform ideas, the Michigan Municipal League hosted a media roundtable Wednesday, Jan, 26, in our Lansing office about our reform plan. Media from nine different outlets attended the event, including reporters from the Detroit News and Free Press, MGTV, TV 6 & 10 out of Lansing; Gongwer and MIRS news services, the Associated Press. The extensive media coverage of this event shows the strong reputation the League has in the state for being on the cutting edge of ideas in moving the state forward. On Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, Governor Snyder, Michigan House Leader Jase Bolger, and the governor's chief strategist, Bill Rustem, met with the League's Board of Trustees to discuss the state budget crisis and ideas on turning Michigan around. During the news conference Wednesday, League officials presented seven different reform items we believe will save Michigan municipalities money and make them more efficient. The reforms included changes to Public Act 312, dealing with emergency service arbitration, giving local governments the authority to raise tax revenues and save money, and giving local governments the option to publish legal notices online. Speaking were League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin, Summer Minnick, MML's Director of State Affairs; and Robin Beltramini, Troy city council member, and past president of the League board. To read more about this event go here: www.mml.org/pdf/newsroom/mediaroundtable-release.pdf. To learn more about the League and what we do go to mml.org.