Michigan Municipal Leauge Review Magazine March/April 2023

How bills move through each chamber also is expected to change under Democratic control compared to past legislative sessions. Senate Appropriations Chair Sarah Anthony explained to Gongwer News Service that she plans to give subcommittee chairs a more active role compared to what lawmakers described as a centralized, top-down approach to policymaking in previous years. “We want to ensure that this is an inclusive process, and that it’s pretty transparent, but also working under the auspices of trying to get the budget done in June, so that folks have a predictability on the local level,” Anthony said to Gongwer . “These won’t be symbolic hearings; this will be working subcommittees that I think are going to be deputized to do a lot more.” Of course, it is still the early days of the 2023-2024 legislative session and there will be many tests ahead. The team at the League will be closely monitoring activity inside the State Capitol as issues develop. Kamryn Johnson .is an assistant communications strategist at communications firm Martin Waymire. You may contact him at 517.485.6600 or kjohnson@martinwaymire.com.

Michigan Municipal League State and Federal Affairs Director John LaMacchia notes that securing funding priorities was a key success for advancing the League’s policy goals and that his team would be looking to build upon that success this year. “Our work with the Coalition for a Strong and Prosperous Michigan (CSPM) helped to align a large and broad-based group of organizations on investing the state’s federal stimulus dollars on key priorities like infrastructure, housing, broadband expansion, and more,” said LaMacchia. “The coalition was able to achieve many of its funding goals last year, and we will continue to work diligently with our CSPM colleagues to identify areas of common interest so that we can advance a proactive policy agenda on behalf of our members.”


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