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Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith clarifies his stance on Emergency Financial Managers

Yesterday, Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith dropped by the site and left a few comments, as he’s known to do on occasion. Well, one of those comments, which pertained to Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager law, drew quite a bit of criticism, and, to his credit, Smith came back this evening and responded to it. Here, […]

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Who will fight for Michigan’s struggling cities, like Ypsilanti, against the Snyder budget?

As we’ve discussed here in the past, the budget put forward by our new Governor, Rick Snyder, would appear to put a disproportionate amount of the burden on aging, urban communities, like Ypsilanti. Here are just a few of the ways that Ypsilanti will be impacted by the new budget if it is ratified. • First, […]

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If you support rail in Michigan, pick up the phone Tuesday morning and make a call

Tomorrow, Michigan proponents for rail, like myself, are being encouraged to pick up their phones and call Michigan Senate Majority Leader Michael Bishop, urging him to call a vote on the $35 million in matching funds necessary if we’re to claim the $161 million federal rail grant we recently became eligible for. Here, with the […]

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Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter rail line scaled back almost to the point of non-existence

Remember how Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm proclaimed that she’d be riding the Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter line by the end of her term this fall? Well, it looks as though that might not happen. Ypsi City Council member Pete Murdock just sent me a note, letting me know that the Detroit-Ann Arbor rail project has been […]

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Bye, Murph

For his years of loyal service to this great City of ours, I’d like to thank city planner Richard Murphy for a job well done. For those of you that might not have heard the news, Murph yesterday accepted a position working for Conan Smith, doing transportation/transit and transit-oriented development policy research and regional advocacy […]

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