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MTA's 2020 Capital Conference a success

2020 Capital ConferenceLt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II addressed more than 100 township officials from across the state who gathered in Lansing on Feb. 26 for MTA's 2020 Capital Conference. The lieutenant governor emphasized to attendees the importance of townships and the hope of the governor to strengthen the relationship between local units of government and the state. "I want to thank you for your leadership roles that you play that are critical to the vitality and the vibrance of communities across the state of Michigan," Gilchrist said. "We value the dialogue, the collaboration, the partnership, and the opportunities to find more ways to work together and invest in one another." The Capital Conference provides an opportunity for attendees--who traveled from as far as Gogebic County to attend the annual event--to learn firsthand about pending legislation that could impact townships and their residents. It also is a chance for officials to speak directly to their legislators on legislation and tell their township's story. Attendees were able to meet with state legislators or a member of their staff over lunch. Throughout the day-long event, township officials heard from state experts and MTA staff on a wide variety of topics, including local preemption, tax and election legislation, high water and erosion issues, and marijuana regulations. The afternoon concluded with a legislative panel, allowing attendees to hear from the chairs and minority vice chairs on the House and Senate committees that handle transportation legislation--Sens. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) and Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), and Reps. Jack O'Malley (R-Almira Twp.) and Tim Sneller (D-Burton)--on challenges they face, possible road funding options and the likelihood of any reform in 2020.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact MTA’s Government Relations Department at 517-321-6467 or michelle@michigantownships.org.