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Re: SG-W:/ Local Control

Don't we already have home rule? It should be a good thing, but what happens 
here is that folks who are not prepared or qualified get gulled by 
developers. Umm, I guess I want home rule if I'M running things, but not if 
the current people are! Tina

>From: "Jennie Breuninger" <breuninger@fbwebmaster.com>
>To: <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
>Subject: SG-W:/ Local Control
>Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 14:44:00 -0700
>There seems to be a general sense that local governments have lost any real 
>ability to control how growth occurs at the township level.  The Michigan 
>Municipal League is trying to get an initiative on the ballot (they are 
>gathering signatures now) that would allow people to vote on whether they 
>want "home rule" to exist at the township level.  If we are all concerned 
>about the lack of control, isn't this a good place to start?  Should the 
>people on this list serve be working to get that proposal on the November 
>ballot?  The worst that could happen is that it wouldn't pass, but even 
>then it sends a message to Lansing that we feel the current weakened state 
>of local government control isn't working.
>I also find it interesting that Gov. Engler can step in to muscle 
>legislators to work towards a deregulation of power companies, but has been 
>nowhere regarding legislation for changing the way Mobile Home developers 
>do business in our State, or even supporting and "muscling" through changes 
>on the Mobile Home Commission.  This industry contributes to sprawl, allows 
>no local voice in its planning, and is unfairly taxed.  SEMCOG has been 
>studying this industry and making recommendations for 10 years, even MSU 
>has made studies and recommendations, and the Gov.'s own task force put 
>forth a study on what needs to be done to change things.  Talk about 
>shoveling sand against the tide !
>Is the MML efforts worth supporting?

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