MAC COVID-19 Update
MAC ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to properly fund counties in Phase 4 bill

Congress is now debating the details of the Phase 4 rescue bill on the corona crisis. The current version of the legislation, however, does not properly address county funding.

Specifically, the CDBG allocation formula in the Phase 4 proposal was not developed to respond to a public health crisis. If implemented, it would give a disproportionate share to cities and does not reflect the front-line response efforts being led, and paid for, by county governments.

In support of NACo's efforts on Capitol Hill, MAC urges all county leaders to send an email to their members of Congress that details how the bill can be fixed to ensure proper county funding.
No word yet on fate of Executive Order on Open Meetings Act

MAC has not yet been advised by the Governor’s Office on whether a soon-to-exp Executive Order on the Open Meetings Act will be extended.

EO 2020-15 , which made exceptions to OMA requirements in response to the corona crisis, is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 15. Several counties have reached out in recent days as to what comes next. Unfortunately, MAC had nothing new to report as of 4 p.m. today.

As soon as that changes, MAC will advise members.

MAC president tapes video message for members

MAC President Veronica Klinefelt taped a special video message for members which is now available on the MAC website.

In the brief message, Klinefelt, of Macomb County, detailed the many changes MAC members have seen in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis and mentioned how she hoped to keep in touch with members using virtual avenues.

Conference update: Water contamination workshop canceled

Registration continues for the free webinars MAC is putting on in lieu of the physical 2020 Legislative Conference this year.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel one planned event, a workshop on water contamination, due to a schedule conflict with the planned presenter.

Please visit the conference page for all details on registering for events. You must register for each event you wish to attend. All these events are free of charge.

Few furlough, layoff decisions made – for now

Few of Michigan’s counties have adopted layoffs or furloughs in response to the COVID-19 crisis, according to survey responses gathered by MAC last week . However, many responding counties did say they would be re-evaluating their options if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the “Stay at Home” executive order to the end of April, which she did late last week.

MAC will be in touch again with administrators at the end of the week to update the survey results.

State seeks feedback on cash flow ideas

The Michigan Finance Authority (MFA), which provides effective, low-cost options for financing to municipalities, is looking for possibilities to assist local governments that might need to access cash due to declining revenues during the current state of emergency. It wants to determine if there is interest in a statewide pool of tax anticipation notes to provide near term cash flow for participants.

The program would be offered through the Local Government Loan Program. MFA seeks feedback on or before May 1, 2020. Convey your interest and cash flow needs for May-October to TreasMFA@michigan.gov . For more information on MFA, click here.

Save the date: Treasury sets webinar on April 20

The Michigan Department of Treasury, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties, the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Townships Association, will hold a joint webinar, COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments, on April 20 at 2 p.m.

Topics will include local government economic impacts, state resources, and federal funding information. Additionally, there will be a question and answer period. Please submit your questions to Deena Bosworth at bosworth@micounties.org by Thursday, April 16. More information regarding how to register for the webinar will be released soon.

MAC adds ‘heat map’ to website for county-by-county data

Working with our partners at the data firm Munetrix, MAC has installed an interactive “heat map” of the state showing COVID-19 data by county. In addition to the number of cases and deaths, the map will show cases per 100,000 residents.

Munetrix has offered to share the embed code for this map with our county members for their websites. If you wish to receive the code, send the request to melot@micounties.org.

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