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City Hits Brakes on Parking – Chamber Gives House an A

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Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington issued a moratorium on staff-initiated parking and rate changes yesterday. Nearly 4000 individuals submitted their feedback to the recent public comment period on four recommendations.

In a request for feedback from our members, the Chamber received overwhelming concern, particularly from restaurants and retailers who felt their customers and employees would be negatively impacted by the increased enforcement of on-street metered parking.

In his memo, the City Manager stated that he wants to be “very thoughtful and deliberate about our mobility strategies as we contemplate future solutions” and that the moratorium will allow him to align work with Mobile GR and Parking Services in preparation of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

At the state level, the Chamber gives the Michigan House of Representatives an A as HB 5526 was voted off the floor this week and heads to the Senate.

HB 5526 would create an A-F accountability system for all public schools, with schools being graded on five key factors and two indicators. The House-passed version dissolves the previously created Education Accountability Commission and places the responsibility of creating and maintaining the system in the hands of Michigan’s Department of Education. The Chamber will continue to advocate for this legislation that will increase student outcomes.

Questions?

On A-F, contact Alexa Kramer at 616.771.0311 or kramera@grandrapids.org

On the parking moratorium, contact Josh Lunger at 616.771.0336 or lungerj@grandrapids.org

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