by CYNTHIA KMETT
On March 22nd the Michigan Municipal League (MML) named State Senator Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) their ‘Legislator of the Year.’ Nine days later, on March 31st, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) presented Knollenberg with its highest honor, the ‘Regional Ambassador Award.’
Knollenberg is the author of multiple bipartisan bills to provide local governments with state regulatory relief, and to give them greater flexibility in investing certain municipal perpetual funds.
Knollenberg’s bills will save local governments and, by extension, taxpayers tens of millions of dollars by 2025. Troy is projected to save upwards of $10 million; Royal Oak, $4 million; and Madison Heights, $4 million, to name just a few communities.
Knollenberg represents the 13th Senate District, which includes the cities of Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Troy. Knollenberg was presented his award by former League President Robin Beltramini, a past member of the Troy City Council.
“Senator Knollenberg is always open to addressing the Michigan Municipal League’s questions or concerns,” Beltramini said. “His dogged pursuit of legislation to protect communities in his district and elsewhere by eliminating the majority of the local cost share requirement for MDOT projects was signed by the Governor in December. We thank him for all of his work on behalf of cities and villages across Michigan.”
Beltramini explained that the local MDOT match was crippling cities like Troy and Royal Oak.
“These bills had bipartisan, near unanimous support. This demonstrates that Republicans and Democrats can work together to solve the challenges facing our communities,” Knollenberg said.
“I will continue working with my local governments to get results for our constituents.”
Knollenberg, a six-year veteran of the Michigan House of Representatives and now a first-term senator, is chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee’s Transportation and Corrections Appropriations subcommittees. He is vice-chairman of the Education Committee and a member of the Finance and Regulatory Reform committees.
Knollenberg, a Troy resident, has been an activist and leader in Oakland County for decades, volunteering with area organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Troy, the Deaf Community Action Network Board, the Troy Community Coalition and the Troy Prayer Breakfast Committee.