Local governments in Michigan will no longer be allowed to include minimum staffing requirements in their city, village or county charters. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Tuesday that prohibits local governments from adding the requirements to their charters. The law aims to ease municipalities’ financial obligations.

Minimum staffing requirements are provisions that call for a minimum number of public employees to perform certain government functions. In recent years, many local governments in the state have been unable to afford the provisions, forcing them to violate their own charters, according to Snyder’s office. "Eliminating these rigid requirements will give locally elected officials greater flexibility to determine how to allocate resources to best meet a community's needs," Snyder said in a statement.

Municipalities that already have minimum staffing requirements will not be affected by the new law. Read Snyder’s entire statement.

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