Farmland Open Space Preservation Act
In 1974, Michigan Representatives supporting tax relief gathered to witness Governor William Milliken sign the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act. Also well known as P.A. 116, the act was designed to retard urban sprawl by offering farmers tax breaks in return for keeping their land in agriculture. Pictured (left to right) are Representatives Don Van Single, Stanley Powell, Louis Cramton, Fred Stachable, Warren Armbruster, Bert Brennan, Bob Young, Bela Kennedy, Quincy Hoffman, Senate Aide Joseph Sharkey, MFB President Elton Smith, MFB Legislative Counsel Bob Smith and future governor John Engler.