What does thrive local mean?
It means having a safe community, a community that is thriving both economically and culturally and a community that is being run efficiently and effectively.
The MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy was created to help communities reach these goals. Launched in fall 2015, the Center works directly with communities to improve their fiscal health and help them thrive. The Center brings the experience and expertise of municipal finance professionals in both MSU Extension and MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics together to deliver the latest applied research, tools and best practices to Michigan communities.
Recent Policy Papers:
- A new approach to evaluating the fiscal health of Michigan local governments: Comparing fiscal performance relative to available resources (6/2018)
- Michigan Cities and Michigan Cannot Thrive Without Major Changes in Our System of Financing Local Governments
- Michigan's Local Financial Emergency Manager Law: Considering the Alternatives
- Michigan Tax Policy for the Incoming 2019 Gubernatorial Administration
- Proposal A and Headlee Rollback Talking Points
- “Headlee and Proposal A” Explained for Michigan Counties
- Reasons and Risks: Pension Obligation Bonding in Michigan
- Service Solvency: An Analysis of the Ability of Michigan Cities to Provide Adequate Public Service (9/2017)
- A Review of Michigan’s Local Financial Emergency Law (4/2017)
- County Revenue Sharing Program: A proposal for a New Formula (5/2017)
- County Revenue Options (11/2016)
- Legacy Costs Facing Michigan Municipalities (1/2016)
Michigan County Economic Data
Description of Michigan County Economic and Fiscal Indicators (Report) (PowerPoint)
The report and PowerPoint include economic, demographic and fiscal data for Michigan’s 83 counties. The data is the latest available as of June 2017, in most cases 2016 data.
For more information about the center, or how it can work with your community to improve its fiscal health, please contact Associate Director Mary Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 355-2160.