Published on April 1, 2018
This paper is intended to provide a general overview of key budgetary issues that incoming elected officials can expect to and should be prepared to tackle in the coming years.
Published on March 7, 2018
This is paper one in the ongoing Michigan at a Crossroad Series. The purpose of this policy brief is to provide a concise summary of some of the most important features of the tax system in Michigan, along with a brief guide to some policy proposals.
Published on November 1, 2017
This report provides the Michigan Constitution language and stated purpose of the Headlee and Proposal A amendments. The 2016 revenue loss due to both provisions is presented for each county.
Published on October 27, 2017
Bill Anderson and Jeff Nutting of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments talk about how their organization uses data to inform local governments and help inform long-term planning.
Published on September 26, 2017
Bill Anderson and Jeff Nutting from Southeast Michigan Council of Governments discuss how SEMCOG uses big data to inform long-term decision-making.
Published on June 19, 2017
Using audit reports and F-65 reports from the Department of Treasury, this report identifies Michigan cities that may be service insolvent, or on the verge of being unable to provide fundamental services to their residents.
Published on May 10, 2017
The paper outlines the four versions of local emergency manager law, and discusses pros and cons of PA 436 of 2012. It outlines four major alternatives to the way Michigan addresses local financial emergencies.
Published on May 8, 2017
The proposed new county revenue sharing formula levels the playing field between low and high taxable value property counties, accounts for tax effort and adjusts payments annually for inflation.