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  • The Suspension of the Emergency Manager Law and its Implications

    Published on August 14, 2012
    This FAQ document will outline many of the questions, identify some sources of guidance during this period of confusion, and will serve as a platform for better understanding the challenges in addressing local government financial crises.

  • The City of Detroit's New Revenue Forecasting Process and Multi-Year Budget

    Published on June 12, 2012
    This FAQ outlines the City of Detroit's decision to adopt multi-year budgeting, which also serves as the city's official deficit-elimination plan.

  • City of Detroit: FY 2013 Budget

    Published on June 12, 2012
    This FAQ explores issues related to the City of Detroit's Fiscal Year 2013 budget, including those issues that directly affect residents and taxpayers.

  • City of Detroit Financial Stability Agreement

    Published on May 19, 2012
    This FAQ outlines the Detroit Consent Agreement including what a consent agreement is, Public Act 4, the Financial Advisory Board, the revenue conference, and compares Detroit’s with New York City and Philadelphia.

  • A Proposed City of Detroit Consent Agreement and Public Act 4 of 2011

    Published on May 19, 2012
    This FAQ was developed before the official Detroit Consent Agreement was drafted. It deals with legality issues surrounding Public Act 4, which gave the state authority to conduct a financial review of the City of Detroit's finances.

  • Chapter 9: Municipal Bankruptcy

    Published on May 9, 2012
    Introduction to Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, including eligibility, requirements, creditor negotiation tests, the plan of adjustment, Chapter 9 vs. Chapter 11 and the advantages and disadvantages of filing for Chapter 9.

  • The Lansing-East Lansing Metro Region Fiscal Scorecard

    Published on May 9, 2012
    This report analyzes the efficiency of the local governments in the Lansing-East Lansing metro region by comparing them to the governments in other similar metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) throughout the United States.

  • Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Infrastructure

    The Council of State Governments analyzed the infrastructure funding available in the American Rescue Plan to create this resource. For this analysis, "infrastructure funding" includes transportation, water, sewer, and broadband systems.

  • Are We Building Back Better?

    “Are we building back better?” the answer is: not yet. Early findings suggest that global green spending is incommensurate with the scale of ongoing environmental crises and that associated economic and social gains are not being fully captured.

  • Proposal A and Headlee Rollback Talking Points

    Proposal A and the Headlee Rollback provisions explained. These talking points highlight issues of concern with each provision and offers solutions for consideration.

  • Social Infrastructure and Public Spaces

    This article makes an argument for the study of social infrastructure. Research that has grappled with the value and critical contribution of places like libraries, parks, sports facilities, schools, and community centers play in making a good city.