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Michigan Cities and Michigan Cannot Thrive Without Major Changes in Our System of Financing Local Governments
Published on May 25, 2018
Local government finances are primarily driven by property value growth and state revenue payments. Cities with TV per capita below $20,000 are likely to experience financial problems, particularly in a recession.
Published on December 1, 2016
Michigan counties have very limited revenue options other than the property tax. Additional revenue options provided to counties include general sales tax, motor fuel tax, alcohol, and tobacco tax.
Proposal A and the Headlee Rollback provisions explained. These talking points highlight issues of concern with each provision and offers solutions for consideration.
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 September 1, 2018
Over the past eight years, the state’s economy has seen significant improvements. Even with these increases, there remain significant concerns regarding funding for key public policy priorities in the state.
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 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 April 12, 2018
Act 345 of 1937 authorizes the creation of an Act 345 millage and funding source to fund police and firefighter pensions. An Act 345 millage is not restricted by the Headlee Amendment.
Published on May 23, 2017
The Fire Fighters and Police Officers Retirement Act (Act 345 of 1937) allows for a retirement plan for police officers and firefighters and also authorizes a funding source. What is Act 345, what does it do, and why does it matter?