Published on July 28, 2021
This guide is a manual that provides information about water resource management, service, infrastructure and planning. It helps you identify important strategies and actions for you and your community to take today.
Published on June 24, 2021
US Treasury guidance providing details and clarification for each recipient’s compliance and reporting responsibilities under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Published on February 19, 2021
Should Ecorse, Hamtramck, and Highland Park approach the brink of insolvency in the future, the State should consider responding not by canceling local democracy, but by requiring that a vote be held on dissolution and consolidation into Detroit.
Assessing Existing Local Government Fiscal Early Warning System through Four State Case Studies: Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania
Published on December 20, 2020
This report presents detailed explanations, tradeoffs and outcomes of four existing ratio indicator systems. We assert that there is no one optimal system, only the right system based on the perceived needs of policymakers in that particular location.
Published on December 8, 2020
The onset of a major pandemic-induced recession has presented a second wave of fiscal problems for local governments. State and local governments are seeking out new tools to assess fiscal risk and vulnerability and to chart new options moving forward.
Pennsylvania Offers A Curious Case To Explore Alternatives To Early Warning Systems And State Intervention: Can Michigan Keep Its Horses From Wandering Off?
Published on May 5, 2020
The purpose of this report is to apply the Early Warning System (EWS) used by Pennsylvania with Michigan local government financial and socioeconomic data, as a way to assess potential fiscal distress that cities, townships, and counties may experience.
Systems Framework for Meeting Local Government Service Solvency Standards: Case Study of the City of Flint, Michigan
Published on April 17, 2020
This white paper is a review of the financial and service challenges, issues and conditions facing the city government of Flint, Michigan as of 2019.
Published on April 13, 2020
Example pubic notice for an online local government meeting.
Flint Community Schools: Fiscal and Service Solvency: MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy White Paper
Published on February 3, 2020
This white paper proposes that the ability of Flint Public Schools to meet adequacy standards is severely constrained and it seems unlikely this will change under the current policy structure.
Published on January 1, 2020
Legacy costs have imposed challenges on local governments in Michigan. The lack of funding for retirement benefits, including pension and other postemployment benefits (OPEB) such as healthcare, affects the wellbeing of public employees.
Published on August 1, 2019
Revised and updated by public policy experts with Michigan State University Extension
Published on December 20, 2018
The purpose of this brief is to provide a tour of the current financial and service landscape of local governments in Michigan and discuss state policies impacting local finance.
Published on November 6, 2018
This white paper, part of the Michigan at a Crossroads policy guide, puts Michigan's labor market in context, comparing current conditions to recent laws and pre-recessionary peaks.
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.
A new approach to evaluating the fiscal health of Michigan local governments: Comparing fiscal performance relative to available resources
Published on June 1, 2018
The purpose of this report is to develop a scoring system for Michigan local governments that accurately reflects their fiscal condition.
Published on May 30, 2018
MSU Extension gathered stakeholder feedback on the feasibility of possible alternatives to PA 436 of 2012 to determine which alternatives have the most support within the group.
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 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.