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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.
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 December 12, 2016
While not a cure for fiscal stress, Chapter 9 is a tool that a municipality may use to reset its financial course when all other methods fail. This paper identifies several lessons learned through a simulation exercise using live case data.
Published on May 1, 2017
Michigan has more cities under state supervision than any other state, as many of our cities are suffering from fiscal stress.
Published on November 7, 2018
Part of the Michigan at a Crossroads policy guide, this is a policy brief for the incoming 2019 Michigan gubernatorial administration on issues related to water regulation.
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.
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.
Published on November 1, 2018
This white paper, part of the Michigan at a Crossroads policy guide, analyzes the importance of infrastructure investment, a history of infrastructure in the state of Michigan, and policy options for infrastructure investment.
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.
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.
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 July 10, 2012
Region is compared to four similar regions in U.S. using a series of benchmarks. Results indicate high spending on public safety, low spending on infrastructure and significant fiscal challenges for Lansing.
Published on January 21, 2015
Paper argues that Michigan should build fiscal scorecards for school districts using a number of readily available economic and environmental indicators.