Economy Improved, but Michigan Cities Still in Crisis
Cash-strapped Flint will receive $14.4 million in state revenue-sharing payments this year - about $50,000 less than last year. While Flint's financial situation is dire, it's a microcosm of a broader and broken state revenuue-sharing system that's choking local governments. More.
'Boxed In' Documentary Explains Michigan's Dark Stores Tax Loophole
A new documentary does an outstanding job explaining the complex, devastating "Dark Stores" tax loophole issue facing Michigan communities. The film was created by Northern Michigan University professor Dwight Brady and NMU students. Watch it here. Read more.
Both League Economics of Place Books Now Available as E-Books
Both of the League's books are now available as e-books: The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People and The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities. Purchase them here.
Lansing, Are You Listening to Michigan Cities?
A UM study shows just 31% of local leaders are better able to meet their community's fiscal needs. On SaveMICity.org, the League's Anthony Minghine says, "If the right people are willing to show the courage and leadership needed to reinvent our municipal finance system ... we will thrive, not survive." More.
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