Funding Squeeze Could Prompt Proposal A Update
The League's Dan Gilmartin has a warning for Michigan's policymakers: The way the state funds its cities is squeezing them dry. Gilmartin says that local governments across the state need to do a better job at sharing services and cutting costs. But cities also are limited in how much money they can bring in, even if residents were willing to tax themselves more - and that is something Lansing has to fix. Gilmartin and other leaders are proposing an update to Proposal A, the voter-approved 1994 Michigan constitutional amendment that caps property tax increases.. Read more.
League Testifies on Need to Restore Revenue Sharing
On Feb. 21, the House Appropriations subcommittee began considering Gov. Snyder's budget recommendation for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The hearing centered on revenue sharing and the League shared our position that it's critiical to include additional funding for revenue sharing above the Governor's recommendation. Read more.