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Jackson, and County, Feel 15-Year Pinch of State Fiscal Policy

In an MLive guest column, the League's Anthony Minghine says that, like all cities across Michigan, Jackson is feeling the severe pressures created by Michigan's broken municipal finance model. A new report - Michigan's Great Disinvestment: How State Policies Have Forced Our Communities into Fiscal Crisis - shows how Michigan's cities have suffered from state policies that have created a crisis preventing them and the state from achieving their economic potential. We must re-evaluate how we fund the services that matter most and back them with the resources needed to create places that people want. Read more.

Convention: Join Colleagues at Foundation Fundraiser Reception

At Convention, please join the League Foundation for a reception in the Grand Pavilion. Socialize with local officials, learn more about the Foundation, and talk with special guests: Senate Commerce Committee Chair Wayne Schmidt and House Local Government Committee Chair Lee Chatfield. Donations are encouraged to help further the work of the Foundation. Read more.

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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