Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 23. 2013
New CRC Report: While Michigan’s Private Sector and Local Governments Shed Jobs, State Government Has Grown
Today’s Report Shows State Balancing Its Budget on Backs of Local Communities
The following is a statement from Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan, who comments on a new report issued today by the highly respected non-partisan Citizens Research Council (CRC) of Michigan. The report demonstrates how state legislatures and governors in Michigan over the past decade have protected and funded state programs and services in part by cutting revenues that, by law, were supposed to go to local Michigan governments in the form of “statutory revenue sharing.” The CRC report shows that Michigan legislatures and governors over the past decade cut statutory revenue sharing by more than $5 billion, or 34 percent, and largely kept the funds for state programs and services. The results: state spending increased 26.3 percent during that time, and between 2000 and 2013 state government employment increased 5.9 percent, while local government employment fell by 16.6 percent.
“Today’s report from the Citizens Research Council is proof that state lawmakers and governors have been balancing the state budget on the backs of local governments for the last 10-plus years,” said Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, the newly elected President of the Michigan Municipal League. “The League has known this for many years and we’ve been saying it to anyone who will listen. We welcome this validation from the highly respected, non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan. We sincerely hope the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder will take notice of this CRC report and begin restoring the revenue taken from Michigan’s local communities.
“The cuts have helped drive down the state’s per-capita income to among the lowest in the nation, have caused steep cuts in local police and fire protection, and now threatened the long-term fiscal health of literally dozens of local communities and schools across Michigan.”
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