The revenue prospects of Michigan city governments are bad and not getting better. That’s the message of the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for cities and townships. Great Lakes Economics Consulting’s Mitch Bean spoke at a Municipal League event on Monday. Bean says Michigan’s property tax caps combined with a big drop in revenue sharing played a big role in the financial crises in cities like Flint and Detroit.
The League says state revenue sharing with cities dropped more than 50 percent between 2002 and 2012, even though state revenue grew about 30 percent in that time.
The state Senate has approved a plan for a financial bailout of the Detroit school system.
The bills would return control of the district to an elected school board, help pay off a crushing debt burden, and give an appointed board the power to close low-performing schools – including charter academies. Continue reading →
Governor Rick Snyder says he’s slowing down his plans to fix Detroit’s schools in order to the process moving. In the face of resistance from Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature, the governor says he wants to break up the work, focusing first on retiring the district’s massive debt. Continue reading →
The Legislature is set to recess next week for the balance of 2015 with some big jobs left undone. Governor Rick Snyder was hoping lawmakers would address what he says is the next stage of the Detroit turnaround — and that is doing something to fix the city’s schools. Instead, the governor, Detroit’s parents, and school kids will have to wait ‘til next year. Continue reading →
A Democratic state lawmaker says it should be up to the state to cover the costs of a plan to rescue the Detroit Public Schools. And he says to make sure other districts don’t suffer as a result. Continue reading →
Governor Rick Snyder has made a decision that pushes Michigan’s most-populated county closer to state oversight.
Governor Snyder ratified the findings of a state board that found Wayne County faces a financial crisis that could reach 171 million dollars by the end of the decade if it goes unchecked. Continue reading →
An effort is underway put mandatory paid sick leave for all Michigan workers on the November 2016 ballot.
The proposal would require businesses to offer paid leave if a worker or someone in their immediate family is sick. The initiative from the Time to Care Coalition would allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Continue reading →
A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law. It would set new limits on what hospitals could charge insurance companies. It would also guarantee a two-year rate rollback of at least 100 dollars per vehicle. Continue reading →