Great places make for a strong economy, and the research supports that contention. By employing community-based placemaking strategies, we strengthen both our economic and social future. The League believes that at the heart of great places are strong cities. Across the country, cities account for over 80 percent of GDP, but in Michigan we have failed to invest in this vital resource.

After years of working within the existing paradigms, the League is undertaking a major legislative and policy push aimed at reforming municipal finance in Michigan to encourage renewed investment in our communities. This is intended to be an examination of how we can do things differently in Michigan to assure that local government can’t just survive, but can thrive. To that end, the League will be developing policy recommendations around three themes: Cost Containment, Revenue Enhancement, and Structure of Government.

We are taking this approach to break away from the historically limiting tactic of incremental change within the context of where we are today. We need new ideas, innovative approaches, and bold action to create a new future for communities around Michigan.

Is this an issue that you care about and would like to have a discussion about locally? The League will work with you to plan an event in your hometown with community groups, local chambers of commerce, local media, etc. Just contact us and we will provide resources and/or a speaker to help foster the discussion.


A Broken System

Michigan has the most abysmal record for investing in local government. It’s worse than any state in the nation, and this directly relates to our ability to provide great services and create the places we all know are needed to be competitive in a global economy. We must reform our system to invest in what matters most: our communities.


09 Jan 17

Anthony Minghine and saveMIcity Heads to Lowell Thursday

The Michigan Municipal League's Anthony Minghine will be in Lowell Thursday (Jan. 12) to discuss the state's broken system for funding Michigan's municipalities. This Save Michigan Cities event, which is free and open to the public, is 6-8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes, Lowell, MI 49331. Please help us spread the word! This event is part of a statewide tour that Minghine, COO and associate executive director for the…

04 Jan 17

Tony Minghine Talks saveMIcity on ‘In the W’ with Westland Mayor William Wild

The Michigan Municipal League's Anthony Minghine has been all over the state discussing Michigan's broken system for funding municipalities and last month he was in Westland. Just before the holiday break, Tony had a great conversation about the saveMicity work and municipal finance issue with Westland Mayor William Wild on the city's cable access program "In the W." It's a great conversation that's definitely worth checking out on the city's Vimeo page here: https://vimeo.com/197335646. Tony is…

13 Dec 16

SaveMIcity comes to Adrian!

(View more photos here). The Michigan Municipal League’s saveMIcity initiative has been all over the state and we were in Adrian Monday meeting with area elected officials, the business community, residents and the media. Despite multiple inches of snow falling in the area Sunday and into Monday morning, we had good attendance at the sessions where the League’s Anthony Minghine talked about the state’s failed system for funding municipalities. The day started in the morning…


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That according to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 2002 – 2012 revenues for the State of Michigan increased 29%, but revenues the state provided to local government for local services like police, fire, and recreation, decreased by more than 56%.