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.


22 Jan 18

Local Government Remains Opens for Business

With the federal government budget shutdown still ongoing, we thought now is as relevant time as any to remind our readers that local government remains open for business. Ithaca N.Y. Mayor Svante Myrick stated it best when he posted this on Twitter over the weekend "Due to staggering competence, your local government will remain open today." Thank you Mayor Myrick. Well said.

19 Jan 18

Traverse City Here We Come!

Real nice press release by Katy Garavaglia about our SaveMICity tour happening in Traverse City next week. Huge shout out of appreciation to the City of Traverse City, particularly Benjamin Marentette, Mayor Jim Carruthers, Commissioner Richard Lewis, Michigan Municipal League Board member, and City Manager Marty Colburn, for all their hard work to help make this happen. We know it's going to be a great couple days for the League's Anthony Minghine. We already got…

11 Jan 18

New Report Highlights Plan to Create New Jobs and Business in Michigan

Michigan has the assets it needs to grow hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of jobs in the fast growing sectors of energy, water, food, transportation, IT/communications and health care, and garner a large portion of global business markets worth trillions of dollars. That's the conclusion of the Michigan Economic Center's (MEC) new report, Jobs, Michigan, and Leadership in the Economy of Tomorrow. But the state can't win its share of the good-paying jobs…


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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%.