In the Media

Articles Related to League Municipal Finance Reform Initiative:

Ann Arbor officials still not sure about local income tax idea, Sept. 12, 2017, Ann Arbor News

State disinvestment hurting southeast Oakland communities, municipal group says, Aug. 25, 2017, The Daily Tribune

Responding to MSU President, Lahanas Defends City’s Financial Management, Aug. 14, 2017, East Lansing Info

Civic, business leaders emphasize urban agenda at Mackinac Policy Conference, June 11, 2017, MiBiz

For 2018 Mackinac Conference, let’s put more focus on cities’ needs, June 2, 2017, Detroit Free Press

Making cities great will take state funding fix, Mayor Bliss says at Mackinac, June 1, 2017, Mlive

Snyder speech low on new ideas, high on optimism for future of state,  June 1, 2017, Detroit Free Press

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joins Guy Gordon at the Mackinac Policy Conference, May 31, 2017, The Guy Gordon Show

Snyder: Schools, Municipalities Need Resolution of Budget, U.S. News, May 31, 2017, U.S. News

New Push for Better Infrastructure, May 30, 2017, News Talk 94.9 WSJM

Farmington’s financial challenges mirror those of other Michigan communities, May 23, 2017, Hometown Life

Guest column: We need your help to save Michigan cities, May 18, 2017, The Morning Sun

Loss of revenue sharing hurts local economies, May 17, 2017, The County Press

What Michigan is – and isn’t – doing for local governments, May 16, 2017, Lansing State Journal

Michigan Municipal League SaveMICity Presentation Taking Place on Mackinac Island as Part of Policy Conference, May 10, 2017, Crain’s Detroit Business

Cities’ budget problems will require tough decisions, May 13, 2017, Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun Editorial

Michigan Municipal League Cries Foul Over Revenue Sharing Shortfall, May 12, 2017, news/Talk Radio 94.9

Michigan Municipal League Says State Owes $52 million to Berrien County Communities, May 11, 2017, Moody on the Market

City managers weigh in on keeping municipalities vibrant, May 6, 2017, Morning Sun

Municipalities fiscal outlook gloomy despite recovering economy, April 23, 2017, Associated Press/U.S. News & World Report

Six Area Mayors, Michigan Municipal League to Host Forum on Funding, April 3, 2017, Grand Rapids Press

State Funding Squeeze Could Mean ‘Ultimate Financial Disaster’ for Michigan Communities, March 29, 2017, Michigan Public Radio Stateside Program

Revenue sharing boosts Michigan communities, Detroit News guest column, March 8, 2017

Strapped cities taking aim at Proposal A, Bridge Magazine, Feb. 27, 2017

Funding squeeze could prompt Proposal A update, Crain’s Detroit Business, Feb. 26, 2017

Wayland city manager voices concern about lack of revenue-sharing from state,, Feb. 23, 2017

Route Fifty: Fiscally Strained Michigan Municipalities Face ‘Perfect Storm’, Route50 Blog, Jan. 25, 2017

Holland Mayor Talks State Funding During Michigan Municipal League Press Conference, Holland Sentinel, Jan. 25, 2017

Michigan Municipal League Priorities, WILX TV, Jan. 25, 2017

City Leaders Praise Snyder’s New Economic Message, Politically Speaking Blog, Jan. 25, 2017

Broken System has Cities Drowning in Fiscal Troubles, MIRS News Service, Jan. 24, 2017

MML Doubling Down to Fix Broken Finance System, Gongwer, Jan. 24, 2017

Howell City Manager to Speak at Michigan Municipal League Press Conference, WHMI Radio, Jan. 24, 2017

Talking About Municipal Finance and saveMIcity with Westland Mayor William Wild, In The W Show, Dec. 22, 2016

Tony Minghine: Municipal League wants to reform state municipal finance, Adrian Daily Telegram op-ed, Dec. 9, 2016

Speakings of finances, Municipal League wants to reform state municipal finance, Adrian Daily Telegram, Dec. 9, 2016

Michigan cities’ advocate: Revenue sharing discussion gaining traction, WKAR public radio, Oct. 27, 2016

Panel Discusses Finding a Fix for Struggling Cities, ABC 12, Oct. 25, 2016

Leaders Meet to Discuss Ways to Help Cash-Strapped Michigan Cities, Fox 66 News, Oct. 25, 2016

Drop in State Revenue Sharing Leaving Many Cities to Fend for Themselves to Provide Service, TV 25 News, Oct. 25, 2016

MML Hosts Panel on City Funding, WNEM TV 5, Oct. 25, 2016

How Michigan Funds Its Cities Needs to Change, Detroit Free Press, Oct. 24, 2016

Grand Rapids Mayor: Lower Revenue Sharing Threatens Success of Cities, State. Michigan Radio, Oct. 7, 2016

Recipe for Success: Fund Our Cities, Detroit Free Press, Sept. 30, 2016

Poll: Voters Discontent with Service Standards, Michigan Peninsula News, Sept. 22, 2016

By The Numbers –  Public Payroll Growth Stifled in Michigan as Cities Make Drastic Cuts, SEMCOG Blog, Sept. 16, 2016

Billionaire Rescues Kalamazoo with Cash to End Fiscal Plight, Holland Sentinel use of Bloomberg News, Sept. 16, 2016

Guest Column by Anthony Minghine: Jackson, and the County, Feel 15-Year Pinch of State Fiscal Policy, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Aug. 31, 2016

Economy improved, but Michigan cities still in crisis, Detroit Free Press, Aug. 29, 2016

Database: See what Michigan shares with its cities, Detroit Free Press, Aug. 29, 2016

Lansing, are you listening to Michigan cities? Detroit Free Press editorial, Aug. 24, 2016

State Revenue Sharing System is Broken, City Leaders Say, Citizen Patriot, Aug. 15, 2016

Michigan cities lose billions in revenue hurting cities like Jackson, WLNS TV 6, Aug. 15, 2016

Revenue Sharing Shortage for Jackson, Greg O’Connor Show on WKHM News Radio 970 AM, Aug. 15, 2016

Taking a Closer Look at Troubles in Municipal Financing,, Aug. 11, 2016

Flint Poisonings Haunt Wayne Mayor Whose Town Faces Michigan Takeover, Crain’s Detroit Business, Aug. 11, 2016

Dollars and Sense? Municipalities wrestle with disconnect between state revenue sharing and the economy, MiBiz, Aug. 7, 2016

Michigan’s Money Sharing, Rapids Press, July 20, 2016

Michigan cities team up to offset “fundamentally unsustainable” municipal finance system, Michigan Public Radio, July 19, 2016

New Study Confirms Economic Impact of Eight Placemaking Assets Every Community Should Have, Model D Media, July 18, 2016

Is the State Starving Your Community?, WDET, June 14, 2016

Feeling the Pressure, St. Joseph Herald-Palladium, June 12, 2016

Lou Glazer column: Without more state revenue cities can’t thrive, talent won’t stay, Grand Rapids Business Journal, June 10, 2016

As Governor touts Michigan’s economy, municipalities and families circle the drain,, June 7, 2016

Michigan Urged to Rethink Municipal Funding, Bond Buyer, May 31, 2016 (requires subscription)

Detroit News editorial: Get Michigan Cities Back on Feet Again, Detroit News, May 30, 2016

Mitch Bean column: Starving cities and the coming storm, Bridge Magazine, May 26, 2016

Cities Statewide Feel Financial Pinch, Traverse City Record-Eagle, May 25, 2016

Phil Power column: Binding cities, with few ways out, and Bridge Magazine, May 24, 2016

Column: Strong Communities Require Fixing Michigan’s Local Funding System,, May 19, 2016

Few cops, abandoned parks, and why more cities are in financial crisis, Bridge Magazine, May 12, 2016

Searchable Database: How Many Cops has Your Town Lost?, Bridge Magazine, May 12, 2016

Flint Syndrome: Welcome to Pennsylvania, where cash-poor cities work together with state emergency managers, Bridge Magazine, May 17, 2016

Flint Syndrome: Revenue Tools Help Toledo Survive Through Tough Times, Bridge Magazine, May 17, 2016

Flint Syndrome: Fewer cops, abandoned parks, and why more cities may crumble,, May 12, 2016

Postcard from a city’s edge: Wayne – Need Fire Hoses? Pass the Hat, Bridge Magazine, May 12, 2016

Postcard from a city’s edge: Battle Creek – A Starving Cereal City, Bridge Magazine, May 12, 2016

Postcard from a city’s edge: Saginaw’s Parks and Wreck, Bridge Magazine, May 12, 2016

Not Waiting for Government, Philanthropy steps up to help Flint, Bridge Magazine, May 11, 2016

Column: Ford’s Better Idea for Dearborn
Detroit News column by League President and Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly, May 5, 2016

Stir it up: Why Cities Need Sustenance
Detroit Metro Times, April 20, 2016

Want to fix Michigan’s cities? Here’s How
Detroit Free Press, April 16, 2016

Oakland County communities get creative to offset millions lost in statewide revenue sharing
Oakland Press, April 5, 2016

Making the Economic Case for Place
Oakland 115, April 4, 2016

‘It’s a Dirty Rotten Shame’ – Municipalities: State is Shortchanging Us
Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton, March 30, 2016

The League’s Chris Hackbarth Talks Municipal Finance Reform on Radio Show
Michael Cohen, WILS 1320, March 28, 2016

Michigan’s Decline, In Three Reports, March 28, 2016

Cities Want their Share; Tool Shows Funding Loss by Community
Oakland 115, March 26, 2016

Michigan Municipal League Relaunches Revenue Sharing Discussion
WKAR public radio, March 25, 2016

Letter to the editor by Eric Anders: Did you Know?
Midland Daily News, March 24, 2016

MML says Big Rapids lost $5M in state revenue
Big Rapids Daily News, March 23, 2016

How States Can Threaten Municipalities Fiscal Future
Fiscal Bankruptcy blog, March 22, 2016

Group points to state policy to root of cities fiscal owes
WMUK radio, March 22, 2016

Dickinson cities hurt by state revenue cuts
Iron Mountain Daily News, March 21, 2016

Group: Data points to ‘disinvestment’ in Michigan cities
Detroit News, March 21, 2016

Michigan city revenues lone in nation to fall from 2002-2012
Associated Press, March 21, 2016

MML Pushing to Make Local Government Funding Changes
Gongwer, March 21, 2016

New Database Shows How Michigan Allocates Funds to Cities
WDET 101.9 FM, March 21, 2016


Articles related to 2016-17 FY state budget:

Businesses seek talent and talent seeks place, so help Michigan cities
Bridge Magazine, March 18, 2016

Local Governments Want $5.8M in Revenue Sharing Restored
MIRS News Service, March 16, 2016

Treasurer Suggests Lawmakers Look into Local Government Funding
MIRS News Service, March 9, 2016

City of Lansing Says State Budget Plan Not Enough, Revenue Sharing Explained
WILX TV, Feb. 10, 2016


Revenue-sharing specific articles:

In-Depth Blog & Audio: What Michigan Communities Expect from a U.S. President, Revenue Sharing Explained
WDET Public Radio, March 3, 2016

Financial Struggles in Cities Not Always What You Think
Economics of Place Blog, Feb. 15, 2016

Rick Snyder isn’t the only Michigan leader who abandoned Flint
Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2016

How Michigan’s cities are set up to fail
Detroit Free Press, Nov. 23, 2015

City Blues: MSU Study Finds State Tax Policies Cripple Cities
Bridge Magazine, Nov. 17, 2015

Is Michigan on the Road to Ruin?
Detroit Free Press, Nov. 8, 2015

Report: Reforming Statutory State Revenue Sharing by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Feb. 18, 2015

In the Red – Drivers of Local Government Debt in Michigan
Michigan Policy Network, June 16, 2014

Great Revenue Sharing Heist
Review Magazine, Michigan Municipal League, March/April, 2014

How Michigan’s revenue sharing ‘raid’ cost communities billions for local services, March 30, 2014

The Great $6.2 Billion Revenue Sharing Heist
Michigan Municipal League Report, Voice of Detroit, March 26, 2014

Dearborn Significantly Impacted by Missed Revenue Sharing
Dearborn Press & Guide, March 24, 2014

Revenue Sharing Could have kept Lincoln Park Out of Financial Crisis, officials say
The News Herald, March 23, 2014

Wyandotte’s Deficit Tied to Decline in State Revenue Sharing
The News-Herald, March 23, 2014

Revenue Sharing Review: How Cities Have Been Impacted
Oakland 115, March 23, 2014

Local Leaders Angry About Lost Revenue Sharing
Macomb Daily Tribune, March 21, 2014

Michigan Municipal League says Legislature Diverted Funding; Midland Loses $10.9 million
Midland Daily News, March 21, 2014

Michigan’s $6.2 Billion Road on Revenue Sharing, March 18, 2014

Loss in State Revenue Sharing Leaves Melvindale in a Hole
The News-Herald, March 17, 2014


Budget-related articles tied to Flint Water Crisis:

Michigan’s way of funding cities set the stage for Flint water crisis
Detroit Free Press, March 20, 2016

Flint’s other water crisis: Money, March 7, 2016,

Editorial: Flint’s agony and our poisoned politics
Battle Creek Enquirer, Jan. 24, 2016

Flint Lost Close to $60 Million in Revenue Sharing, according to MML, March 3, 2016


Budget-related articles tied to Detroit:

Detroit’s Bankruptcy Reflects on State, Other Municipalities
WDET Public Radio, Nov. 30, 2015

Detroit Faces the Same Challenges after Bankruptcy
Detroit Free Press, Jan. 3, 2015

Did Michigan Kill Detroit?
Reuters, March 19, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Didn’t Have to Happen, says Former-Goldman Sachs VP
Metro Times, April 8, 2014


Other municipal finance articles:

Auburn Hills leaders consider outsourcing emergency dispatch, fire millage increase to offset budget shortfall
Oakland Press, March 18, 2016

Michigan Localities Waiting on Much Needed Infrastructure Funding, Nov. 9, 2015

Pensions, retiree health care comes at a cost
Port Huron Times-Herald, May 9, 2015

Local Government Groups Urge State to Pass Unfunded Mandate Bills
Gongwer, Nov. 4, 2015