In the Media

Articles Related to League Municipal Finance Reform Initiative:

How to tackle retirement costs, guest column by League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin, Detroit News, Dec. 14, 2017

Dollars down the drain: Local governments see decades of declining state revenue, The Herald Palladium, Dec. 3, 2017

The view from Lansing on revenue sharing: Legislators note rising revenue, examine proposals for reformThe Herald Palladium, Dec. 3, 2017

Hitting home: Southwest Michigan communities deal with decline in state aidThe Herald Palladium, Dec. 3, 2017

A Downsized Public Workforce May Be a Permanent Consequence of the Recession, Governing, Dec. 1, 2017

Protect infrastructure finance in tax reform, Washington Examiner, Nov. 20, 2017 

OPINION: State of Community: City of Gaylord, Gaylord Herald Times, Nov. 10, 2017

Water crisis hits Michigan suburbs: ‘We’ve been sounding alarms for years’, Crain’s Detroit Business, Oct. 26, 2017

Is new tax needed to address ‘crisis’ in Washtenaw? Voters to decide,, Oct. 26, 2017

Can Only the Super-Rich Save Us? If We Believe That, Our Democratic Experiment is Doomed, NonProfit Quarterly, Oct. 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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