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Local Government COVID-19 Fiscal Strategy and Resource Guide


The COVID-19 crisis is having a dramatic impact on Michigan's local governments, and the fiscal implications—including emergency spending, revenue losses, and budget cuts—are already being felt. Here you will find not just up-to-date information but a set of ideas and tools that will help you strategically navigate the new fiscal landscape. Read more.

This site is a work in progress, and information will be added on a rolling basis.

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Fiscal Strategy Memos

CategoryGuide Topic
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Capital Assets & Projects:Capital Spending During an Economic Crisis
Federal Aid:What Does the Cares Act Mean for Local Governments in Michigan?
Michigan and Federal Aid: Brother, Can You Spare Some Stimulus?
Financial Management Strategies:How to Enhance Liquidity During a Crisis
Strategies for Short-Term Cash-Flow Borrowing
Planning for Reduced Operating Expenses
Assessing Collaborative Readiness
Should We Contract This Service Out?
Workplace & Personnel Strategies for Michigan Local Governments: Q&A
Revenue Sources:City Income Taxes and the COVID-19 Recession
Will Property Taxes be Immune to the Effects of Covid-19?
The Impact of COVID-19 on State Revenue Sharing for Cities, Villages, and Townships
Information Technology:IT Security for Mitigating Fiscal Risk of Remote Work

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U-M Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE)

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Michigan Dept. of Treasury
Michigan Association of Counties
Michigan Municipal League
Michigan Townships Association
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