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Michigan Public Policy Survey Reports

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) is a program of state-wide surveys of local government leaders in Michigan. The MPPS is designed to fill an important information gap in the policymaking process. While there are ongoing surveys of the business community and of the citizens of Michigan, before the MPPS there were no ongoing surveys of local government officials that were representative of all general purpose local governments in the state. Therefore, although we knew the policy priorities and views of the state's businesses and citizens, we knew very little about the views of the local officials who are so important to the economies and community life throughout Michigan. More …


Despite increasingly formal financial management, relatively few Michigan local governments have adopted recommended policies


Most Michigan local officials are satisfied with their privatized services, but few seek to expand further


Michigan local governments finally pass fiscal health tipping point overall, but one in four still report decline


Beyond the coast, a tenuous relationship between Michigan local governments and the Great Lakes


Confidence in Michigan’s direction holds steady among state’s local leaders


Wind power as a community issue in Michigan


Fracking as a community issue in Michigan


The impact of tax-exempt properties on Michigan local governments


Michigan's local leaders generally support Detroit bankruptcy filing despite some concerns


Michigan local governments increasingly pursue placemaking for economic development


Views on right-to-work legislation among Michigan's local government leaders


Michigan local governments continue seeking, and receiving, union concessions


Michigan local government fiscal health continues gradual improvement, but smallest jurisdictions lagging


Local leaders evaluate state policymaker performance and whether Michigan is on the right track


Trust in government among Michigan’s local leaders and citizens


Citizen engagement in the view of Michigan’s local government leaders


Beyond trust in government: government trust in citizens?


Local leaders support reforming Michigan’s system of funding local government


Local leaders support eliminating Michigan’s Personal Property Tax if funds are replaced, but distrust state follow-through


Michigan’s local leaders satisfied with union negotiations


Michigan’s local leaders are divided over the state’s emergency manager law


Fiscal stress continues for hundreds of Michigan jurisdictions, but conditions trend in positive direction overall


Michigan’s local leaders more positive about Governor Snyder’s performance, more optimistic about the state’s direction


Data-driven decision-making in Michigan local government


State funding incentives increase local collaboration, but also raise concerns


Local officials react to state policy innovation tying revenue sharing to dashboards and incentive funding


MPPS finds fiscal health continues to decline across the state, though some negative trends eased in 2011


Public sector unions in Michigan: their presence and impact according to local government leaders


Despite increased approval of state government performance, Michigan's local leaders are concerned about the state's direction


Local government and environmental leadership: views of Michigan's local leaders


Local leaders are mostly positive about intergovernmental cooperation and look to expand efforts


Local government leaders say most employees are not overpaid, though some benefits may be too generous


Local government leaders say economic gardening can help grow their economies


Local governments struggle to cope with fiscal, service, and staffing pressures


Michigan local governments actively promote U.S. Census participation


Fiscal Stimulus Package Mostly Ineffective for Local Economies


Fall 2009 Key Findings Report: Educational, Economic, and Workforce Development Issues at the Local Level


Local government officials give low marks to the performance of state officials and report low trust in Lansing


October 2009: Local Government Fiscal and Economic Development Issues

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