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Reports from the 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 …

Community poverty and the struggle to make ends meet in Michigan, according to local government leaders

The state of community civic discourse, according to Michigan’s local government leaders

Despite sustained economic growth, Michigan local government fiscal health still lags

Michigan local government leaders' views on medical and recreational marijuana

Rising confidence in Michigan’s direction among local leaders, but partisan differences remain

Michigan local government officials weigh in on housing shortages and related issues

Approaches to land use planning and zoning among Michigan's local governments

Workforce issues and challenges for Michigan's local governments

Local leaders’ views on elections in Michigan: accuracy, problems, and reform options

Michigan local government officials report complex mix of improvement and decline in fiscal health, but with overall trend moving slowly upward

Michigan local leaders want their citizens to play a larger role in policymaking, but report declining engagement

Michigan local leaders’ views on state preemption and how to share policy authority

Improving communication, building trust are seen as keys to fixing relationships between local jurisdictions and the State government

Local leaders more likely to support than oppose Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, but strongly favor reforms

Local government leaders' views on drinking water and water supply infrastructure in Michigan communities

Michigan local leaders say property tax appeals are common, disagree with dark stores assessing

Local officials say Michigan’s system of funding local government is broken, and seek State action to fix it

Michigan local governments report first declines in fiscal health trend since 2010

Michigan local leaders' doubts continue regarding state's direction

Emergency Medical Services in Michigan: challenges and approaches among local governments

Firefighting services in Michigan: challenges and approaches among local governments

Most local officials are satisfied with law enforcement services, but almost half from largest jurisdictions say their funding is insufficient

Local leaders say police-community relations are good throughout Michigan, but those in large cities are concerned about potential unrest over police use-of-force

Responding to budget surplus vs. deficit: the preferences of Michigan’s local leaders and citizens

Michigan's local leaders concerned about retiree health care costs and their governments' ability to meet future obligations

Fiscal health rated relatively good for most jurisdictions, but improvements slow and decline continues for many

Confidence in Michigan's direction declines among state's local leaders

Michigan local government leaders' views on private roads

Few Michigan jurisdictions have adopted Complete Streets policies, though many see potential benefits

Michigan local leaders have positive views on relationships with county road agencies, despite some concerns

Michigan local government leaders say transit services are important, but lack of funding discourages their development

Michigan local leaders see need for state and local ethics reform

Local leaders say Michigan road funding needs major increase, but lack consensus on options that would raise the most revenue

Michigan local government leaders' views on employee pay and benefits

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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