Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Spring 2015 Data Tables

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Q32. Similar to an actuarially required contribution for a pension fund, a jurisdiction's "annual required contribution" (ARC) for its retiree health care fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their retiree health care ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's retiree health care costs. Which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its retiree health care fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported offering some kind of retiree health care benefits)

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
Similar to an actuarially required contribution for a pension fund, a jurisdiction's "annual required contribution" (ARC) for its retiree health care fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their retiree health care ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's retiree health care costs. Which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its retiree health care fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported offering some kind of retiree health care benefits) We made no contribution to our retiree health care fund 20% 15% 21% 8% 18%
We made some contribution to our retiree health care fund, but not the full ARC 37% 18% 24% 16% 23%
We made our full ARC contribution 27% 31% 35% 28% 32%
We made a contribution larger than the ARC 9% 9% 9% 8% 9%
Don't Know 6% 27% 11% 40% 18%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Size Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
Similar to an actuarially required contribution for a pension fund, a jurisdiction's "annual required contribution" (ARC) for its retiree health care fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their retiree health care ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's retiree health care costs. Which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its retiree health care fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported offering some kind of retiree health care benefits) We made no contribution to our retiree health care fund 15% 16% 29% 20% 12% 18%
We made some contribution to our retiree health care fund, but not the full ARC 5% 18% 29% 22% 32% 23%
We made our full ARC contribution 31% 35% 24% 33% 35% 32%
We made a contribution larger than the ARC 12% 6% 9% 9% 12% 9%
Don't Know 37% 26% 10% 16% 10% 18%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Region of Michigan Crosstabulation
% within Region of Michigan
  Region of Michigan Total
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central Lower Peninsula East Central Lower Peninsula Southwest Lower Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula
Similar to an actuarially required contribution for a pension fund, a jurisdiction's "annual required contribution" (ARC) for its retiree health care fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their retiree health care ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's retiree health care costs. Which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its retiree health care fund during its previous fiscal year? (Among those jurisdictions that reported offering some kind of retiree health care benefits) We made no contribution to our retiree health care fund 23% 30% 13% 2% 22% 18% 18%
We made some contribution to our retiree health care fund, but not the full ARC 14% 11% 28% 36% 19% 24% 23%
We made our full ARC contribution 29% 24% 48% 17% 35% 33% 32%
We made a contribution larger than the ARC 20% 3% 9% 18% 2% 8% 9%
Don't Know 14% 32% 2% 27% 22% 15% 18%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.