The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), a program of biannual state-wide surveys of local government leaders in Michigan, was launched by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) in 2009. The surveys cover a wide range of issues important to local and state governance, such as fiscal, budgetary and operational policy, fiscal health, public sector compensation, workforce development, local-state governmental relations, intergovernmental collaboration, privatization, economic development strategies and initiatives such as placemaking and economic gardening, the role of local government in environmental sustainability, energy topics such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and wind power, trust in government, views on state policymaker performance, and much more.
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To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your jurisdiction's decision not to develop a Master Plan that addresses land use? Our governing board feels it should be up to a higher level of government (i.e., the County or the State) to set land use policies.
Community and Social Issues
State mandates and preemption, Land use planning
Some people think the State government should take action to address various housing issues, while others disagree. Please indicate which of the following possible State actions, if any, you would support with regards to housing issues. (check all that apply) Authorizing local governments to adopt inclusionary zoning (i.e., requiring some new developments to designate a portion of units for low/moderate income households)
Community and Social Issues, State Government
Community development, Housing, State policies, State mandates and preemption
First, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? State decisions affecting local government (e.g., revenue sharing, Headlee / Proposal A, local revenue options, unfunded mandates, etc.)
Finance Budget and Operations
fiscal health, Fiscal health/stress, State mandates and preemption, System of funding local government
Whether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Compel the State to pay for
State Government, Finance Budget and Operations
State oversight, Revenue, fiscal health, Finances, State policies, System of funding local government, State government reform, State mandates and preemption
Some believe that more proactive monitoring of local government finances by the State could help avoid local fiscal emergencies through earlier detection and intervention. Others believe this may be unnecessary or even counterproductive. To what extent would you support or oppose more proactive State monitoring of finances for all local governments in Michigan?
State oversight, State authority, State mandates and preemption