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

February 2017

This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding the state’s Emergency Manager law, officially known as Michigan’s Local Financial Stability and Choice Act (P.A. 436 of 2012). This law is targeted at local jurisdictions determined to be in fiscal emergencies and offers a number of reparative options, including the appointment of emergency managers, consent agreements, mediation, and bankruptcy proceedings. The findings in this report are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2012 and Fall 2016 waves of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).