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Beyond trust in government: government trust in citizens?

March 1, 2013
This is the first of several reports on the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding citizen engagement in their jurisdictions. This report focuses on the levels of trust local officials feel toward their citizens as responsible...

Michigan’s local leaders satisfied with union negotiations

October 1, 2012
This report presents Michigan local government leaders’ assessments of their jurisdictions’ public employee unions. The findings in this report are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2012 and Spring 2011 waves of...

Data-driven decision-making in Michigan local government

June 1, 2012
The local government fiscal crisis—driven largely by state revenue sharing cuts, falling tax revenues, and rising costs to provide services—has pushed jurisdictions in Michigan to search for operational efficiencies and cost savings. Performance...

Fiscal Stimulus Package Mostly Ineffective for Local Economies

May 1, 2010
This report presents Michigan local government leaders’ opinions on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—also known as the Federal Stimulus Package—based on statewide surveys in the Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 waves of the...