Public Management Policy Topics

May 14, 2020

 

This memo is included in the Local Government COVID-19 Fiscal Strategy and Resource Guide.

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Aug 18, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is having a dramatic impact on Michigan's local governments, and the fiscal implications—including emergency spending, revenue losses, and budget cuts—are already being felt. Here you will find not just up-to-date information but a set of ideas and tools that will help you...

Jul 28, 2020

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This report presents the experiences and opinions of Michigan’s local government clerks and other city and township leaders regarding three statewide voting and election reforms: 1) voter registration up to 15 days before an election via mail, online, and at a...

Jun 24, 2020

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This report presents local government leaders' views on the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan through May of 2020, including impacts on the state and its communities, expectations for how long negative impacts would persist, evaluations of governmental coordination,...

Apr 01, 2017

 

Allana Akhtar

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Local governments in the state and across the country are trending towards outsourcing services to private companies. Although many of these services currently outsource to legal or technical companies to fill knowledge gaps among...

Apr 01, 2017

 

Lucas Ryan

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Detroit, for all intents and purposes, used to be one of the most thriving cities in the United States. Following the end of World War Two, the auto industry in Detroit was one of the most promising the world. In 1950, Detroit was home...

Jun 01, 2018

 

Ian McKenny

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Local policies aimed at reducing the emissions that contribute to climate change are growing in popularity in the United States, but progress on reducing vehicle emissions remains incremental. Cities are slowly shifting away from...

Feb 01, 2009

 

David Albouy

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In the United States, workers in cities offering above-average nominal wages—cities with high productivity, low quality-of-life, or inefficient housing sectors—pay 30 percent more in federal taxes than otherwise identical workers in...

Feb 01, 2009

 

Lan Deng

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This study examines how neighborhoods hosting the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects in Miami-Dade County have changed from 1990 to 2000 and how these projects have affected their neighborhoods. The study applies a cluster analysis to...

Feb 01, 2009

 

Brian Jacob

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This paper explores the phenomenon referred to as test score inflation, which occurs when achievement gains on "high-stakes" exams outpace improvements on "low-stakes" tests. The first part of the paper documents the extent to which...

Oct 01, 2019

 

Stephanie Leiser and Sarah Mills, University of Michigan

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Municipal fiscal condition is typically assessed using objective financial indicators, but little is understood about how local officials subjectively evaluate their own fiscal health. Using...

Mar 01, 2010

 

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This second brief examines potential reform of the individual health insurance market in Michigan. Attention is paid to how policy changes would affect both insurers and Michigan residents.

 

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Aug 01, 2010

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On Friday, July 30, 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau closed its public phone call-in lines that had allowed U.S. citizens who were missed by mailed forms and door-to-door efforts to be counted in the 2010 Census. The Census data, according to the Census Bureau, help...

Aug 01, 2010

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The fiscal health of Michigan's local governments has declined in the last year and has become a much more widespread problem, increasingly affecting communities of all sizes, in all regions of the state. This MPPS report examines how local governments are being...

Feb 01, 2011

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To help inform the growing policy debate in Michigan on public sector pay and benefits, the MPPS asked Michigan's local government leaders what they think about their jurisdictions' employee compensation levels and policies. Only 6% of Michigan's local government...