Michigan Municipal League relaunches revenue sharing discussion

Mar 25, 2016

Michigan Municipal League analysis shows the only four states reduced investment in cities during the decade leading up to 2012. We talk with COO Tony Minghine.

The leading advocacy group for Michigan’s cities wants to relaunch what it says is a critical policy discussion over state revenue sharing. The Michigan Municipal League says state government has shrunk its investment in cities, townships and local governments and that recent  state policies are largely to blame. It says we’ve created a perfect storm that “will destroy Michigan communities” by allowing infrastructure to decay and by eliminating important public services.

The organization drove home its point earlier this week in Lansing.

At its annual Capitol Conference, it shared its analysis of U.S. Census data that shows Michigan was one of only four states to reduce investment in cities between 2002 and 2012. It also claims ours was the only state in which local revenues declined during that period.

Current State talks with Tony Minghine, Chief Operating Officer of the Michigan Municipal League.