Michigan’s economy is improving. But suburbs may face next fiscal crisis.
Bridge Magazine, March 15, 2018
His comments came Wednesday during a panel discussion Wednesday at The Center for Michigan’s Solutions Summit in East Lansing. Joining him to discuss problems facing municipalities were Jill Roof, research associate at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and three mayors: Mark Huizenga of Walker, Karen Majewski of Hamtramck and Bill Wild of Westland.
Metro Detroit roads are bad, but the cost to fix them is the real shocker
Detroit Free Press, March 13, 2018
Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, headquartered in Livonia, said the $1.2 billion the state previously approved for road projects was “a good number at one point” but “we continue to neglect our roads.”
Proposed work requirements for Healthy Michigan
WOOD-TV, March 12, 2018
While the bill was introduced only last week, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan was quick to object, saying that while the premise of requiring work while on government assistance appeals to some, “in practice … numerous challenges and questions surrounding work requirements for a program like Medicaid and this policy change may do more harm than good.”
How Michigan cities can escape property tax constraints
The Bond Buyer, March 6, 2018
Local option revenue streams can help Michigan cities become less dependent on property taxes, according to a report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Bridge Magazine, March 6, 2018
The Citizens Research Council’s white paper on the state’s indebtedness does not mince words: By 2006, its combined general fund and school aid fund cash balances were $1.3 billion in the red. The lost-jobs numbers are also accurate. Again, Truth Squad’s earlier analysis of these figures stands: In January 2003, non-farm private sector employment in Michigan stood at 4,445,700. In December 2008, it stood at 4,054,600 – a drop of more than 390,000.
Road conditions offer opportunity for change
Crain’s Detroit Business, February 25, 2018
Thirty-seven other states allow some kind of locally-assessed vehicle tax and eleven states allow cities to impose local fuel taxes, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Michigan Truth Squad: Schuette says tax hikes put family dreams at risk
Bridge Magazine, February 22, 2018
While the broad numbers are correct, Schuette’s portrayal of the tax burden faced by Michigan families lacks some critical context. As Bridge Magazine has noted, Michigan is ranked near the bottom when it comes to total taxes paid. Michigan ranked 34th nationally in 2013 for its personal income tax burden, both per capita and as a percentage of personal income, according to the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
CRC Urges More Regional Tax Options
Gongwer News Service, February 22, 2018
Michigan’s tax structure does not give local governments the flexibility that other states provide to allow those units to control their resources and react to economic trends, the Citizens Research Council said in a report released Thursday.
Give local governments more tax options
Detroit News, February 22, 2018
‘Detroit Rising’: Primary care doctors in city neighborhoods in short supply
Crain’s Detroit Business, February 20, 2018
On a countywide basis, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan found in a 2015 study of the data that the number of primary care physicians in Wayne County would appear sufficient.
K-12 Boost Contingent on Cutting Cyber Schools, Shared Time
U.S. News & World Report, February 18, 2018
Craig Thiel, research director with the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan, said the way Snyder is framing his K-12 budget is clear.
“The way they’ve set it up is if you want to increase the foundation grant, you’ve got to give these things,” he said.
Governor’s order, recall are the only options to remove a Michigan sheriff
MLive.com, February 13, 2018
“The bottom line is: It’s not easy to remove an elected official from office, nor should it be,” says Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan in Livonia, who’s studied Michigan’s state, county and local government for 30 years.
Rethinking accountability at Michigan’s universities
Detroit Free Press, February 11, 2018
Rick Snyder’s last budget: Relentless positive mediocrity
Detroit Free Press, February 8, 2018
And aside from a diffident suggestion that the Legislature might want to bulk up the state’s rainy day fund (currently resting at right around $1 billion) this parsimonious budget deals only indirectly with the looming $2 billion shortfall predicted by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council, and the slower economic growth forecast by the Legislature’s own fiscal agencies.
Snyder’s Michigan: Business taxes fall, burden shifts to residents
Bridge Magazine, February 6, 2018
Until the MEGA credits expire, estimated around 2032, net business tax revenue likely will continue to be a small portion of total state revenue, said Craig Thiel, research director for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
“When we look at the revenue that’s brought in, it’s not as balanced as an ideal system might be,” Thiel said. “The business tax piece, but for the credits, would play a larger share. But for the time being, structurally, I would say it’s much more balanced than it’s playing out in practice because of these (MEGA) commitments that were made seven to eight years ago.”
Snyder’s Michigan: More spending, but Michigan government remains small
Bridge Magazine, February 6, 2017
One reason for the Headlee gap is a weakening state economy during the 2000s, even before the 2007-09 recession, according to the Citizens Research Council. Some of it is due to tax cuts, exemptions and other constraints that have been written into the tax code.
Many Republicans could point to the constitutional revenue limit as evidence that they have restrained government spending, said Craig Thiel, research director for the Citizens Research Council.
“There’s no doubt about it that people would use this as the barometer to say, ‘You sent me here to do something, and here’s proof I’ve done something,’” Thiel said.
It may be time for constitutional convention
Traverse City Record-Eagle, February 4, 2018
They have also largely made government harder. “A common theme of amendments, especially since 1992, has been that of weakening the legislature,” a study by the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan concluded in 2010.
What’s the Real Price of a City Income Tax?
The Review, January/February 2018
Faced with this financial squeeze, cities have cut services and underinvested in streets, parks, transit and other amenities that contribute to their economic vitality, and attract new workers and residents. These are the kinds of placemaking investments that companies such as Amazon, which is looking to establish a second headquarters employing 50,000 workers, are seeking when considering where to invest. “The bottom line is that something has got to give,” said Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. “Local governments are doing all they can with less money. It’s affecting the quality of life for these communities.”
Gov. Snyder’s swan song exposes challenges for down the road
Lansing State Journal, January 25, 2018
Taxes are good. No, really.
Detroit Free Press, January 14, 2018
On top of that, the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council is warning that the state isn’t prepared for another recession — and there will always be another recession. Michigan’s rainy day fund may not have the capacity to buffer the state through another downturn, and funding for key economy-boosting programs, like the state’s Medicaid expansion, is in jeopardy.