Filed your taxes, but still want more? We’ll catch you up on Michigan’s tax changes

In a nutshell The Tax Outline has been updated with 2017 and early 2018 changes. The state avoided tax incentives during the Snyder administration, which ends this year. 2017 reversed that course with two tax incentive programs. A software hiccup unexpect...

Hope springs eternal for the Detroit Public School District, at least its financial future

In a nutshell Detroit Public Schools Community District proposed budget for 2018-19 is balanced and grows year-end fund balance Student enrollment is held constant after enrollment gains in current-year from closure of 11 Education Achievement Authority s...

Assessing Health Risks is a Good Start. Now Let’s Get Serious and Do Something About Them.

In a nutshell: Michigan began moving individuals who failed to complete a Health Risk Assessment off of the Healthy Michigan Plan—Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—and into marketplace health plans. These commercial heal...

Diversify Detroit’s Tax Structure to Lower the City’s High Property Tax Rate

In a nutshell: Detroit has the most diversified local tax structure in the state with exclusive access to higher tax rates and more tax options. Despite this diversified tax structure, Detroit levies property taxes at high rates compared to other cities i...

Public Act 51 – The ‘Third Rail’ of Michigan’s Pothole Crisis

In a nutshell Because of Michigan’s harsh winter and historical under-funding, roads across the state are crumbling before our eyes. Next week Governor Snyder will sign a bill to send an additional $175 million in one-time funds to state and local roads...

Problems with the Local Government Fiscal Structure – Is Regional Service Delivery the Solution?

In a nutshell: The local government fiscal structure is plagued by a number of problems; chief among them is inefficiency that results from the fact that the majority of services are delivered at the most local level of government (i.e., city and township...

Explaining Michigan’s one-of-a-kind university governance model

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this appeared in the Detroit Free Press on February 11, 2018. In a nutshell: Michigan’s governance model for its flagship universities and all universities is fairly unique The current model of electing boar...