Piecing Together the Road Funding Puzzle

July 2019 | State Budget Note 2019-01 Governor Whitmer and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives have both proposed increases in road funding through their respective budget recommendations. Governor Whitmer’s plan would increase road ...

A Distinction without a Difference: Ad Valorem Special Assessments and Property Taxes

June 2019 | Report 407 and Memorandum 1157 Property taxes are used to fund general services, while special assessments exist to finance infrastructure improvements that benefit a limited number of properties. In recent years, local governments have increa...

Outline of the Michigan Tax System – Archives

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Evaluating Michigan’s Options to Increase Road Funding

February 2019 | Report 405 and Memorandum 1155 In 2015, Michigan enacted a funding package that will eventually generate $1.2 billion annually for state and local road projects. Even after it is fully implemented, the state will continue to be plagued wit...

Statewide Ballot Proposal 2018-2 — Redistricting

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Memorandum 1150 | September 2018 The redistricting process affects the core components of a representative democracy. It determines what candidates people are able to vote for and who an elected representative represents. The term “gerrymandering” cha...

Statewide Ballot Proposal 2018-3 — Voting Rights

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Memorandum 1151 | September 2018 Voting and access to the ballot are fundamental to a thriving, well-functioning democracy. While all citizens have a responsibility to vote on Election Day, it falls to the government to ensure that all aspects of the voti...