Do business tax incentives lead to growth? Can’t say. We can say what they do to school finances, though.

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In a nutshell: A new accounting rule requires governments to report the costs of property tax incentives for business Good Jobs First tabulated the costs of tax abatements for local school districts across the country; Michigan schools lost $106 million i...

Medicaid Expansion: An Unsung 2018 Election Winner

Several states have begun expanding their Medicaid program at the ballot (including some more conservative states that initially opposed the program) In spite of language that would terminate Michigan’s Medicaid expansion if the program creates any net ...

To Credit, or Not to Credit? That is the Question Facing the Legislature

  Prior to the November election, the legislature chose to “adopt and amend” two citizen-initiated proposals, including the minimum-wage increase. A bill has been introduced to keep the “tip credit,” which allows employers to count a certain ...

A Midterm Retrospective: the 2018 Election and Gerrymandering

In a nutshell: While the effects were muted, last Tuesday’s election outcomes do not reflect vote totals. Using three electoral statistical tests highlighted in our June report, we find that the November 6 general election outcomes suggest gerrymandered...

What Changes are in Store for Michigan’s New Paid Sick Time Law? Lame Duck Will Tell.

In a nutshell: In September, the legislature enacted a citizen-initiated law requiring employers to provide paid sick time to all employees, effectively keeping it off the November ballot. Since, the legislature has signaled its intent to amend the law in...

Michigan Voters Just Approved Three Ballot Questions; What’s Next for Marijuana Legalization, Redistricting Reform and Voting Rights?

In a nutshell Voters overwhelmingly approved three statewide questions appearing on the November ballot; two constitutional amendments and one initiated law. Before marijuana is available to buy, new congressional maps are drawn or citizens can enjoy new ...

We did our duty, now voters must do theirs: Get informed and vote on Election Day

In a nutshell: This is a big, consequential election The Research Council has spent weeks analyzing the 2018 ballot issues, and publishing our results, in a variety of sizes and formats Voters can go to the polls as well-informed as they want to be Michig...

Why Haven’t Local Government Revenues Improved with the Economy? The Answer Lies in Local Tax Structures.

In a nutshell: Across the country, city tax structures are largely disconnected from the underlying economy; as a result local revenues have been slow to rebound following the Great Recession. Michigan local governments have fewer tax options than many ci...

Even if marijuana legalization is no pot of gold, it’s high time for Michigan to start investing in public health

In a Nutshell: Michigan would establish a relatively low tax rate on marijuana under Proposal 1. Unlike the majority of other states, Michigan would not invest this new revenue in public health, data collection, substance abuse treatment, mental health se...