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Figure 2. US State Revenue Data. Percent by which General Revenue for each state increased from 2002 and 2012 as well as the percentbywhichmunicipalrevenuefromstatesourcesformunicipalitiesincreasedfrom2002and2012. Source: SaveMICity, Michigan Municipal League
Expensive structural issues like roads and sewers that need broader, regional and statewide solutions now fall on local communities. Dollars traditionally dedicated to provide services like police and fire, parks and recreation, and senior services are
further stretched. Funding shortages
force reductions in code enforcement, which then contributes to blight and reduces property values. Upwardly mobile residents move and further erode the tax base in older communities.
When considering where we stand as
a community, as a county and as a
state, it is important to consider how
things fit together. State Leaders
decided to balance their budget on
the backs of local communities. At
the same time, they failed to address
the infrastructure problems like roads
and sewers. In that respect, local
communities face the same
challenges as families on fixed incomes or those grappling with wage reductions. In this light, economic recovery claims ring hollow. Local communities need a state government they can partner with to meet the changing nature of the economy and build a more prosperous Michigan for all of our families.
Figure 3: Growth in Municipal General Revenue, 2002-2012. Source: Michigan Municipal League, SaveMICity

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