Center for Local State and Urban Policy

The University of Michigan central campus.

Local Government Officials Don’t Trust State, Feds

A new survey of Michigan’s local government officials shows that trust in state and local government is strongly partisan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/02/2013


UM Study: Most Local Government Leaders Want Citizens Involved But Also Want Limits

More than half (53 percent) of Michigan’s local leaders believe they offer “a great deal” of opportunities for citizens to engage in local government, while only 3 percent say they offer “few, if any,” according to a new report from the University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/28/2013

The University of Michigan central campus.

More Local Governments In Michgian Using Data to Make Decisions Amid Fiscal Crisis

Just over two-thirds of Michigan’s local governments say they use “data-driven decision making” as they try to cut costs and boost efficiency amid tough economic times, a new University of Michigan survey reports.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/20/2012

The University of Michigan central campus.

Poll Finds Citizens, Officials Agree Local Government Should Fight Global Warming

A large majority of Michigan citizens and local government leaders agree that local governments have a responsibility to help reduce global warming, a new University of Michigan survey says.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/06/2011

UM Report Backs 'Economic Gardening'

State policymakers could better coordinate with local economic developers to improve the economy by cultivating existing businesses in their communities, a new report says. The report from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy […]


Database Highlights Public Sector Innovation

A new University of Michigan online database provides examples of excellence in the public sector and highlights innovative programs launched by state and local governments, school systems and others nationwide. Created by the Center for […]


UM Study: Sales Tax Holiday Helps Sales, Hurts Government

Sales tax holidays for certain goods lead to significantly higher sales on the goods, but also substantially reduce tax collection revenue. The findings appear in a new report by the Center for Local, State, and […]