Local Government Officials Don't Trust State, FedsA new survey of Michigan's local government officials shows that trust in state and local government is strongly partisan.
Survey: Fiscal Stress Easing For Michigan Municipalities, But Some Still SufferOnly one-third of the local governments in Michigan say they are somewhat or significantly less able to meet their fiscal needs this year -- a big drop from last year when nearly half reported having such difficulties, according to a University of Michigan survey.
Opinion: A Doctor's Opinion Of ObamacareGood, hard-working Americans shouldn’t be forced to contemplate leaving their chosen profession as they are with federal laws such as Obamacare.
More Local Governments In Michgian Using Data to Make Decisions Amid Fiscal CrisisJust 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.
UM Study: State Funding Incentives Foster Collaboration But Raise ConcernsA new policy in Michigan that encourages local governments to collaborate and combine operations appears to be working, but it also carries a risk of producing unintended consequences, a new survey by the University of Michigan reports.
Michigan Democrats Propose Campaign, Ethics LawsDemocrats in the Michigan House on Thursday introduced proposals that would require personal financial disclosure forms for many public officials and put some restrictions on state-level political campaign donations.
Poll Finds Citizens, Officials Agree Local Government Should Fight Global WarmingA 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.
Supreme Court Shoots Down Violent Video Game BanThe US Supreme Court weighed in this week on violent video games, ruling that states can not stop stores from selling the games to kids.
Legislature To Affect Local Goverment Draws DebateThe state House approved a measure that critics say allows local governments that are consolidating services, to also eliminate some provisions of collectively bargained contracts.

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