A series of articles about the financial plight of Michigan cities is being posted from the online-publication, Bridge Magazine. Two of the best entries in the series are a guest viewpoint by Michigan Municipal League President David Lossing, Linden mayor, about the concerns municipalities have over the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP), formerly known as revenue sharing, and an article about city financial stress that prominently features comments from the League’s Anthony Minghine. These are must reads for anyone who cares about Michigan communities. There are also posts about how vibrant urban centers are able to lure young talent, the financial ratings of Michigan’s communities, what communities like Kalamazoo and Muskegon have done to stay financially solvent, a column by Mitch Bean about how the state has worsened the struggles faced by cities, and why it’s important to know the financial condition of your city.
In addition, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson wrote a column about Mitch Bean’s guest viewpoint. Check it out.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (734) 669-6317.