Here is a sampling of some of the articles done so far:
- Michgian cities slam state for holding onto $6.2 billion: Detroit News
- Wyandotte’s deficit tied to decline in state revenue sharing: The News Heard, the Voice of Downriver
- Revenue sharing could have kept Lincoln Park out of financial crisis, officials say: The News Heard, the Voice of Downriver
- Macomb cities lost more than $100 million due to state cuts: Macomb Daily Tribune
- Michigan Municipal League says Legislature diverted funding; Midland loses $10.9 million: Midland Daily News
- Our View: State turning corner on revenue sharing: Midland Daily News editorial
- Report says Flint lost out on nearly $55 million in revenue sharing in last decade: Flint Journal/mlive.com
- Six things Flint could have paid for with $55 million in revenue sharing: Flint Journal/mlive.com
- Michigan Cities contend lost $6.2 billion in lost revenue: Metro Times, Detroit
The League study showed that communities from Marquette to St. Joseph and everywhere in between are among the Michigan cities and villages that lost hundreds of millions of dollars in statutory revenue sharing over the past decade because the governor and Legislature diverted the funds to the state budget.
If the funds had not been diverted by state lawmakers, the fiscal crises facing many local Michigan communities today might not be so severe.
Statutory revenue sharing funds are earmarked by state law for local communities across Michigan to support essential local services including police and fire, water systems, road maintenance, parks and libraries, and more. The funds represent a percentage of sales tax revenues collected at the local levels. Instead, between 2003 and 2013, the governor and Legislature diverted $6.2 billion in statutory revenue sharing from local communities to plug holes in the state budget and to pay for tax cuts for businesses.
Much of this data was also included in the March/April 2014 edition of the Michigan Municipal League Review magazine for an article titled, “The Great Revenue Sharing Heist” by Anthony Minghine, associate executive director and chief operations officer for the Michigan Municipal League. The article is available at mml.org: http://www.mml.org/advocacy/great-revenue-sharing-heist.html.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at email@example.com and (734) 669-6317.