‘Listen to us,’ local Michigan leaders tell Lansing in recent survey

Many local government leaders across Michigan aren’t content with their jurisdiction’s relationship with state government, according to a recent survey by University of Michigan researchers.

The latest Michigan Public Policy Survey explored factors that affect state-local relations and how those relations could be improved. Officials from more than 1,300 cities, counties, townships and villages participated in the study, conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

A recent National League of Cities report lists Michigan as one of seven states with the most frequently imposed state preemption of local authority, and the new CLOSUP poll results are a testament to this.

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