2015-08-30 / News

Local leaders’ confidence in state’s direction erodes

LAPEER — For the first time since 2012, fewer than half of Michigan’s local leaders believe the state is headed in the right direction — chief culprits include road funding fumbles, state tax policies and general dysfunction in Lansing, according to a University of Michigan survey.

But bright spots come from state policies that address economic issues such as right-to-work legislation, helping Detroit through bankruptcy, the Pure Michigan tourism campaign and careful management of the state budget, local officials reported on a survey by U-M’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy in the Ford School of Public Policy.

The Michigan Public Policy Survey asked local leaders their opinions about the direction the state is headed and about the job performance of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature.

“The drop in optimism about the state’s direction is found among officials across all political parties,” said Tom Ivacko, CLOSUP administrator. “Most surprisingly, given the Republican party’s monopoly on Michigan’s state government, the largest drop in local leaders’ support is found among Republican local leaders.”

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