MPPS publications

Reports from the Michigan Public Policy Survey

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The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) is the first state-wide ongoing survey of local officials from all 1,856 counties, cities, townships, and villages in Michigan. Each biannual survey provides long-term data on a number of issues, resulting in several reports that cover core fiscal, budgetary, and operational policy, compensation, intergovernmental collaboration, economic and workforce development, and more. CLOSUP continues to investigate new issues relevant to local and state policy.

November 2022

Michigan local leaders' concerns about U.S. democracy at state and federal levels ease somewhat, but remain grim

This report presents local government leaders’ views regarding the functioning of democracy in their jurisdictions, the State of Michigan, and the United States as a whole. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2022 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), and includes comparisons to Spring 2020 and 2021 wave responses.
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2021 Fiscal Health Report

Michigan local government officials report improved fiscal health after a year of COVID-19, but not yet back to pre-pandemic levels

December 2021: This report presents Michigan local government leaders’ assessments of their jurisdictions’ fiscal conditions and the actions they plan to take in the coming year given their financial situations. The findings are based on responses from 13 statewide survey waves of the MPPS conducted annually each spring from 2009 through 2021.
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Local leaders’ pessimism about Michigan’s direction continues, but eases slightly from last year

July 2022: This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding the direction in which the state is headed, as well as their evaluations of the job performance of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature. The findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the spring 2022 wave of the MPPS and tracking comparisons to previous spring waves.
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