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    Michigan: A State of Home Rule, Local Autonomy, and Emergency Managers

    Evan Gross

    As cities around the country show more signs of fiscal distress from years of economic downturn, and municipal bankruptcies become more common, Michiganders are paying much greater attention to our state’s policies for dealing with municipal fiscal stress. The extreme case of a local financial emergency in which an ...

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    Who is Next? Emergency Managers and Local Government Fiscal Stress

    Evan Gross

    There are two court cases this week that are being closely watched by policymakers and citizens on both sides of the Emergency Manager debate. As the Emergency Management program continues with Muskegon Heights School District getting an Emergency Manager and the Pontiac School District starting the process with a preliminary ...

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    National Context: History of Municipal Financial Crisis and Policy

    Evan Gross

    The biggest story in the media this past year has been the federal deficit and the resulting debt ceiling controversy that bitterly divided the country, stalled the economy, and resulted in a humiliating credit downgrade of the United States. However, under the radar, local governments across United States are playing out ...

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    Detroit Urban Agriculture

    Matt Grossmann

    Urban Agriculture is becoming more popular is cities across America, and has made a substantial impact on Detroit.   Urban agriculture in Detroit provides thousands of pounds of produce for Detroit families while also improving community relations.  Neighbors work together to turn vacant lots into thriving gardens that help improve the appearance ...

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    Ban the Box?

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    Its mission is brought up with only the best intentions, but many Michiganders are not feeling the same way. The proposal is simply titled "Ban the Box." Introduced earlier this month, Detroit's City Council has been laboring trying to draft up proposals to improve life on the outside for convicted felons. ...

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    An Interview with Brandon Jessup – Michigan Forward

    Evan Gross

    In a small windowless office in Downtown Detroit, the headquarters of Michigan Forward, a few volunteers and staff are currently checking more than 162,000 signatures against the Michigan Qualified Voter File in order to put Public Act 4 – The Emergency Manager Law- on the ballot for Michiganders to decide in ...

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