June 16, 2022
U-M helps launch review of government financial data standards
A pilot project involving U-M and others is exploring whether a new fiscal reporting mechanism for governmental entities can help create transparency — and prevent future financial crises.
March 17, 2022
Local government leaders support recycling, as state falls behind
Many Michigan local leaders report recycling is somewhat or very important to their community members, with 65% of officials from the state’s largest jurisdictions saying recycling issues are very important.
October 5, 2020
Michigan local officials confident 2020 elections will be accurate
Confidence in running accurate elections among Michigan local government leaders remains high, despite challenges posed by a pandemic and an expected high voter turnout, according to a U-M survey.
February 11, 2019
Perceptions play big role in how residents feel about wind energy
When local residents feel the planning process for building wind turbines is fair and open, their perceptions of the energy source remain steady or improve with time, according to a U-M study.
May 14, 2018
Most local jurisdictions follow master plan, but struggle with too few planners
Nearly half of Michigan’s largest local governments feel they have little staff capacity for land use planning and zoning, according to a survey from U-M researchers.
November 6, 2017
Statewide survey explores election problems, potential reforms
A majority of local officials are very confident in their jurisdiction’s ability to administer accurate elections, but areas that hold nearly half the state’s population were more likely to report problems.
May 5, 2017
‘Listen to us,’ local Michigan leaders tell Lansing in new survey
Many local government leaders across Michigan aren’t content with their jurisdiction’s relationship with state government, according to a new survey by U-M researchers.
July 9, 2015
Report shows personal weather observations guide global warming views
A new survey indicates global warming skeptics, as well as those who believe it is occurring, cite personal weather observations as a key reason for their views.
June 2, 2015
Poll shows most Americans support renewable-energy standards
Despite recent state-level attempts to repeal or weaken renewable-energy requirements, a U-M poll finds that a majority of Americans support such mandates.
March 18, 2015
Stronger ethics policies needed, local leaders say in poll
A new poll shows a majority of local officials in Michigan think their peers are mostly ethical, although just less than half would say the same about state legislators.