Michigan Municipal League

Michigan's economy has come back strong over the last few year, but you wouldn't know it from looking at some of our cities.
On Tuesday the Michigan Municipal League offered some solutions for what it calls a broken financial system.
The state has cut revenue-sharing with local governments by more than seven billion dollars since 2002. Dan Gilmartin says this leaves cities struggling to pay for things like road and police and fire protection.
"A lot of people feel as if we've turned the corner here in Michigan, you know, we've got more people employed and the big three are doing better and there's some good things happening in the tourist economy and all kinds of different areas so they think things are getting better and they might be getting better for state coffers but they're actually getting worse at the local level because of the system that we're in right now."
The report recommends the state help cities come up with more modern health care plans that will allow them to control costs and stay competitive with other employers.
It also asks that state infrastructure be doled out on a regional basis instead of basing it on county and city boundaries.
And it asks lawmakers to make up for the steep cuts made to revenue sharing in the last 15 years.