While Detroit’s “Grand Bargain” drew a lot of attention last week at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Phil Power answers the question, “What about the rest of the state?” Power is the president of The Center for Michigan, a centrist “think-and-do” tank that produces Bridge Magazine, one of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative partners.
Writing in the Holland Sentinel, Power says:
The plain fact is that Michigan’s entire system of financing local government is tottering on the brink of collapse. This is similar to what was happening with school finances, prior to Proposal A. With all that’s going on just now – battles over the roads, the Detroit “Grand Bargain” and the need to recess to campaign in the coming election, I doubt there is enough energy, will, and time this year for our lawmakers to step up to meet the challenge.