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Responding to budget surplus vs. deficit: the preferences of Michigan’s local leaders and citizens

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December 2015


This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders and Michigan citizens on the question of policy preferences when local governments face either budget deficits or budget surpluses. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2015 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) as well as data from Cobalt Community Research’s 2015 National Citizen Engagement and Priority Assessment.

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