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The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Spring 2009 Data Tables

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Summary tables for questionnaire items from the Spring 2009 wave of the MPPS broken down by jurisdiction type, population size, and region of the state (Note: these data exclude partial surveys, which may be added at a later time):

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    Fiscal Health

  1. Good or Bad Times in the coming year?
    1. Better or Less Able to meet jurisdiction’s needs this fiscal year than last
    2. Better or Less Able to meet jurisdiction’s needs next fiscal year than this
  2. Changes from the Last Fiscal Year to the Current Fiscal Year

    1. Change in jurisdiction’s revenue from property tax
    2. Change in jurisdiction’s revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc
    3. Change in jurisdiction’s revenue from local income taxes
    4. Change in amount of federal aid to jurisdiction
    5. Change in amount of state aid to jurisdiction
    6. Change in jurisdiction’s population
    7. Change in jurisdiction’s public safety needs
    8. Change in jurisdiction’s infrastructure needs
    9. Change in jurisdiction’s human service needs
    10. Change in jurisdiction’s employee wages and salaries
    11. Change in jurisdiction’s cost of employee pensions
    12. Change in jurisdiction’s cost of current employee health benefits
    13. Change in jurisdiction’s cost of retired employee health benefits
  3. Expected Changes from the Current Fiscal Year to the Next Fiscal Year

    1. Projected change in property tax rates
    2. Projected change in charges for fees, licenses, etc.
    3. Projected change in reliance on ending balance or reserve
    4. Projected change in amount of services provided
    5. Projected change in amount of debt
    6. Projected change in privatizing or contracting out of services
    7. Projected change in number and/or scope of interlocal agreements
    8. Projected change in jurisdiction’s workforce hiring
    9. Projected change in jurisdiction’s workforce layoffs
    10. Projected change in jurisdiction filling vacant positions
    11. Projected change in actual infrastructure spending
    12. Projected change in actual public safety spending
    13. Projected change in funding for economic development programs
  4. Public Participation

    1. Public participation in budget setting process through public forums
    2. Public participation in budget setting process through budget public hearings
    3. Public participation in budget setting process through special sessions of board or council
    4. Public participation in budget setting process through regular sessions of board or council
    5. Public participation in budget setting process through individual contacts to local officials
    6. Public participation in budget setting process through citizen surveys
    7. Summary - Public participation in budget setting process, by any means
  5. Economic Development - Assets and Barriers

    1. Availability of land as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    2. Cost of land as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    3. Availability of buildings as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    4. Information technology infrastructure as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    5. Traditional infrastructure as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    6. Availability of appropriate workforce as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    7. Cost of labor as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    8. Presence of major employers as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    9. Entrepreneurial culture as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    10. Availability of capital/funding as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    11. Tax rates as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    12. Distance to major markets as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    13. Permitting process(es) as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    14. Environmental regulations as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    15. Citizen input as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    16. Input of change in population as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    17. Cost of housing as a barrier or an asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    18. K-12 education system as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    19. Vocational and higher education system as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    20. Recreational facilities as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    21. Arts/cultural programs as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
    22. Traffic congestion as a barrier or asset to jurisdiction’s economic development
  6. Economic Development - Strategies

    1. Use of local or regional business incubator as economic development strategy
    2. Use of economic development agency as economic development strategy
    3. Tax abatements as economic development strategy
    4. Infrastructure upgrades as economic development strategy
    5. Workforce development programs as economic development strategy
    6. Child care programs as economic development strategy
    7. Tourism promotion as economic development strategy
    8. Surveys of local businesses as economic development strategy
    9. Marketing campaigns as economic development strategy
    10. Partnering with other nongovernmental organizations as economic development strategy
    11. Partnering with other local governments as economic development strategy
    12. Special zoning districts as economic development strategy
    13. Summary - Use of any listed economic development strategies
  7. Economic Development - Sectors of Focus

    1. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Retail
    2. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Manufacturing
    3. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Small business
    4. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Finance
    5. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Arts/Culture
    6. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Film Industry
    7. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Tourism/Hospitality
    8. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Education
    9. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Health Care
    10. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Life Sciences
    11. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Energy
    12. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Forestry and Agriculture
    13. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Technology/Telecommunications
    14. Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts—Warehousing/Distribution
    15. Summary - Sectors that are a focus of current economic development efforts
  8. Economic Development - Placemaking as a Strategy

  9. Engaging in placemaking programs for economic development purposes
  10. Confidence in placemaking as an economic development strategy
  11. Economic Development - Types of Assistance Needed

    1. External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development—Financing
    2. External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development—Information about best practices
    3. External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development—Community Assessment
    4. External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development—Strategic Planning Assistance
    5. External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development—Grant Information
    6. External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development—Grant writing assistance
    7. External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development—Improving local development organizations’ capacity
    8. Summary - External assistance or resources that would be most valuable to help with economic development
  12. Trust in Government

  13. Amount of time you can trust the federal government do to what is right
  14. Amount of time you can trust the state government to do what is right
  15. Amount of time you can trust other local governments to do what is right
  16. Regional Cooperation

    1. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in land use planning
    2. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in transportation/public transit
    3. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in police services
    4. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in fire services
    5. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in utilities/waste/water treatment
    6. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in parks/recreation/libraries/culture
    7. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in economic development
    8. Involved in intergovernmental or regional efforts in emergency preparedness
    1. Current involvement in joint planning efforts as part of regional land use planning
    2. Current involvement in council of governments within county as part of regional land use planning
    3. Current involvement in county-led planning efforts as part of regional land use planning
    4. Current involvement in multi-county council of governments as part of regional land use planning
    5. Summary - Current involvement as part of regional land use planning
  17. Level of involvement in regional land use planning
  18. Current organizations can handle a new regional planning effort or a new organization would be required
  19. Federal Stimulus Package

  20. Knowledge about the opportunities available from the Stimulus Package
  21. Estimate of total requested stimulus funding for jurisdiction that has been approved
  22. Portion of projects that would have been undertaken regardless of the possibility of stimulus funding
  23. Stimulus Package will improve the economy

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