MPPS report on Gov. Snyder's Economic Vitality Incentive Program gives insight into what local leaders may expect from his second budget announcement

February 4, 2012
Local governments who saw their funding level from the state decrease under Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Economic Vitality Incentive Program in 2011 sometimes regained portions of that funding by enhancing accountability tools.

The latest Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), published February 1 by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), suggests many of them would be prepared to do so again as the governor prepares to announce his second budget this week.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the MPPS study on the Economic Vitality Incentive Program "showed the promise of additional money was a powerful incentive, as 90% of the 486 eligible local communities jumped at the chance to put online performance reports and a citizen's guide online in return for more funding. But less than half of the local leaders polled thought the online reports would improve government transparency or accountability."