JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Revenue sharing in Michigan is broken. At least that’s what representatives from the Michigan Municipal League are saying. It’s a trend that’s been happening for years. Michigan is losing money and it’s affecting Jackson. According to the Michigan Municipal League strong legislation is needed to get back on track.
“We have a really broken system here in Michigan. It was built for a different time. It was built for a different economy and it’s really time to take a fresh look at it and build something that will track with the economy. Not just down, but up and really make our communities in a position to succeed,” said Michigan Municipal League Chief Operating Officer Tony Minghine.
That system cost Jackson and the state real resources.
Minghine said, “going back to 2002, Jackson alone has lost $19 million during that time and in the region Jackson has lost $40 million. So, that’s real money. Statewide is $7.5 billion they’ve lost.”
Meaning that lost revenue has cut back on public safety such as police and fire.
City of Jackson Councilmember (3rd Ward) Dan Greer said, “we had to make major cuts during that time. We consolidated the city from 17 departments down to 9. We had to lay off policemen and firemen and other employees.”
Bottom line, both men believe new legislation is needed in Lansing.
“We’re hoping that everyday citizens will speak with their legislators and say, ‘why can’t we fund our local communities that are trying to make attractive places that we can attract businesses to come,'” said Greer.