Follow The Money

February 11, 2005
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The Michigan Land Use Institute report offers 10 ways state government can improve its spending on economic development, and here are five of those.

  • Establish state land-use goals and spending priorities that help the state’s cities become better places to live and work, and conserve the farmland and countryside.

  • Establish economic incentives that foster regional planning by local governments and collaborate on appropriate development and proper use of their capital expenditures to follow those plans.

  • Authorize local governments to require that concurrency — defined as adequate roads, sewers, and other infrastructure — is in place before approving new developments.

  • Direct state financing for schools and other public facilities to urbanized areas whenever possible.

  • Reward local governments for capital spending that follows state land-use goals.

The full MLUI report can be read at www.mlui.org    

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