Across the state, communities are leveraging the opportunity for historic local investments as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). See how municipalities and counties across the state are using available funding in our ARPA tracker. Combining US Treasury data and information direct from municipalities, this first of its kind database goes beyond state funding to track projects funded by local, municipal ARPA investments.
For access to the full dataset powering the Scout Institute's ARPA Tracker, download here. For the total amount of funding allocated to each community, see the official ARPA allocations by city / municipality or county, available for download here.
#CorporateTaxCutsAren'tFree: A three-part plan to stop corporate tax giveaways
and re-invest in Michigan communities.
Public investment in people and communities is the single best way to grow the economy. But instead, over the last few decades Michigan and other states across the country have chosen a strategy of corporate tax cuts that simply do not work to stimulate the economy. And they've done so at the expense of corporate income tax revenue that could've otherwise been invested in middle and lower income earners and families that need those most, or in community infrastructure, education, and public health—each of which have suffered under the 'trickle down' economic policy of the few dozen years.
For more information on all the research done to prove corporate tax cuts just don't work, see Section 2, Bottom Up Prosperity, beginning on Page 4 of our full report here. The bottom line, though, is in longitudinal analysis done in countries around the world, those employing tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy failed to grow their economies. The only verifiable result was an increase in inequality. Just like we've seen in Michigan.
A History of Disinvestment in Michigan Communities & a Different Path Forward
After decades of economic policy that doesn't work for Michigan, there's a new course being charted with the promise of public investment and limitless possibility.
Revenue options to fund our future.
Economic policy in states across America has driven disinvestment in our people and our communities. The legislative agenda in Michigan over the last few decades is a prime example. As a result, Michigan communities are struggling, median incomes are falling, and outcomes in infrastructure and education are trailing behind the nation. But it doesn't have to be this way.
We can make high-impact investments through public spending that return $1.3+ on the dollar invested, drive broad prosperity, and set us up for the kind of future we want to live in. And we can afford to do it.