Daily Briefs

New Treasury website explains local government finances

Michigan residents can now view the fiscal health of communities across the state through the MI Community Financial Dashboard, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The new, easy-to-use website provides visual financial data about Michigan’s counties, townships, cities and villages through interactive maps, pie charts and graphs. Michiganders can view and compare local government revenues and expenditures, as well as long-term debt and unfunded pension liability costs.

“Local units of government are a critical component of our state’s infrastructure,” said Deputy State Treasurer Dr. Eric Scorsone, head of Treasury’s State and Local Finance Group. “This new website provides easily accessible information about the fiscal health of our municipalities. Residents, businesses and officials can search and compare a community’s finances to learn how taxes work. By becoming educated and informed, we can make great decisions for a prosperous Michigan.” 

The MI Community Financial Dashboard uses data local municipalities are required to report annually through state law.  The site was developed in collaboration and partnership with local governments and local municipal organizations.

To view the fiscal health of Michigan municipalities, go to MiCommunityFinancials.Michigan.govMiCommunityFinancials.Michigan.gov.

For updates on the MI Community Financial Dashboard follow @MiTreasLocalGov on Twitter.


AG trains assistant attorneys general, investigators on opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone

As the opioid overdose rate continues to climb in Michigan, the Department of Attorney General last week conducted a training session for assistant attorneys general and department investigators on the proper administration of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone.

“Fighting the opioid abuse epidemic is more than filing charges against dealers and manufacturers, it’s getting help for those struggling with addiction,” said Schuette. “I am proud of the members of my team that took part in today’s training. We have a responsibility to help those in need, and knowing how to save the life of someone overdosing from an opioid-based drug is part of that responsibility.”

The training was held in the department's Detroit office and was attended by 27 assistant attorneys general and investigators and done in conjunction with the Detroit-Wayne County Mental Health Authority.

According to statistics from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 1,365 people died as a result of an opioid overdose in 2016, compared to 884 in 2015 and 426 in 2012, meaning Michigan’s overdose rate has tripled since 2012.

Opioids, both prescription and illicit, are now the main driver of drug overdose deaths nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999.