TMCG Headlee Lawsuit

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The municipal finance system in Michigan is broken. 
TMCG's mission is to begin repairing our broken system by ensuring the State is in compliance with Michigan laws designed to protect local governments.

The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a decision in the Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government's lawsuit against the State of Michigan. The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 7, 2016 for violating the state Constitution by purposefully and continually miscalculating the minimum percentage payment to local governments as required by the Headlee Amendment, which has resulted in a shortfall of payments to municipalities that is well in excess of $1 Billion. The State’s actions have created a substantial burden on local units of government, who have had to make significant cuts to services and programs in order to stay solvent. As cities are forced to do more with less, programs are canceled and essential services (refuse pick-up, water treatment, infrastructure maintenance) suffer. This effects each and every Michigan resident. To read more about TMCG's lawsuit against the State click here

Latest News

  • Michigan Supreme Court Grants Order for Leave On July 1, 2020 the Michigan Supreme Court granted the TMCG application for leave to appeal. See the order below.MI Supreme Court Order
    Posted Jul 3, 2020, 4:55 PM by Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government
  • TMCG files application for Leave to Appeal In December the TMCG legal team filed an application for Leave to Appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court on Counts I and II in our case against the State. As ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2020, 10:47 AM by Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government
  • Court of Appeals issues decision in TMCG lawsuit The three judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals has rendered its opinion in our Headlee lawsuit. The Court ruled in our favor that payments by the State to ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2019, 3:43 AM by Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government
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