A group that calls itself "Priorities Michigan" blames Michigan lawmakers for financial problems in local governments.

East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, speaking for this group, declares there is a "direct correlation between the numbers of cities who are struggling to make ends meet and the Legislature's decision to balance the state's budget on the backs of local units of government."

Priorities Michigan derives this from a report from the non-partisan Citizen Research Council which says that says the state government's tax revenues increased by $1.2 billion between 2009-2012, while local tax revenues declined by $1.1 billion.