Local government administrative spending in Michigan has remained very flat, even as peer and “Top Ten” states have increased their spending on payroll.

What It Is: Local government payroll spending per resident.

Why It Matters: Government payrolls are an indicator of the expanse and quality of government services offered. However, high payroll figures can also indicate large administrative costs and inefficiency.

Local Government Payroll Spending Trends

Local Government Payroll Spending Standings

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of State and Local Government Finances