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Most Michigan city council members and township board members would laugh if they read this.

They need to communicate with the people they represent on a daily basis about their local unit of government's ability to provide services is changing.  That change is a fact of life in Michigan as revenues are locked in a death dive because of the near death of the auto industry. 

What's going to change on the local level?

Services like police and fire will be affected for many.  But there will be other changes.

Read this story from this morning's Detroit Free Press about how cities in southeast Michigan are being affected.

Local government leaders are not used to the new media and the new communication paradigms.  They need to start changing their attitudes and practices and they need to start now.

If they don't, the phone calls and bad vibes from constituents will only skyrocket.