Economic and Fiscal Assessment of a Change in Residency Requirements in the City of Detroit

Patrick L. Anderson

An analysis of the 1999 residency requirement imposed by the city of Detroit.

Michigan Business Climate Benchmarking Study

Patrick L. Anderson, Ian K. Clemens & Christine Reading

Establish Michigan’s Benchmark industries against competing cities

The Public School Academy Funding Gap: Revenue disparities between “charter” schools and public schools in Michigan

Patrick L. Anderson, Scott D. Watkins, & Christopher S. Cotton

Analysis of costs and benefits associated with charter schools, vs. public schools.

Location Advantages for an Auto Supplier Exchange Firm

Patrick L. Anderson, Ian K. Clemens

AEG conducts market research to determine the best location for Covisint.

The Tax Burdens of The Michigan Single Business Tax

Patrick L. Anderson and Ilhan K. Geckil

This report analyzes the Single Business Tax under current law and proposed changes to the tax.

Prefunding the Sales Tax in Michigan

Patrick L. Anderson

AEG conducts an analysis of the Michigan “Prefunding” tax law.

Commerce Clause & Twenty-First Amendment Analysis: Midwest Beverage Distributor

Case Study:
Commerce Clause & Twenty-First Amendment Analysis
Midwest Beverage Distributor


One of the Midwest’s largest distributors of beer, wine, and spirits, serving 36,000 locations in multiple states, had a Michigan affiliate that was prevented from full participation in the Michigan spirits distribution market due to a provision in the Michigan Liquor Control Code. 

Anderson Economic Group was retained by the distributor to provide expert analysis for a suit filed against the state of Michigan. Out team prepared a preliminary report and affidavit which described how the state law was violating the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. The report discussed the peculiarities of the wine industry; the importance of nationally-established standards and laws in all types of commerce; and the intersection between the XXI Amendment and the Commerce Clause.

After a unsatisfactory hearing at the district court level, our client is considering an appeal, based partially on the factual record established by our report.

Public School Per-Pupil Funding Disparity Analysis: Equity in Education Foundation

Case Study:
Public School Per-Pupil Funding Disparity Analysis
Equity in Education Foundation – Michigan


The Equity in Education Foundation was established by the Word of Faith International Christian Center to address the inequality of per-pupil funding between Michigan’s public school districts.

Anderson Economic Group helped the Foundation understand the constitutional argu­ment against funding inequality, and organize legal and public relations campaigns. As part of this process, AEG issued a report analyzing the funding characteristics of all public and charter school districts within the state. The analysis included a comparison between Michigan’s “hold-harmless” school districts and non hold-harmless districts, a look at the change in disparity since the passage of Proposal A in 1994, an assessment of the relationship between different types of funding and student performance, and a geo-spatial analysis of funding information through the use of our Geographic Information System (GIS) facility.

Property Tax Analysis; Federal and State Non-Profit Regulatory Advice: PG&E Generating – Michigan

Case Study:
Property Tax Analysis
Federal and State Non-Profit Regulatory Advice
PG&E Generating – Michigan 


PG&E Generating is a national energy provider that owns and operates merchant generating plants across the country.

Anderson Economic Group assisted PG&E by conducting an economic assessment of a proposed development site. The assessment was used by PG&E, as well as the local community, to secure a tax free Renaissance Zone designation for the site. Furthermore, we provided a sophisticated analysis of the likely property tax burden on the $500 million project. We created a simulation model to project tax bur­dens under various scenarios, and identified specific strategies to minimize tax costs. We also identified tax levies that were outside legal limits.

Finally, we assisted PG&E in identifying the proper structure for a $1 mil­lion contribution to aid the citizens of the local area, given state and federal laws regarding tax-exempt organizations, and eligibility for state tax credits.

Business Climate Surveying: State of Wisconsin


The State of Wisconsin, as part of an effort to ensure economic growth, retained Anderson Economic Group to research the business climate through a survey of business leaders, and to prepare a report on the survey results and strategy recommendations.

AEG worked with Mitchell Research & Communications, an East Lansing, Michigan market research firm, to develop and implement a research strategy to collect qualitative and quantitative data. This included surveying nearly 400 business leaders, and collecting demographic, market, policy, and business operation data. The data was then analyzed, and strategies formulated to help the State maintain and attract employers.

The final report was presented to state policymakers, including Governor McCallum, for use in the development of a statewide plan.