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
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.
The Cities of Centerline, Eastpointe, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and Warren, Michigan are located just north of Detroit, and are among the largest cities in the metro Detroit region. The attorneys for the Cities retained Anderson Economic Group after an insurance company filed suit against the Cities.
A statistical survey was introduced into evidence by the plaintiff to demonstrate the behavior of the residents of the communities in years previous to the filing of the lawsuit. Anderson Economic Group provided expert analysis, a report, and testimony in deposition on the defects in the methodology used for the survey. The analysis included extensive review of the proper statistical methodology used in survey research, identification of sources and forms of bias, and a monte-carlo demonstration model showing how the proper methodology differed from that followed by the creator of the submitted survey.
In one of the largest judgments of its kind, the Cities were awarded $207 million in damages and compound interest in January of 2002.
I-70 Widening Project
Economic and Market Analysis – Columbia, Missouri
Anderson Economic was commissioned by The Economic Development Research Group of Boston to study the effects of widening the I-70 freeway in Columbia Missouri. The EDR group requested that AEG complete an analysis of the possible relocation of businesses that were to be demolished during the freeway construction project.
The Missouri Department of Transportation, with the assistance of several consulting firms, is currently preparing plans for the future widening and reconstruction of I-70 across the state from St. Louis to Kansas City. In Columbia, MoDOT has determined that widening I-70 in its present location is the best course of action based on traffic projections and input from a citizen advisory group and the general public.
Anderson Economic Group provided a detailed analysis concerning the impact of widening the I-70 freeway in Columbia, Missouri . The widening project will affect businesses in the right-of-way of the freeway. These businesses will be displaced and special consideration was given regarding the relocation viability of the businesses. The analysis placed special emphasis on how the project would impact employment by category, relocation concerns, and appraisal values in the study area.
AEG presented the findings of the report to the City of Columbia and they used our analysis to minimize the impact of the widening project on existing businesses.
Anderson, Geckil, Watkins
A report on the economic benefits of Wayne State University
Patrick L. Anderson, Christopher S. Cotton, Christine A. LeNet
The report quantifies the size of the industry in terms of employment, establishments, and payroll. It also assesses areas of the technology industry that signal future advances, such as R&D spending and patent awards, and takes a closer look at the defense and homeland secutiry technology industry