CHICAGO — As problems of local governments garner national attention, Michigan’s cities and towns continue to face significant stress, with half expecting more pressure next year, but some are starting to see slight improvement, according to a new report by the University of Michigan.

Nearly half, or 48%, of the state’s local governments said they are less able to meet their financial needs this year compared to fiscal 2010. That’s actually an improvement over the 61% who said that last year, the survey found. Meanwhile, 50% of local officials said they expect next year to be worse, down from 65% last year.

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