Primary Season State Profile: Michigan

Published by Peter Lawrence on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Median income fell in three-fourths of Michigan cities over the past five years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which also reported that in 2014, 16.2 percent of Michigan’s 9.9 million residents lived in poverty. More than 314,000 households in the state pay more than half their income on rent.


  • Presidential Primary: March 8, 2016
  • Number of delegates: 59 Republican/130 Democratic
  • Allocation method: Winner-take-most for Republicans, proportional for Democrats
  • 16 electoral votes
  • 2012 Results: President Barack Obama won Michigan by 54 percent to 45 percent over Mitt Romney.

Tax Credit Usage in Michigan

In January 2016, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority approved $118 million in its semi-annual allocation of low-income housing tax credit (LIHTCs) for 18 affordable rental housing developments containing 1,077 affordable rental homes. Twelve of the 18 were new construction. Of the allocations, nine went to developments catering to elderly residents and three were to rural developments. To understand Michigan’s LIHTC priorities, the state’s qualified allocation plan is here.

Blog Graph Snapshot: LIHTC Properties and Poverty Rates in Michigan
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The LIHTC, new markets tax credit (NMTC) and historic tax credit (HTC) have combined to assist in the addition of nearly 135,000 jobs in Michigan. For other impacts the credits have had in the state, see the table below.

Blog Chart LIHTC, NMTC and HTC Use in Michigan
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Renewable Energy Landscape

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that Michigan has 33 manufacturing facilities producing products for the wind energy industry. In 2014, the wind energy industry in Michigan supported between 3,000 and 4,000 jobs, either directly or indirectly.

There was 3 MW of solar capacity installed in Michigan in 2014. The state ranked 32nd nationally in 2014 installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The 18 MW of solar energy currently installed in Michigan ranks the state 31st in the country in installed solar capacity. SEIA says several large retailers in Michigan have gone solar, including General Motors and Ford. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 978 kW of solar capacity at their location in Canton. There are currently more than 202 solar companies at work in Michigan, employing 2,800 people.