By JASON KRAFT
Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan ranked ninth in a recent national survey assessing how well each state government buys stuff. The report in Governing, a news organization that reports on state and local government, found that Michigan ranked first in performance measures and fourth in how well it administers contracts. Those are good marks, according to Liz Farmer, author of the study on state procurement. Government procurement is a process to maximize efficiency in large-scale transactions involving a public agency. It’s important that it’s done well because it’s how the government spends taxpayers’ money, Farmer said.