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For 100 years, the objective of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been to provide factual, unbiased independent information on significant issues concerning state and local government organization and finance. CRC believes that the use of this information by policymakers will lead to sound, rational public policy in Michigan.
Stabilized State Budget and Rainy Day Fund Deposits Improve State’s Cash Position State Budget Note 2012-01, February 2012 While the State of Michigan’s final audited figures for Fiscal Year 2011 are not complete, recent evidence suggests that st...
2009 Tax Revenue Comparison: Michigan and the U.S. Average Memo 1111 ( February 2012 ) 18 pages The Citizens Research Council of Michigan has released its analysis of recently released U.S. Census Bureau state and local government finance data. The C...
Report 375 | January 2012 Summary Michigan’s structure of local government is characterized by a quilt of townships with cities and villages sprinkled among the townships. Because each of these local governments acts as an autonomous unit, there is...
Education Reform: Pre and Post Employment Teacher Training Report 374 ( January 2012 ) 42 pages This paper examines teacher training both before and after certification and employment. Recent research demonstrates the importance of teachers to studen...
Today, both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press both reported that nine Wayne County communities were asking for a declaratory judgment to clarify whether they can and/or should be capturing revenues from the Detroit Zoo 0.1 mill tax levy. A CRC ...
The Michigan legislature is currently considering a number of election reform bills (House Bills 6058 to 6053). Among other changes, these bills would alter Michigan’s current process for recalling elected officials. Among the changes contempla...
Question: Explain to me how opponents of Proposal 2 determine that the proposal will make buses unsafe and schools unable to fire felons as claimed in recent ads. Answer: Proposal 2 says that “No existing or future law of the State or its polit...
A July 12 Detroit News editorial cites CRC’s recent revenue sharing report and highlights the finding that the policy shift from unrestricted revenue sharing to incentive-based state funding to encourage changes in local government behavior ...
Your knowledge and ability to distill the key issues in an easily understood manner is indeed impressive. As a long-time member of the Michigan School Business Officials, and current president, I look forward to your presentations and updates. They are thoughtful, balanced, and accurate. To say that you are a credible source on state finances is an understatement.
Timothy Raymer Assistant Superintendent, Grandville Public Schools
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan -- the folks that bring you all those great non-partisan reports and data on Michigan government, laws, etc. are finally up and running on the web and it was worth the wait. This is a great site. Low-key graphics, great indexing, plenty of content including all their reports, research and memos...This is an invaluable tool...
Debbie Gallagher, Government Information Specialist Michigan Electronic Library, University of Michigan
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been providing unbiased analysis of public issues since 1916. It is one of this state's indispensable institutions... The CRC's supporters recognize the need for impartial and nonpartisan analysis of local and state policy and fiscal issues... The value of the CRC over the years has been that it is private and independent of political party or ideology.
The Detroit News
Dear CRC, Thank you for all the fine work you do. I'm a long time reader of you analyses and am a better citizen because of it.
George Matthews Retired School Teacher
I have had a long relationship using the publications of the Citizens Research Council...you do a lot of good work here and we appreciate the support that keeps this operation so vital and relevant to the debates in Lansing, to Michigan's economic future, and to Michigan's future, period.
Honorable John Engler Former Michigan Governor
The Citizens Research Council strives, without regard to political party or agenda, to frame educational issues in a balanced and thought-provoking context. Its consistent record of objectivity and thoroughness has made the CRC a high quality and immensely credible resource for policymakers at the state and local leadership levels. You can always count on CRC's findings to be solid and trustworthy.
Mike Flanagan Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction
Fortunately, we have here in Michigan an admirable entity known as the Citizens Research Council. CRC often comes to the rescue in public policy disputes and has demonstrated an acute ability to separate fact from fiction.
Glenn Gilbert Oakland Press
The non-aligned Citizens Research Council of Michigan is a group with no particular axes to grind that we can see. Their bare-bones, passionless and objective studies of Michigan's ballot proposals might prove very helpful to interested voters wanting to make the most informed possible choices.
Since 1916, the CRC has been an advocate of state and local "good government." The Research Council's studies of policy and administrative practice in Michigan win national prizes for excellence, and universal respect from the best of our state and local leaders.
Michael Meagher Fowlerville News/Review
Nonpartisan, accurate, unbiased and credible research on key issues, from school vouchers to Internet sales tax to better ways to finance highway construction to ideas for eliminating the blight of abandoned, tax-reverted properties in Michigan's older cities.
Mary Kramer Crain's Detroit Business
[Escanaba Schools Superintendent Tom] Smith respects the findings of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. "It's a pretty good group, well-respected, nonpartisan," he said. "Its opinions have been valued by both Democrats and Republicans as they formulate state policy"and by teachers and administrators alike."
Daily Press, Escanaba
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