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Public Policy Research Organization

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.

Citizens Research Council Centennial

Having been originally organized in 1916, 2016 marks 100 years of operation for the Citizens Research Council. We have events planned, a history of the organization is in the works, and associations and governments are sending congratulatory comments. Please help us celebrate this accomplishment throughout the year.

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NEW Job Posting - State Policy Expert

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN REPOSTED ALLOWING FOR LESS EXPERIENCED APPLICANTS: The Citizens Research Council of Michigan is seeking a research associate to join our team in performing nonpartisan, independent analysis of state and local public policy in Michigan. The person applying for this position should have an interest in state finances and the state budget process, an ability to analyze state taxes and programs, possess strong speaking skills, and be able to respond to inquiries from media members and others.

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Latest Publications

Fire Grosse Pointe

Consolidation of Police and Fire Services in the City of Grosse Pointe, Michigan Report 250, July 1976   INTRODUCTION The City of Grosse Pointe is one of six suburbs which occupy the extreme northeast corner of Wayne County.  They have a combined population of 78,950 people in an area of 14.8 square miles, according to the 1970 population data supplied by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.  These six communities are participants in both police and fire mutual aid pacts and all...

THE OAKLAND COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION

THE OAKLAND COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION report 247 Gentlemen   Pursuant to your request the Research Council has undertaken a comprehensive study of the organization and operations of the Oakland County Road Commission.  The attached report presents our findings and recommendations.  The Research Council did not undertake a separate study of the purchasing operations of the road commission since the board had contracted with Arthur Young and Company for a management study of that activity.  W...

Detroit School District Finances

DETROIT SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCES Council Comments No. 829, March 19, 1970 On January 27, 1970, seven months after the beginning of the fiscal year, the Detroit board of education passed a budget for the 1969-70 year which contemplates a $16 million deficit. It seems probable that the financial stability of the Detroit school district will be seriously affected by the outcome of budgetary operations for the 1969-70 year. A financial problem began to take shape in the 1967-68 year when the Detroit...

Detroit School District Finances

DETROIT SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCES Council Comments No. 829, March 19, 1970 On January 27, 1970, seven months after the beginning of the fiscal year, the Detroit board of education passed a budget for the 1969-70 year which contemplates a $16 million deficit. It seems probable that the financial stability of the Detroit school district will be seriously affected by the outcome of budgetary operations for the 1969-70 year. A financial problem began to take shape in the 1967-68 year when the Detroit...

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    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

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    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.


    Muskegon Chronicle

  • 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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