"The right to criticize government is also an
obligation to know what you are talking about."
Lent Upson, first director of the Citizens Research Council
Welcome To Michigan's Oldest & Most Respected 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.
2017 Citizens Research Council of Michigan Policy Dinner
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.
May 2016 | Report 393 Introduction For more than two decades, scientific research has increasingly revealed the critical importance of the first years of a child’s life on cognitive, emotional, and physical development. This scientific evi...
2013 Revenue Comparison: Michigan and the U.S. Average Memorandum 1140, May 2016 United States Census Bureau data show that Michigan has evolved from a high tax state to a below average state over the past three decades. This change can partly be att...
Citizens Research Council of Michigan 100 YEARS: MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK Spring 1916 in Detroit got off to a bad start. During the night of March 21 and into the next day, nearly 10 inches of snow fell on the city in a record springtime storm, giving t...
Outline of the Michigan Tax System 2016 Update Once again, tax policy discussions during 2015 were dominated by the Legislature’s efforts to come to an agreement on a long-term plan to increase revenues for Michigan’s increasingly deteriorating r...
June’s Brexit vote was a stark example of the need for a process of educating voters as part of the initiative process. In Great Britain, sufficient numbers of electors signed a petition to place the question of leaving the European Union on the ba...
Over CRC’s 100 year history, it has made an outsized impact for such a small organization. This is the eighth in a series of blog posts highlighting CRC’s top projects and reports since its inception in 1916. The development of a network of l...
Over CRC’s 100 year history, it has made an outsized impact for such a small organization. This is the seventh in a series of blog posts highlighting CRC’s top projects and reports since its inception in 1916. In 2013, Citizens Research Counci...
Over CRC’s 100 year history, it has made an outsized impact for such a small organization. This is the sixth in a series of blog posts highlighting CRC’s top projects and reports since its inception in 1916. The most striking aspect of 20 year...
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
JOIN THE CITIZENS RESEARCH COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN'S MAILING LIST