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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.
Report 394, December 2016 Summary The financial plight of the Michigan state government during the first decade of this century (hereafter referred to as “Michigan’s single state recession”) has been well documented. Reduced economic activity...
Memorandum 1143, October 2016 November Proposal On November 8, voters in Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Macomb Counties will vote on a proposal that would empower the recently created Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) to levy a n...
CRC Note 2016-02, October 2016 This report is a follow up to State Support of Nonpublic School Students, Memorandum 1126, January 2014 In January 2014, the Citizens Research Council reported on Michigan’s “shared time” arrangement that allows s...
Memorandum 1142, September 2016 In Brief Patient health outcomes, patient experiences, and costs each are threatened by trends in Michigan’s healthcare services. Chronic health concerns coupled with expanded Medicaid and health insurance coverage a...
In a nutshell: Federal tax reform removed Michigan’s personal exemption The Legislature wants to restore and increase the exemption Budget concerns could create problems When President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law...
This guest column was featured in the January 25, 2018 Lansing State Journal Gov. Rick Snyder’s eighth and final State of the State address was very much a swan song, contrasting today’s Michigan to the one he inherited in 2011 – short on new i...
On January 11th, federal health officials gave the go-ahead for states to experiment with new work requirements in the Medicaid program through Section 1115 demonstrations. This change represents a dramatic shift in federal policy for the 50-year-old...
While enrollment growth in Michigan’s public charter schools has leveled off in recent years, updated estimates for the current school year show that total charter school enrollment in the state will experience its first decline since charters were...
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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