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- Bankruptcy exit plan explores collecting taxes from residents working outside Detroit
Detroit News, February 24, 2014
Eric Lupher, director of local affairs for the Citizens Research Council, agreed, saying some communities in a similar situation would support state legislation putting the onus for collecting those taxes on employers outside their borders.
Citizens Need More Details From Plan of Adjustment
WDET Radio, February 21, 2014
The city of Detroit released its plan of adjustment, which proposes cuts to pensions and restructuring of city services. The plan is designed to help the city emerge from bankruptcy. WDET’s Sandra Svoboda spoke with Eric Lupher, Director of Local Affairs for Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
- Hartland task force calls for road tax
Daily Press & Argus, February 19, 2014
Task force members noted that the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has reported that Livingston County ranks last among all 83 of the state’s counties in per-capita road money received from Lansing.
- Detroiters without cars seek jobs in vain amid depopulated city
Crain's Detroit Business, February 18, 2014
Those gains push against a decades-long tide of blight and population loss that eroded the tax base. Detroit lost 78 percent of its retail businesses and 80 percent of its manufacturing base from 1972 to 2007 -- before the 18-month recession that began in December 2007 -- according to the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a public-policy nonprofit organization.
- Come Heller high water
MLive, January 31, 2014
Hint: The nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan says that, adjusting for inflation and retirement costs, revenue for other basic school spending is down nearly 9 percent from a decade ago
- Fiscal finaglers could evade Balanced Budget Amendment
Detroit News Blog, January 31, 2014
But as the Michigan Citizens Research Council noted in a 2009 report, more than $8 billion in one-time revenues and accounting gimmicks were used between fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2008 to produce "balanced" budgets.
- Mark Schauer targets right-to-work, penion tax and disputed K-12 cuts in Detroit rally
MLive Newspapers, January 28, 2014
Senate Fiscal Agency records show that overall education funding has increased since Snyder took office, but the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan notes that much of the extra funds have gone toward increased state contributions to retirement funds, rather than into classrooms.
- Snyder takes on K-12 funding 'misinformation'
AP story, January 26, 2014
The nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan says while the debate over funding K-12 education is nothing new, it has moved beyond the question of how much money is needed to "how much was received." The group says while state funding has risen significantly of late, it mostly helped to restore the lost stimulus aid and to meet growing unfunded retirement liabilities from the 2008-09 market collapse.
- Michigan's Budget Surplus May Prevent Cuts to School Funding
WEMU 89.1, January 14, 2014
Last year, the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan warned recent funding increases for schools and early childhood programs might not be sustainable. It estimated they would create a $240 million hole in the state’s School Aid Budget.
- Citizens Research Council looks at the process of ballot initiatives in MichiganE
WDET, January 10, 2014
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- Dissolve troubled school districts with care
Detroit News, January 2, 2014
Last summer, under the authority of a new state law, state officials dissolved two school districts. Their pupils were assigned to neighboring systems. But a thoughtful new study by the Michigan Citizens Research Council suggests that this tactic should be used sparingly.
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