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The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are talking about. 
-Lent Upson, 1st Executive Director of CRC  

The media recognize that without a trusted, independent source of data and analysis, the flow of information about state and local government issues would be controlled by two sources -- the governmental units themselves and interest groups. CRC is that trusted source. Here are the latest articles in which CRC is cited:



February 2015

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  • Fix Planned To Correct Sales Tax Problem In Roads Plan
    Gongwer News Service, February 9, 2015
  • As currently constructed, that would create a mess for retailers who theoretically would have to determine whether or not to charge the sales tax and even ask customers filling up a gasoline can what the intended use of the purchase is. The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, as part of a broad analysis it is conducting on the road funding plan, noted the quirk and provided the information to Gongwer News Service.

  • We're all paying the high cost of child care
    Detroit Free Press, February 1, 2015
  • But unlike other states, Michigan has a higher threshold for eligibility and reimburses providers for a smaller portion of the cost, said Robert Schneider, director of state policy at the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council. Late last year, the CRC and Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants produced a report offering policy solutions to improve outcomes for Michigan kids from birth to age 3.

January 2015

  • Cringe over troubled water -- Flint's smelly dilemma
    Bridge Magazine, January 29, 2015
  • "More than any other issue, water affects almost everything," said Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group.

    The mayor and residents are looking to the right person for answers, Lupher said. In the line of accountability, Flint residents have to hold the governor responsible for the emergency manager's decisions because the people of Michigan voted for governor; they did not vote for emergency manager.

    "On the issue of responsibility, there probably isn't any legal responsibility for the state," Lupher said, "but the there certainly is a moral responsibility."

  • Revenue Sharing Recommendations On The Way
    MIRS News Service, January 23, 2015
  • The work on the recommendations dates back to September 2013. That's when the House Appropriations General Government Subcommittee formally asked the nonprofit Citizens Research Council to study the state's statutory revenue sharing scheme (See "Panel Requests Study On 'More Justifiable' Revenue-Sharing Plan," 9/10/13).

  • Stateside with Cynthia Canty
    Michigan Radio, January 21, 2015
  • CRC's Craig Thiel discusses the recently released paper about the economics of declining student enrollment.

  • Tony Conley Morning Show
    WILS, Tony Conley, January 20, 2015
  • CRC's Craig Thiel discusses the recently released paper about the economics of declining student enrollment.

  • Capital City Recap
    WILS, Michael Cohen, January 16, 2015
  • CRC's Craig Thiel discusses the recently released paper about the economics of declining student enrollment.

  • Policy org studies declining enrollment, school funding, suggests changes
    WKAR, Current State, January 15, 2015
  • CRC's Craig Thiel discusses the recently released paper about the economics of declining student enrollment.

  • Phil Power: Strengthen families to fortify the future
    Livingston Daily, January 15, 2015
  • Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing-based nonprofit research outfit, in collaboration with the Citizens Research Council, has been looking at nationwide evidence to see what works best, especially for poor, vulnerable, often single-parent families. So far, it appears that the best route to success is home visiting programs in which responsible, experienced and trained adults regularly visit families to help parents learn the kinds of parenting skills that result in successful brain development.



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