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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.
March 2019 | Report 406 and Memorandum 1156 Public transportation is often viewed by policymakers and citizens as a social welfare program aimed at providing limited mobility for those with no other options. To attract “choice” riders and expand ...
February 2019 | Report 405 and Memorandum 1155 In 2015, Michigan enacted a funding package that will eventually generate $1.2 billion annually for state and local road projects. Even after it is fully implemented, the state will continue to be plague...
February 2019 | Report 404 and Memorandum 1154 With fewer K-12 students, some decline in Michigan’s teacher ranks is normal and inevitable. But it’s not that simple. Need is evident in urban regions and growing in some areas – English as a Seco...
The 2019 update to the Outline of the Michigan Tax System was released today. 2018 was a busy year for the tax system; but many of the changes were initiated external to the legislature. We’ve hit the 2018 highlights below, but for more in depth in...
Sometimes the pace of cultural change creeps up on you. It’s startling to think that just a few years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car and letting him drive you to your destination would have been crazy. To find another stranger on ...
Michigan’s status as a high tax state has changed over the past 17 years. The funding structure for Michigan local government — state revenue sharing, few local-options taxes — was developed with the assumption that state revenues w...
In a nutshell: Districts and charter schools are required by federal and state law to provide special education services. Governor Whitmer’s proposed FY2020 budget includes $120 million to increase state reimbursement of school special educatio...
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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