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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.

Upcoming Events

Webinar – Everything you need to know about Proposal 3 – Voting Rights

DATE & TIME October 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. Proposal 3, a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on the November 6 statewide ballot in Michigan, would embed a number of voting rights elements in the Michigan Constitution, affecting how people can register to vote, the voting process, and post-election audits. While some of these issues are...

Webinar – Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments: Gerrymandering in Michigan

DATE & TIME: September 25, 2018, 2pm Join Michigan State University Extension to hear a presentation from Jordon Newton of the Citizens Research Council on the state of gerrymandering in Michigan. With a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that would change the way Michigan does redistricting, this webinar will provide a...

Webinar – Everything you need to know about Proposal 2 – Redistricting Reform

DATE & TIME October 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. Proposal 2, a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on the November 6 statewide ballot in Michigan, would change the way congressional and legislative districts are redrawn after each census. An independent commission would be established and criteria for the creation of districts would be reest...

Latest Publications

Statewide Ballot Proposal 2018-3 — Voting Rights

Memorandum 1151 | September 2018 Voting and access to the ballot are fundamental to a thriving, well-functioning democracy. While all citizens have a responsibility to vote on Election Day, it falls to the government to ensure that all aspects of the...

Statewide Ballot Proposal 2018-2 — Redistricting

Memorandum 1150 | September 2018 The redistricting process affects the core components of a representative democracy. It determines what candidates people are able to vote for and who an elected representative represents. The term “gerrymandering...

Quantifying the Level of Gerrymandering in Michigan

Memo 1148 and Report 402 | June 2018 In a Nutshell The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that partisan gerrymandering is subject to judicial review, but has not accepted a standard that can be used to evaluate whether any state redistricting plan violates...

Blog: Research Column

Is Proposal 3 Michigan’s last stop on the straight-party voting merry-go-round?

In a nutshell Michigan voters have been able to vote a straight-party option for 127 years A recent federal court decision upheld the state’s 2015 straight party voting ban; voters will not have the option at the November 2018 general election Prop...

Paid Sick Time Ballot Proposal Becomes Law; What’s Ahead for Michigan?

In a nutshell: Michigan lawmakers adopted a citizen-initiated law requiring employers to provide paid sick time to all employees, effectively keeping the proposal off of the November ballot and making it easier to amend in the future. The paid sick t...

A Tax by Any Other Name is Still a Tax

In a nutshell: The Snyder administration’s proposal for raising revenues to address Michigan’s water infrastructure needs would have every customer attached to a public water system contribute annually to a water infrastructure fund. The ...

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    Former Michigan Governor

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    Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction

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