Lawmakers to Snyder: Kick Macomb Twp. trustee Bucci in corruption scandal out of office
Detroit Free Press, April 19, 2018
Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, said while he is not a lawyer, from a plain person’s reading of the law and the constitution, it appears that an indictment for federal bribery charges would constitute malfeasance or misfeasance in office, allowing the governor to play a role in removing a public official.
“We don’t do this on a regular basis,” Lupher said, adding that officials often have “fallen on their sword before the governors taken action.”
It’s Time To Get Serious About Michigan’s Infrastructure
Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroiter Magazine, March/April 2018
Guest Column by Eric Lupher
Snyder takes aim at program steering public money to private schools
Detroit Free Press, April 9, 2018
Craig Thiel, the research director at the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council, which has been ringing alarms about the shared time expansion, says additional oversight could help the state better define what constitutes “core” courses.
Big business grows from shared classes
Crain’s Detroit Business, April 1, 2018
“Brighton and Berkley have just figured out they can be a staffing agency for these private schools,” said Craig Thiel, research director at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Chamber: Michigan Medicaid expansion ‘out of control’
Detroit News, March 22, 2018
Policy analysts writing for groups such as the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan and the conservative Heritage Foundation have warned that Medicaid work requirements “won’t work” because of likely difficulties enforcing and administering the program. Most able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries already work, according to the national Kaiser Family Foundation.
Roads, Money And The “Third Rail” Of Michigan’s Pothole Crisis
WMUK, March 21, 2018
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan says part of the reason Michigan’s roads continue to crumble is that the formula the state uses for distributing money for road repair is complex, and inefficient.
Leaders Concur More Resources Needed; Finding Them Not So Easy
MIRS News, March 20, 2018
That was the consensus of a leadership forum hosted this morning on the state of Michigan’s roads, sponsored by MIRS, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The Capital City Recap with Ed Rivet
WILS Radio, March 20, 2018
Citizens Research Council Research Director, Craig Thiel, discusses the inefficiencies of Act 51 for highway funding.
Here’s Why Moving People Off Healthy MI Costs The State More
MIRS News, March 19, 2018
Asked if this issue was anticipated, Pallone said, “I don’t think it was anticipated.” Tim MICHLING, a research associate with the Citizens Research Council (CRC), said it probably wasn’t realized at the time how cost-effective Medicaid could be.
The Capital City Recap with Ed Rivet
WILS Radio, March 19, 2018
Citizens Research Council President, Eric Lupher, discusses financial stress in Michigan suburban communities.
How does MDOT decide which roads to fix first?
Michigan Radio, March 19, 2018
On that note, Craig Thiel, research director for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, believes taxpayers aren’t going to get the bang for their buck, thanks to Michigan’s outdated road funding formula that he says doesn’t address the way we use our roads today.
Recruiting physicians to rural Northern Michigan takes diligence
Petoskey News-Review, March 19, 2018
At the same time, an aging population is demanding more primary care services, while an increasing number of physicians are retiring due to age, a study by the nonprofit Lansing-based Citizens Research Council reported.
The same report, citing a 2012 survey of Michigan physicians, noted 46 percent said they plan to leave medicine within a decade.
Ousting Macomb County clerk Spranger from plum job rests on: Did she lie?
Detroit Free Press, March 19, 2018
The hearing that starts today revolves around the dilapidated bungalow in Warren that Spranger inherited from her mother, and where county authorities said she could not have been living on the day in April 2016 when she filed to run for clerk. What Cusumano called a “technicality” actually is a cornerstone of election law, said Eric Lupher, president of the Michigan Citizens Research Council, a nonpartisan think tank in Livonia.
When running for elective office in virtually every state, a candidate must designate where he or she lives by signing an affidavit, a legal form that creates a sworn record admissible in court.
“It’s a matter akin to contract law. You’re making a legal representation that this fact is true,” Lupher said.
Philanthropy as Economic Development? Foundations increasingly step up to kickstart risky community initiatives
MiBiz, March 18, 2018
“These nonprofits and foundations get involved in a housing trust to make housing affordable for those people who most need it,” said Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan Inc. based in Livonia. “Foundations and nonprofits are getting involved to bridge those gaps.”
Michigan’s economy is improving. But suburbs may face next fiscal crisis.
Bridge Magazine, March 15, 2018
His comments came Wednesday during a panel discussion Wednesday at The Center for Michigan’s Solutions Summit in East Lansing. Joining him to discuss problems facing municipalities were Jill Roof, research associate at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and three mayors: Mark Huizenga of Walker, Karen Majewski of Hamtramck and Bill Wild of Westland.
Metro Detroit roads are bad, but the cost to fix them is the real shocker
Detroit Free Press, March 13, 2018
Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, headquartered in Livonia, said the $1.2 billion the state previously approved for road projects was “a good number at one point” but “we continue to neglect our roads.”
Proposed work requirements for Healthy Michigan
WOOD-TV, March 12, 2018
While the bill was introduced only last week, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan was quick to object, saying that while the premise of requiring work while on government assistance appeals to some, “in practice … numerous challenges and questions surrounding work requirements for a program like Medicaid and this policy change may do more harm than good.”
How Michigan cities can escape property tax constraints
The Bond Buyer, March 6, 2018
Local option revenue streams can help Michigan cities become less dependent on property taxes, according to a report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Bridge Magazine, March 6, 2018
The Citizens Research Council’s white paper on the state’s indebtedness does not mince words: By 2006, its combined general fund and school aid fund cash balances were $1.3 billion in the red. The lost-jobs numbers are also accurate. Again, Truth Squad’s earlier analysis of these figures stands: In January 2003, non-farm private sector employment in Michigan stood at 4,445,700. In December 2008, it stood at 4,054,600 – a drop of more than 390,000.
Road conditions offer opportunity for change
Crain’s Detroit Business, February 25, 2018
Thirty-seven other states allow some kind of locally-assessed vehicle tax and eleven states allow cities to impose local fuel taxes, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
Michigan Truth Squad: Schuette says tax hikes put family dreams at risk
Bridge Magazine, February 22, 2018
While the broad numbers are correct, Schuette’s portrayal of the tax burden faced by Michigan families lacks some critical context. As Bridge Magazine has noted, Michigan is ranked near the bottom when it comes to total taxes paid. Michigan ranked 34th nationally in 2013 for its personal income tax burden, both per capita and as a percentage of personal income, according to the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
CRC Urges More Regional Tax Options
Gongwer News Service, February 22, 2018
Michigan’s tax structure does not give local governments the flexibility that other states provide to allow those units to control their resources and react to economic trends, the Citizens Research Council said in a report released Thursday.
Give local governments more tax options
Detroit News, February 22, 2018
‘Detroit Rising’: Primary care doctors in city neighborhoods in short supply
Crain’s Detroit Business, February 20, 2018
On a countywide basis, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan found in a 2015 study of the data that the number of primary care physicians in Wayne County would appear sufficient.
K-12 Boost Contingent on Cutting Cyber Schools, Shared Time
U.S. News & World Report, February 18, 2018
Craig Thiel, research director with the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan, said the way Snyder is framing his K-12 budget is clear.
“The way they’ve set it up is if you want to increase the foundation grant, you’ve got to give these things,” he said.
Governor’s order, recall are the only options to remove a Michigan sheriff
MLive.com, February 13, 2018
“The bottom line is: It’s not easy to remove an elected official from office, nor should it be,” says Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan in Livonia, who’s studied Michigan’s state, county and local government for 30 years.
Rethinking accountability at Michigan’s universities
Detroit Free Press, February 11, 2018
Rick Snyder’s last budget: Relentless positive mediocrity
Detroit Free Press, February 8, 2018
And aside from a diffident suggestion that the Legislature might want to bulk up the state’s rainy day fund (currently resting at right around $1 billion) this parsimonious budget deals only indirectly with the looming $2 billion shortfall predicted by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council, and the slower economic growth forecast by the Legislature’s own fiscal agencies.
Snyder’s Michigan: Business taxes fall, burden shifts to residents
Bridge Magazine, February 6, 2018
Until the MEGA credits expire, estimated around 2032, net business tax revenue likely will continue to be a small portion of total state revenue, said Craig Thiel, research director for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.
“When we look at the revenue that’s brought in, it’s not as balanced as an ideal system might be,” Thiel said. “The business tax piece, but for the credits, would play a larger share. But for the time being, structurally, I would say it’s much more balanced than it’s playing out in practice because of these (MEGA) commitments that were made seven to eight years ago.”
Snyder’s Michigan: More spending, but Michigan government remains small
Bridge Magazine, February 6, 2017
One reason for the Headlee gap is a weakening state economy during the 2000s, even before the 2007-09 recession, according to the Citizens Research Council. Some of it is due to tax cuts, exemptions and other constraints that have been written into the tax code.
Many Republicans could point to the constitutional revenue limit as evidence that they have restrained government spending, said Craig Thiel, research director for the Citizens Research Council.
“There’s no doubt about it that people would use this as the barometer to say, ‘You sent me here to do something, and here’s proof I’ve done something,’” Thiel said.
It may be time for constitutional convention
Traverse City Record-Eagle, February 4, 2018
They have also largely made government harder. “A common theme of amendments, especially since 1992, has been that of weakening the legislature,” a study by the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan concluded in 2010.
What’s the Real Price of a City Income Tax?
The Review, January/February 2018
Faced with this financial squeeze, cities have cut services and underinvested in streets, parks, transit and other amenities that contribute to their economic vitality, and attract new workers and residents. These are the kinds of placemaking investments that companies such as Amazon, which is looking to establish a second headquarters employing 50,000 workers, are seeking when considering where to invest. “The bottom line is that something has got to give,” said Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. “Local governments are doing all they can with less money. It’s affecting the quality of life for these communities.”
Gov. Snyder’s swan song exposes challenges for down the road
Lansing State Journal, January 25, 2018
Taxes are good. No, really.
Detroit Free Press, January 14, 2018
On top of that, the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council is warning that the state isn’t prepared for another recession — and there will always be another recession. Michigan’s rainy day fund may not have the capacity to buffer the state through another downturn, and funding for key economy-boosting programs, like the state’s Medicaid expansion, is in jeopardy.