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.
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.