Welcome To Michigan's Oldest & Most Respected Public Policy Research Organization
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.
The Fiscal Condition of the City of Detroit April 2010, Report 361 and Memorandum 1098 The “Great Recession” that began in December, 2007 has exacerbated the effects of population loss, poverty, and disinvestment on the City of Detroit. T...
Public Education Governance in Michigan January 2010 Report 359 Because education is crucial to a functioning democracy, economic competitiveness, and personal achievement, it is considered a high priority by officials at all three levels of governme...
Report 358, December 2009 Executive Summary Housing trusts are legal entities established to receive dedicated public funds to support affordable housing. They may receive public (and solicit private) funds for the production, preservation, or reha...
Report 357, October 2009 Summary The Citizens Research Council of Michigan was engaged to examine the activities and services provided jointly among Kent County and the cities of East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, a...
from: A former county commissioner subject: PA 88 of 1913 body: Eric: I am a former county administrator and county commissioner from a Michigan county. After my retirement from the board, the next Board of Commissioners “discovered” PA...
Today, both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press both reported that nine Wayne County communities were asking for a declaratory judgment to clarify whether they can and/or should be capturing revenues from the Detroit Zoo 0.1 mill tax levy. A CRC ...
The Michigan legislature is currently considering a number of election reform bills (House Bills 6058 to 6053). Among other changes, these bills would alter Michigan’s current process for recalling elected officials. Among the changes contempla...
Question: Explain to me how opponents of Proposal 2 determine that the proposal will make buses unsafe and schools unable to fire felons as claimed in recent ads. Answer: Proposal 2 says that “No existing or future law of the State or its polit...
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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