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December 11, 2018 – The last weeks of the legislative year after 2018’s election bring Lame Duck season, when lawmakers with nothing to lose take one last stab at getting their legislation through to the governor.
October 14, 2018 – Tim Michling, who should have a PhD in marijuana studies by now, tells us all about Proposal 1, which would legalize it for adults over 21.
September 21, 2018 – Explaining the gamesmanship of the legislatures approach to adopt and amend as it relates to the minimum wage and earned sick time initiatives and explaining Proposal 3, the proposed voting rights constitutional amendment.
September 13, 2018 – The first of our analyses of this fall’s ballot issues, and the difference between a fee and a tax — and why it matters.
August 25, 2018 – Tim Michling discusses our research on Michigan’s public health efforts.
July 2, 2018 – Jordon Newton and Eric Lupher take you through our latest research report in the new #FactsMatter, our podcast.
June 21, 2018 – Eric Lupher explains why Michigan’s citizens initiatives — the grassroots alternative to pass laws and amend the state constitution — so often go awry, late in the process
May 31, 2018 – Craig Thiel explains why you’re likely to see a lot of Michigan legislators who disapprove of drug use voting to legalize marijuana next week.
May 11, 2018 – This week’s pod: An interview with Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, who has researched term limits in Michigan over the last 20 years.
May 1, 2018 – Jordon Newton discusses the 2018 update of the Outline of the Michigan Tax System and Eric Lupher discusses the importance of a full participation in the 2020 census.
April 12, 2018 – Tim Michling explains the complications of health risk assessments for some Healthy Michigan recipients. Get smarter in the time it takes to drive home from work.
March 21, 2018 – Researcher Tim Michling explains why privatizing food contracts in Michigan prisons didn’t work, and what factors policymakers should consider when they pursue such partnerships in the future. And Craig Thiel briefs us on Public Act 51 of 1951, and why emergency road funding won’t necessarily go to the roads that need repair the most.
March 5, 2018 – Craig Thiel explains why our annual springtime problem is unlikely to end anytime soon.
February 26, 2018 – Nancy talks to Eric Lupher and Jill Roof, on Michigan’s university governance and our local-option tax report.
February 14, 2018 – This episode covers the recent independent study on education funding in Michigan, and looks at the CRC’s year ahead in research.
January 31, 2018 – An introduction to our work and mission.

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