Even if marijuana legalization is no pot of gold, it’s high time for Michigan to start investing in public health

In a Nutshell: Michigan would establish a relatively low tax rate on marijuana under Proposal 1. Unlike the majority of other states, Michigan would not invest this new revenue in public health, data collection, substance abuse treatment, mental health se...

Modernizing Voter Registration in Michigan

In a nutshell To vote on November 6, Michigan citizens had to be registered to vote by October 9, 30 days prior to election day Many states allow their citizens to register to vote closer to, including on, Election Day Proposal 3 would lengthen Michiganâ€...

What do Michigan, Colorado, Utah and Missouri have in common? Redistricting reform proposals!

  In a nutshell: Michigan is one of four states (Colorado, Utah, Missouri) with redistricting reform proposals on the November ballot. The proposals have similar requirements for how maps are drawn, requiring transparent and open processes, and placi...

Its Guest of Honor Absent, Research Council’s Policy Dinner Show Goes On

When two of Michigan’s leading female politicians — one Democrat, one Republican — agree on the need for public policies driven by facts, it might have happened at an event sponsored by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. At least, it...

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 Proposal ...

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 time l...

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 propo...

A Tale of Two Urban Farms: Public Health Happens in Communities, Not Just in Clinics

Health is affected by numerous social and physical factors in an individual’s community, not just genetics and access to health care. Access to fresh food, perceptions of safety and well-being, aesthetic and artistic factors, and trust and social suppor...