Michigan Voters Just Approved Three Ballot Questions; What’s Next for Marijuana Legalization, Redistricting Reform and Voting Rights?

In a nutshell Voters overwhelmingly approved three statewide questions appearing on the November ballot; two constitutional amendments and one initiated law. Before marijuana is available to buy, new congressional maps are drawn or citizens can enjoy new ...

We did our duty, now voters must do theirs: Get informed and vote on Election Day

In a nutshell: This is a big, consequential election The Research Council has spent weeks analyzing the 2018 ballot issues, and publishing our results, in a variety of sizes and formats Voters can go to the polls as well-informed as they want to be Michig...

Why Haven’t Local Government Revenues Improved with the Economy? The Answer Lies in Local Tax Structures.

In a nutshell: Across the country, city tax structures are largely disconnected from the underlying economy; as a result local revenues have been slow to rebound following the Great Recession. Michigan local governments have fewer tax options than many ci...

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 Michigan...

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 ...