Michigan’s Initiative Petition Process Stands Alone: An Issue Ripe for Reform

In a nutshell: Unlike other states with the citizen-initiative, Michigan does not have a process for identifying potential shortcomings in the substance of proposed constitutional and statutory law changes before petitions are circulated. Processes used i...

The Stakes for Michigan in the 2020 Census

A version of this post appeared in the May 3, 2108 Lansing State Journal In a Nutshell Besides counting people for apportioning representation in Congress, population count produced by census is used to allot federal and state funding Michigan’s pop...

Lessons learned while studying Michigan’s urban and rural communities

Most of Michigan’s residents are located in the state’s urban areas, but those urban areas comprise little of the state’s land area. Relative to the rural areas, the populations in urban communities are growing faster, have more diversity in race an...

Explaining Michigan’s one-of-a-kind university governance model

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this appeared in the Detroit Free Press on February 11, 2018. In a nutshell: Michigan’s governance model for its flagship universities and all universities is fairly unique The current model of electing boar...