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July 16, 2012

The American Community Survey is a Valuable Tool

Organizations like the Citizens Research Council of Michigan are based on the premise that better information leads to better government.  Policymakers in Washington, D.C., are currently debating the value of the American Community Survey (ACS), an on-going effort of the Census Bureau to document the way Americans live, work, and interact.  The ACS replaced the long survey that was randomly sent to select households during the census that is performed every 10 years.  The data provided because the ACS is an on-going survey is more timely than was the long form, better reflects the communities 7-9 years out from the last census, and is valuable for a wide range of interested parties.  Specifically as it relates to state and local government in Michigan, the ACS provides needed information that can be used to make better decisions.  USA Today wrote a nice editorial supporting continuation of the ACS in the July 16, 2012 paper.

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Eric Lupher

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Eric has been President of the Citizens Research Council since September of 2014. He has been with the Citizens Research Council since 1987, the first two years as a Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellow, and since then as a Research Associate and, later, as Director of Local Affairs. Eric has researched such issues as state taxes, state revenue sharing, highway funding, unemployment insurance, economic development incentives, and stadium funding. His recent work focused on local government matters, including intergovernmental cooperation, governance issues, and municipal finance. Eric is a past president of the Governmental Research Association and also served as vice-chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.

The American Community Survey is a Valuable Tool

Organizations like the Citizens Research Council of Michigan are based on the premise that better information leads to better government.  Policymakers in Washington, D.C., are currently debating the value of the American Community Survey (ACS), an on-going effort of the Census Bureau to document the way Americans live, work, and interact.  The ACS replaced the long survey that was randomly sent to select households during the census that is performed every 10 years.  The data provided because the ACS is an on-going survey is more timely than was the long form, better reflects the communities 7-9 years out from the last census, and is valuable for a wide range of interested parties.  Specifically as it relates to state and local government in Michigan, the ACS provides needed information that can be used to make better decisions.  USA Today wrote a nice editorial supporting continuation of the ACS in the July 16, 2012 paper.

President

About The Author

Eric Lupher

President

Eric has been President of the Citizens Research Council since September of 2014. He has been with the Citizens Research Council since 1987, the first two years as a Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellow, and since then as a Research Associate and, later, as Director of Local Affairs. Eric has researched such issues as state taxes, state revenue sharing, highway funding, unemployment insurance, economic development incentives, and stadium funding. His recent work focused on local government matters, including intergovernmental cooperation, governance issues, and municipal finance. Eric is a past president of the Governmental Research Association and also served as vice-chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.

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