Written by: Matt Grossmann
Primary Source: Michigan Policy Wonk Blog, May 31, 2016
Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research.
- With Corporate Income Tax Comes Volatility for Michigan, Economists Say (link is external). State of the State Survey Director Charley Ballard and IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann comment on the latest revenue projections and the role of Michigan corporate tax changes.
- Wayne County Executive kicks off statewide tour about shrinking finances (link is external) IPPSR affiliate Eric Scorsone spoke at a kickoff event for a summer speaking tour on improving Michigan’s infrastructure.
- Rocky Marriages not Always Bad for Your Health (link is external). Michigan State Professor of Sociology reports on the effect of marriage on diabetes.
- MSU Launches Water Science Network (link is external). Led by IPPSR affiliate Jinhua Zhao.
- Tablets can Help Elderly Cross the Digital Divide (link is external). IPPSR affiliate Sheila Cotton’s recently published research demonstrates that internet use can help depression in elderly adults.
- Detroit’s Massive School Protests Are the Latest Signs of a National Education Crisis (link is external). IPPSR affiliate Mark Skidmore comments on how impoverished school districts like Detroit can increase their funding.
- Why Turnout Matters, Even in True-Blue Districts: Large Margins of Victory Make Politicians More Responsive to Progressive Goals (link is external). Matt Grossmann comments on a new study linking rainfall on Election Day with conservative voting record in Congress.
- County candidate Jake W. Smith announces endorsements (link is external). 2015 MPLP fellow Jake Smith announces his list of endorsements as he runs for local Michigan office.
- The Bernie Congress: meet the insurgents trying to recreate Sanders’s movement down ballot (link is external). Matt Grossmann comments on signs that Bernie Sanders supporters might influence Congressional races.
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Matt Grossmann serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. His research spans national and state policymaking, election campaigns, interest groups, and political parties. His current work explores key differences between major political parties and economic inequality in policy influence. He is the author of Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945, published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance, published by Stanford University Press in 2012. He is author of numerous journal articles on such topics as policy change, political party networks, the legislative process and public opinion. His research appears in the Journal of Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Research and other publications. He also writes for blogs and popular media. His roots are also deep in practical politics, especially in candidate training, policy and survey research. His experience includes work at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Center for Voting and Democracy and the Center for Democracy and Technology. A member of MSU’s faculty since 2007, he is founder and director of the Michigan Policy Network and served as liaison to MSU’s Washington Semester Program. He received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, his master’s in political science in 2002 and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. He became IPPSR director in January 2016.
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