Independent Streams (Week of May 30th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems: 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 …

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Independent Streams (Week of May 16th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems: Detroit students’ education take back seat in funding talks (link is external). IPPSR affiliate David Arsen comments on the extraordinary challenges Detroit faces, including teacher payroll shortages, deteriorating buildings, and overall shortcomings in quality of education. Michigan gets ‘F’ for tracking teachers (link is external). IPPSR affiliate …

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Independent Streams (Week of May 9th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems: Obama’s Trip to Poisoned Flint Spotlights Economic Inequality (link is external). Following President Obama’s visit to Flint on May 4th, State of the State Survey results are cited in the event’s coverage. When is $500 million worth nothing? (link is external)  The Detroit Free Press …

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Independent Streams (Week of May 2nd)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems: On-the-job deaths in agriculture rise (link is external). An annual Michigan State University report revealed this week that reveals a decline in on-the-job deaths for the year, but an increase in fatalities related to the use of tractors. Community, multi-university campus partnership to address public health …

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Independent Streams (Week of April 25th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research (inspired by John Kingdon (link is external)). Problems: Why the charter school debate has moved beyond ‘better’ or ‘worse.’ (link is external) (link is external)Josh Cowen, IPPSR Affiliate, authored this article at The Conversation. The power of a name: MSU economist examines names of black men …

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Independent Streams (Week of April 18th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research (inspired by John Kingdon (link is external)). Problems: In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues (link is external). State of the State Survey Director Charles Ballard comments on mismatch between worker skills and employer needs. Immigrant talent pool can fill the needs of metro Detroit …

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Independent Streams (Week of April 11th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research (inspired by John Kingdon (link is external)). Problems: Flint, Detroit school crises stir fight over EM law (link is external). IPPSR addressed these issues in two recent forums, both available on video: Detroit Schools (link is external), Flint Water (link is external). Michigan’s Brand is Grit …

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Students Weigh in on Hot Topics Facing Michigan

MSU’s Michigan Government Semester Program students have been interning in Lansing and studying public policy issues this semester. Click below to read their papers on important issues facing the state, hosted by the Michigan Policy Network: High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing: Impact and Regulation (link is external) Marina Carabellese Legislative Plans for Detroit Public Schools   (link …

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Independent Streams (Week of April 4th)

Our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research (inspired by John Kingdon (link is external)). Problems: Flint’s switch to river water left residents holding the tab (link is external). IPPSR Affiliates Eric Scorsone and Josh Sapotchine are quoted on their Flint research. Labor participation, wages ticking up in Michigan (link is external). SOSS Director …

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Independent Streams (Week of March 28th)

This is the first post in our weekly round-up of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research (inspired by John Kingdon’s theory (link is external) of policymaking). Problems: Budget Overlooks Next Community in Crisis (link is external) by Charley Ballard in the Lansing State Journal The Future for Flint’s Children (link is external) by Mona Hanna-Attisha in …

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Right to Work Effects Overblown

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to pursue a right-to-work law in 2012 drew massive protests to the Michigan Capitol, moving state politics momentarily to the center of national attention. Each side predicted monumental changes stemming from the law, which went into effect in March 2013 and outlawed mandatory payments of union dues as an employment …

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Welcome to Michigan Policy Wonk

This is the first post from our new blog, titled Michigan Policy Wonk, at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University (MSU). We seek to publicize research relevant to state policymakers and enable MSU faculty to provide informed commentary on public-policy issues. Our blog is modeled on successful online …

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