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About IPPSR’s LLP Staff Training Program

2017 marks the first year for an innovative new program to enhance the training and performing of Michigan’s legislative staff members – from the newest to the job to the most experienced.

Three sessions are planned for 2017, and legislators are invited to send staff members who are newly hired, newly moving into policy-oriented positions, those whose interests are set on future policy posts or those who wish to expand their policy knowledge.

The final 2017 session is set for Monday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 15 with specialized panels, interactive roundtables and creative sessions combining activities with information. On August's agenda is energy, pension and opioid discussions, a budget bootcamp, social media do's and don'ts, workflow and time management and specialized time for individualized help sessions on policy research and office management.

Register for the program that spans two, half days by clicking here:

The first session, in January 2017, offered a rigorous, all-day session including presentations on Michigan’s revenue and expenditures, social media, infrastructure, writing legislation, local finance and taxes along with conversations with seasoned legislative staff and workforce development.

IPPSR hosted two half-day sessions this June, It mixed the expertise of MSU faculty, state department leaders and private industry executives willing to share high-level specialized knowledge and experience.

The program has also welcomed two experienced media professionals: John Truscott, president and principal at Truscott Rossman, one of the state’s largest strategic communications firms and Tim Skubick, host and producer of the weekly Public TV show “Off the Record.”

Positive feedback indicates that the program is extremely beneficial and helpful to legislative staff.

See photos from the event at this website: IPPSR.MLLP_06.26.2017

IPPSR is the longtime home of the Michigan Political Leadership Program and the Legislative Leadership Program, not to mention our well-received Public Policy Forums, State of the State Survey and Daniel Rosenthal Intern Program. The Staff Legislative Leadership program builds on those and combines the best of MPLP and LLP into training for legislative staff members. It is undertaken as a partnership between IPPSR, MSU Extension and MSU’s Office for Governmental Affairs.

IPPSR thanks all state and private industry leaders as well as those staff members and leaders who contributed time and energy to this program. It received high marks in every category and future plans will reflect evaluations and the needs expressed within them.

This program, as does IPPSR’s affiliated Legislative Leadership Program, has the support of the legislative leadership and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. We look forward to future sessions of IPPSR’s LLP Staff Training.

Materials from the first Legislative Leadership Program Staff Training Session

These materials, in .pdf format, reflect the excellent and dedicated work of our Staff Training speakers. They include overviews of Michigan's budgetary process, local tax and finance, social media background and highlights and information on how to make best use of the Michigan Library and resources from the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan nongovernmental organization established to serve the members and staff of the state legislatures of the United States' -- its states, commonwealths and territories.