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Independent Streams (Week of June 19)

Abbey Frazier — June 19, 2017

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research

The Michigan Millennial: Urban Legends

Abbey Frazier — June 14, 2017

Millennials, defined by the Census Bureau as being born between 1982 and 2000, are notorious for their love of urban living and all things that go along with it, from easy access to public transit to a wide...

Streams

Independent Streams (Week of June 5)

Abbey Frazier — June 07, 2017

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research.

prison

Senate Bill 12: Shortening the Medical Commutation Process

Leanna Schafer — June 07, 2017

Prisoners die while waiting for medical commutations that could take more than a year. New legislation could shorten that time.

House Bill 4001: Good or Bad?

Mikhail Perkins — June 02, 2017

While Michigan families were sound asleep in the early hours of February 23rd, and MSU students were finishing up their last round of shots at Rick’s, Michigan legislators were hard at work. The House finally came to a decision to vote down the first bill of the year, House Bill 4001...

Voting

No-Reason Absentee Voting in Michigan

Maddy Melton — May 25, 2017

Absentee voting has become more and more popular in recent years.  In fact, Michigan sent out a record breaking number of absentee ballots during the 2016 presidential election. In order to obtain an absentee ballot by mail or in person in the state of Michigan, voters must meet one of six...

Streams

Independent Streams (week of May 22)

Abbey Frazier — May 22, 2017

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research.

Tampons

Michigan Tampon Tax

Joe Klawiter — May 22, 2017

Michigan legislation would eliminate sales and use tax on feminine hygiene products.

Schools

Common Core: Repeal and Re-paste

Logan Braid — May 18, 2017

When Rep. Gary Glenn (R, Dist. 98) introduced House Bill 4192 it was bound to cause some controversy. The bill would eliminate all state activities related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). CCSS are initiatives, which define what K-12 students should know in certain disciplines at the...

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Influence of Political Ideology on State Policies Combating the Opioid Crisis

Karl Schneider — May 11, 2017

The Opioid Crisis has been a major development in American public health alongside the recent proliferation of pain medication prescriptions.

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