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Donald Trump’s Speech to the UN General Assembly In Context

Zuhaib Mahmood — October 12, 2017

President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017, attracted much...

Independent Streams (Week of October 2)

Abbey Frazier — October 06, 2017

Problems

Percent of Michigan Residents Approving a Reduction in the Michigan Income Tax

How Do Michiganders Feel About a Tax Cut? It Depends On What They Know

Charles Ballard — October 03, 2017

In March 2017, the Michigan House of Representatives narrowly voted down a proposal to reduce the income tax. But the issue of tax cuts continues to be discussed, both at the state and federal level. To gauge citizen opinions about tax cuts, MSU’s State of the State Survey asked Michigan...

Paid Sick Leave Proposal, Seeking a Ballot Appearance In Michigan, Saw Mixed Results Elsewhere

Emily Jenkins — September 28, 2017

Activist group MI Time to Care remains determined to pass a ballot initiative proposal requiring employers to provide paid sick leave, after proposals orchestrated by group Raise Michigan failed to get enough signatures in 2015 and 2016.

The proposal, this time called the “Earned Sick...

workforce participation 2000-2016

Beyond the Unemployment Rate: Labor Force, Industry, and Wages

Abbey Frazier — September 26, 2017

Knowing that those in Michigan who desire to work are much more likely to find employment than they were a decade ago means the state is now well-positioned to turn its focus to the quality of available jobs, rather than simply ensuring adequate quantity.

Independent Streams (Week of September 18)

Abbey Frazier — September 22, 2017

Our every other week roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research.

IPPSR Forum Highlights Challenges of Early Childhood Education

Luke Allen — September 21, 2017

On Sept. 13, IPPSR hosted a forum on early childhood education at the state capital. As evidence mounts showing the importance of education and socialization at the youngest ages for success later in life, policymakers and educators alike have struggled to find and implement best practices...

Michigan’s Need for Policies and Systematic Training for Paraeducators

The lack of clear state policies related to paraeducators along with the increasing numbers of paraeducators in educational settings places the burden on local educational agencies to develop policies. School administrators across the state have suggested a need for formal paraeducator training...

Influence

In Other Words (Week of August 21)

Abbey Frazier — August 23, 2017

Our new biweekly policy-related readings from divergent voices across Michigan.

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