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No Clear Path Forward in Addressing Michigan's PFAS Contamination Policy

Michigan’s state government is looking to understand the full impact of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, but the effort may run into significant obstacles as the state moves to address the issue.

In Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State speech on Feb. 12, she said “this problem may not have commanded the same kind of national attention as the situation in Flint. But it is just as urgent.”

Groundwater Management, Fish Farming and the Asian Carp in Lake Erie: Highlights from the Most Recent Policy Forum

Two weeks ago, the Institute of Public Policy and Social Research held its most recent policy forum in Lansing focused on the health of the Great Lakes.

Rick Hobrla, from the state government's Office of the Great Lakes, opened the forum by highlighting the completion of Michigan's action plan for western Lake Erie. The lake has been mired in pollution from runoff originating in the states and Canadian province surrounding the lake.

Michigan's Delicate Path Toward Improving Immunization Rates

Robert Swanson addresses attendees about Michigan's efforts to curb vaccination waivers.Michigan has seen a decline in the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, but vaccination waiver rates remain stubbornly high. Walking the delicate path of increasing vaccination rates while maintaining parental choice was the topic of IPPSR's final fall policy forum Nov. 15.

Michigan Policy Insiders Believe the next Governor will be a Democrat

Results from the third round of the Michigan Policy Insiders Panel (MPIP), conducted in March, indicates Michigan's insiders largely believe Michigan's next governor will be a Democrat.

Nearly 74% of the 374 insiders who responded predicted a Democrat will hold the state's highest office after the next election. Even slim majority of Republican-identified insiders, about 53%, predicted a Democrat will win the gubernatorial race, while 47% percent believe the winner will be Republican.

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