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School Voucher Programs

Ian Striz — April 28, 2017

An introduction to school voucher programs:

School voucher systems are one of the leading topics of debate in education policy. A school voucher system offers state funds for financial assistance to parents who want to send their child to another school district or a...

Governor Snyder’s Much Needed Changes to how Education is Funded

Eric Staats — April 26, 2017

The recommendation to increase education funding in Governor Snyder’s proposed budget is a welcome surprise, and a distinct diversion from the administration’s prior allocations. The administration’s first budget for fiscal year 2012 called for a $930.6 million cut in school aid...

Independent Streams (week of April 24)

Abbey Frazier — April 24, 2017

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

The American Health Care Act and Healthy Michigan

Erik Haener — April 21, 2017

One of the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) more commonly known as Obamacare is allowing states to expand their Medicaid program. Many states including Michigan decided to expand their Medicaid programs to include more of their population to reduce...

Michigan Schools Face Uncertain Futures

Connor Berdy — April 17, 2017

January 20th, 2017 marked a pivotal day for the future of thirty-eight schools across the state of Michigan. Parents received letters from the Michigan State School Reform/Redesign Office (SRO) that spelled out dire consequences for their children's schools.  The SRO announced publicly that...

Independent Streams (Week of April 17)

Abbey Frazier — April 17, 2017

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

Michigan’s Future is Tied to the Great Lakes Region: Findings from the Urban Institute

Luke Allen — April 10, 2017

The Urban Institute, a non-partisan research institute and think-tank out of Washington D.C. recently released a report titled “The Future of the Great Lakes Region”. The report is timely, with intense interest in the postindustrial Midwest from both an electoral and policy perspective, and it...

Independent Streams (Week of April 10)

Abbey Frazier — April 07, 2017

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

Impact of Ideology on State Excise Taxes for Alcohol

Karl Schneider — April 06, 2017

In addition to sales tax, products like alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel can be taxed by state governments as an additional source of revenue. Alcohol is typically divided into subcategories for the purpose of taxation: spirits, wine, and alcohol. This blog post will attempt to understand if...

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