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Renewing Economy, Voting Districts and Local Government Finances

Looking ahead: Michigan's economy, redistricting and $4.4 billion in federal stimulus recovery aid to local government. 

The 'Diploma Divide': Does It Exist for Racial and Ethnic Minorities?

Erika Vallejo — March 15, 2021

Does educational level guide our voting behavior? New research seeks a possible answer.

Writing Budgets: The Value of the What-If Simulation

Michael Breslin — March 09, 2021

Freshman legislators recently got the chance to practice budgetmaking, and I did too. 

Mental Health in Michigan Schools

Roderick Bullard — March 09, 2021

Early intervention is a proven way to save taxpayers money on later health costs involved in treating those with mental illness. A fresh look.

From Pandemic to Presidential Election

Cindy Kyle with Dan Thaler — March 02, 2021

We all ask ourselves where we were during especially memorable – for better or for worse – times.

Infographic about Influenza Pandemic in Michigan 1918

What Lessons to be Learned from Two Pandemics?

State of the State podcasters ask if we will pay heed to the lessons learned in 1918 and 2020.

Michigan's Next Round of COVID-19 Relief Stalls over Inter-Branch Power Struggle

Michael Breslin — February 17, 2021

The delayed distribution of federal and state funds is a detrimental, albeit unsurprising, consequence of partisan squabbling.

Michigan Political Views Fall along Demographic and Partisan Lines

Michael Breslin — January 29, 2021

New SOSS county-level analyses show Trump and Whitmer approval ratings divided by race, education, income, and geography

Weinfeld, Thomas, Ballard, Grossmann pix

Presidential Election, Democracy, Economy

First State of the State podcast of 2021: an economic roller coaster and polarizing grievances that can fuel political violence.

Voting signs

Facing the Pandemic, the Economy and Redistricting

IPPSR podcasters agree it's no time to drop our pandemic facemasks. They foresee a tough economic winter ahead and describe a new, and potentially fairer, way to draw voting districts.

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