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Independent Streams (week of May 22)

Abbey Frazier — May 22, 2017

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


Michigan Tampon Tax

Joe Klawiter — May 22, 2017

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


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.


Independent Streams (Week of May 8)

Abbey Frazier — May 08, 2017

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

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Michigan's Prevailing Wage

Cody Proudfoot — May 05, 2017

Michigan has had prevailing wage requirements since the Prevailing Wage Act was passed in 1965. There were two oft-mentioned reasons why this act was passed. Number one was to ensure that skilled Michigan workers would be paid a sufficient and competitive wage when working on public...

Term Limits: What Do They Do?

Renee O'Connell — May 02, 2017

            15 states legislatures have term limits, but what does this mean? What are term limits supposed to do, and what observable effects do they have on government? This is the subject of the research I presented at the 2017 Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum...


Independent Streams (week of May 1)

Abbey Frazier — May 01, 2017

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

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...

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