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The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) conducts, supports and fosters applied academic research to inform local, state, and urban policy issues.

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Latest CLOSUP Updates

EEPI Report: Belief (and Disbelief) in Global Warming: 10 Years of Attitudes about Climate Change in the NSEE

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the survey, NSEE released a series of reports highlighting the breadth of topics we have covered over the past decade. This report presents time-series data on how American attitudes about climate change have changed since 2008, as well as comparisons to Canadian opinion.
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Renewable Energy Policy Initiative (REPI) Policy Briefs

In May 2019, CLOSUP hosted a workshop in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures, bringing state legislators from across the country who are active in energy issues to UM’s campus to engage Ford School and affiliate researchers. Policy briefs on this research are now available.
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MPPS Report: Michigan local government preparations and concerns regarding the 2020 U.S. Census

This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census, including their confidence in the potential accuracy of the count both locally and at the state level, assessments of groups within their jurisdiction that may be difficult to count, and any local actions currently being taken to boost census participation among residents.
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MPPS Report: New Governor, new evaluations of the direction Michigan is headed among local leaders

This report presents the opinions of Michigan's local government leaders regarding the direction in which the state is headed, as well as their evaluations of the job performance of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature.
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CLOSUP advises on the new Canadian Municipal Barometer

CLOSUP is advising and partnering with the new Canadian Municipal Barometer, an annual survey of officials in more than 400 municipalities across Canada.
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CLOSUP contributes to resources for new Michigan Lead and Copper Rule

CLOSUP's Sarah Mills is part of the University of Michigan Water Center team helping to implement the new Michigan Lead and Copper Rule. The resources created by the team include policy memos and FAQs to educate decision makers about financing options to address lead service lines.
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MPPS Report: Positive working relationships reported among Michigan's local elected officials

This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding relationships among members of their board or council as well as between the board/council and local government employees.
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MPPS County Fact Sheets: Economic Hardship and the Struggle to Make Ends Meet

The County-wide Poverty Fact Sheets are from the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS). While we typically report findings at a statewide level, because over 73% of the state’s local jurisdictions participate we are also able to show summarized data for all local governments within any county.
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