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Latest CLOSUP Updates

MPPS Report: Michigan local leaders expect mixed impacts from expanded voter registration and absentee voting reforms


This report presents the experiences and opinions of Michigan’s local government clerks and other city and township leaders regarding three statewide voting and election reforms: 1) voter registration up to 15 days before an election via mail, online, and at a Secretary of State’s office; 2) in-person, same-day voter registration up to and including Election Day at a local clerk’s office, and; 3) no-excuse absentee voting. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2020 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), conducted between March 30 and June 1, 2020.
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MPPS Report: Local leaders' evaluations of Michigan's direction and Governor's performance during the COVID-19 pandemic's arrival


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. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2020 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) — conducted between March 30 and June 1, 2020, the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan — and tracking comparisons to previous spring waves.
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MPPS Report: The initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Michigan communities and local governments


This report presents local government leaders’ views on the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan through May of 2020, including impacts on the state and its communities, expectations for how long negative impacts would persist, evaluations of governmental coordination, and resource needs to grapple with the resulting public health and economic challenges.
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Local Government COVID-19 Fiscal Strategy and Resource Guide


CLOSUP is partnering with experts from universities, consulting firms, and research institutions across Michigan to help local governments respond to fiscal challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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"Communities of Interest" and Michigan's new approach to redistricting through an Independent Citizens Commission


As part of it's new Michigan Redistricting research and service project, CLOSUP hosted a panel discussion with experts on the topic of communities of interest and how they factor into Michigan's new redistricting process.
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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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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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