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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

"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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MPPS Report: Michigan local officials’ views on the next recession: timing, concerns, and actions taken


This report presents the assessments of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding the next recession, including its expected timing and impacts, and whether their jurisdictions have taken action to prepare for it. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2019 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).
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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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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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