Policy Topics

Community and Social Issues

Showing 1 - 30 of 739 results

Michigan Redistricting Project

In November 2018, the citizens of Michigan passed Proposal 2, which amended the Michigan Constitution to place congressional and state legislative redistricting in the hands of a new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC)...
In the Media

Report: Locals Fiscally Sound During COVID, Long-Term Unclear

Apr 12, 2024 Gongwer
Local governments generally found themselves fiscally sound during the coronavirus pandemic due to one-time infusions of federal aid, but long-term fiscal health is more varied and could be tough to navigate due to constraints on fiscal policy, a...
In the Media

New House map combats racial gerrymandering in Michigan Legislature

Apr 9, 2024 The Michigan Daily
Three federal judges approved new Michigan House of Representatives voting districts on March 27. The map’s passing followed a lawsuit, Agee v. Benson, filed March 23, 2022, that alleged illegal racial gerrymandering in 13 Detroit-area House and...
In the Media

Donald Trump's Enemy Is Making a Comeback

Feb 29, 2024 Newsweek
Former Representative Justin Amash, a staunch critic of former President Donald Trump, announced he is running in Michigan's Senate race, shaking up the GOP primary in an election that could determine which party controls the Senate in...
In the Media

Joe Biden's Chances of Losing Michigan Primary as He Faces Revolt

Feb 26, 2024 Newsweek
Michigan voters are heading to the polls to make their choice in the Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, as some progressives organized a movement to vote "uncommitted" to send a message to President Joe Biden about his support for...
In the Media

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed delivers MLK Day lecture at the Ford School

Jan 17, 2024 The Michigan Daily
The Ford School of Public Policy and Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy hosted Steven Reed, mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, to speak on his leadership and commitment to public service for the University of Michigan’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin...
MPPS in the news

STUDY: Rural communities struggle to access grant funding

Dec 28, 2023 Interlochen Public Radio
Researchers from the University of Michigan have noticed a significant gap between rural and urban communities when it comes to getting state or federal funding. The latest Michigan Public Policy Survey asked local governments what they...
MPPS in the news


Dec 5, 2023 Barrett & Greene Management Update
Typically, people use the phrase “state and local government,” as though they are two entirely separate sets of entities. But unless the states and their cities, counties and towns work together smoothly, impediments to progress abound. Some...
MPPS in the news

Home Builders V.P.: Michigan’s in a ‘housing crisis’

Nov 22, 2023 The Livingston Post
Dawn Crandall of the Home Builders Association of Michigan describes the state’s housing crisis as ongoing, with supply being limited, demand remaining really high and individuals seeking workforce housing getting “bumped even further down the...
In the Media

Ford School hosts talk on uplifting rural communities

Nov 16, 2023 The Michigan Daily
About 60 University of Michigan students and Ann Arbor community members gathered in Weill Hall Wednesday evening to listen to a conversation about rural communities and sustainability in the United States. Hosted by the Center for Local, State, and...
MPPS in the news

Survey finds many Michigan communities struggling with housing shortage

Oct 13, 2023 Michigan Radio
A recent survey by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan found officials in many of the state's communities feel they lack affordable housing. The Michigan Public Policy survey found 27% of respondents said they...
MPPS in the news

Housing shortage triggers alarm for towns across Michigan

Oct 13, 2023 Mlive
More local leaders, in rural, suburban and urban communities throughout Michigan, are raising alarms about housing shortages. The number of local officials reporting a lack of single-family housing has nearly doubled in the past six years – going...
MPPS in the news

U.P. local government leaders most likely to report housing shortages

Sep 27, 2023 Iron County Reporter
Concerns among local government leaders in the Upper Peninsula about housing shortages in their communities have more than doubled since 2017. Today, 59% of officials from U.P. cities, villages, and townships say they have too little single-family...
MPPS in the news


Aug 16, 2023 Insight Chronicle
The University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy and Poverty Solutions with the Ford School of Public Policy will launch a study to evaluate attitudes toward certain criminal justice reforms by polling the local government...