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The Role of Communities of Interest in Michigan's New Approach to Redistricting: Recommendations to the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

August 31, 2020
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John Chamberlin, Alissa Graff, Sarah Gruen, Safiya Merchant, Nick Najor, Gerson Ramirez, James VanSteel
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) was launched at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 2001 to provide public service to the people and communities of Michigan. Over the years, CLOSUP has...
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Sales Tax Holidays

July 1, 2010
A “sales tax holiday” is a period of time, usually lasting a few days, during which state sales tax and sometimes local sales taxes are not levied on a set of goods. This report begins with a history of sales tax holidays and a discussion of the...
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DETROIT AREA STUDY, 2001: Parks and Recreation

January 1, 2007
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Robert W. Marans
Parks and recreation facilities are often considered indicators of a community’s quality, as they typically contribute to the health and well-being of community residents. Based on data from the 2001 Detroit Area Study, this report examines park...
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Growth Management Policy in California Communities

April 1, 2004
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Elisabeth Gerber, Justin Phillips
Many California communities have adopted urban growth boundaries (UGBs) as a means of planning for and managing future development. This report uses data obtained through a new survey of municipal planning officials to explore the proliferation of...