Citizens Research Council

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Citizens Research Council of Michigan President Eric Lupher says there’s always a strong constituency for cutting taxes, and for spending more on services such as schools, corrections, and health care. But he says there’s not a constituency for putting money into the “rainy day fund,” to prepare for the next economic downturn.


Romney Office Building in Lansing
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(MPRN-Lansing)  A downturn in the economy would quickly drain the state’s “rainy day” savings. That’s the determination of an independent analysis. 

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Citizens Research Council of Michigan President Eric Lupher says a 20% reduction in a budget of $10-billion can sound kind of abstract. But he says it helps to think about what that money is spent on in Michigan.


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Citizens Research Council of Michigan President Eric Lupher says there’s little appetite for eliminating local units of government in Michigan. But he says there is still a chance for reforming government services.


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Voters in various parts of Michigan have had the chance to dissolve a village before, but have never taken the final step. 


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