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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

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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MPPS County Fact Sheets: Spring 2019 County-wide Fiscal Health

The Spring 2019 County-wide Fiscal Fact Sheets are from the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS). While we typically report findings at a statewide level, because 73% of the state’s local jurisdictions participated in Spring 2019 we are also able to show summarized data for all local governments within any county.
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MPPS Report: Energy policies and environmental leadership among Michigan’s local governments

This report presents information from Michigan local government officials regarding local energy issues and policies. In addition, the report looks at local officials’ opinions on environmental leadership in local government. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2019 wave as well as comparisons to the Fall 2010 and Fall 2013 waves of the Michigan Public Policy Survey.
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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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