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Rusty Hills op-ed on GOP State of the Union response published in the Washington Times

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In an op-ed for the Washington Times, Rusty Hills proposes breathing new life into the Republican Party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address. The response, which is given by the opposition party immediately following the State of the Union each February, receives notoriously little media coverage.

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Tom Ivacko's guest column in Bridge magazine proposes dialogue on funding for local governments

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In a guest column for Bridge Magazine Tom Ivacko makes the case for a statewide discussion about how local governments are funded in Michigan. The most recent Michigan Public Policy Survey from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy found that 58 percent of local leaders in Michigan believe the state's funding system is broken.

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President Ford statue unveiling, dedication

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 for the unveiling of a scaled model of the statue that appears in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Featured guests include General Brent Scowcroft (ret.), Mike Ford, and Susan Collins, with introductions by Ingrid Tighe (MPA '13). [More]

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Justin Wolfers interviewed on NPR about happiness in America

Friday, February 8, 2013

NPR's Morning Edition interviewed Justin Wolfers in a segment about happiness in America and whether the U.S. should add such a measurement to its list of national statistics like GDP and unemployment.

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Sheldon Danziger named new president of Russell Sage Foundation

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sheldon Danziger, the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy and director of the National Poverty Center, has been appointed the tenth president of the Russell Sage Foundation.

Russell Sage is the premier foundation devoted exclusively to social science research. Danziger will join the foundation on September 1, 2013.

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MPPS findings show desire for funding reform, Tom Ivacko tells Michigan Radio

Friday, February 8, 2013

The latest poll in the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), received coverage from Michigan Public Radio and other area media outlets for shedding light on issues of government funding in Michigan.

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A fair day in court: how one alumna works toward an impartial judicial system

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Many Americans believe that justice is for sale—that judges, and their rulings, can be bought by special interests. It's a cynical view of the American judiciary, sure. But according to statistics compiled by Justice at Stake (JAS), a nonpartisan organization that works toward fair and impartial courts, there's good reason to worry.

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U-M moves up on Peace Corps' annual top colleges rankings

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

For the thirteenth year in a row, the University of Michigan has earned a spot on the Peace Corps' annual list of the top volunteer-producing large universities across the country.

With 93 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university moves to No. 4, up a spot from last year, and remains a solid source of alumni committed to making a difference at home and abroad.

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Ford School mourns the loss of Michael D. Cohen

Monday, February 4, 2013

Michael D. Cohen, a professor emeritus of public policy and of information, passed away on February 2, 2013 at the age of 67.

Michael was a founding faculty member of the Ford School's predecessor, the Institute of Public Policy Studies (IPPS), as well as the University of Michigan's School of Information. He retired from the university in August 2012.

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NRC appoints Barry Rabe to steering committee on shale gas development

Monday, February 4, 2013

The National Research Council (NRC) has appointed Ford School Professor Barry Rabe to a steering committee that will organize two workshops examining the social and decision-making issues related to identifying, assessing, and managing risk in shale gas development.

In the first workshop, experts and practitioners will identify key issues regarding shale gas development and discuss the state and limits of scientific knowledge on those issues. In the second workshop, social scientists from several disciplines will apply a variety of insights about risk management institutions to the shale gas case, while interacting with each other and with practitioners.

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Policy Talks @ the Ford School lecture by Ken Lieberthal: Feb. 13

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Join us as Ken Lieberthal returns to the University of Michigan on Wednesday, February 13 at 4 p.m. for a lecture on current U.S-China relations under President Obama's new foreign policy team.

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New York Times quotes Justin Wolfers on Fed's performance

Friday, February 1, 2013

Justin Wolfers was quoted in a New York Times article about efforts by the Federal Reserve Board to reduce unemployment and increase U.S. economic growth. While some economists have argued that the Fed has done all it can to improve the economy, Wolfers argues that it has not done enough.

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Rabe speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek on climate change perceptions

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bloomberg Businessweek interviewed Barry Rabe in an article about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on oceanfront home purchases in New Jersey where damage from the storm was great. According to the article, home prices along the East Coast have continued to rise, despite the risk of damage posed by future storms.

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Ann Lin discusses latest bipartisan immigration reform for "Policy Points"

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The latest installment of "Policy Points," Ann C. Lin discusses new immigration reform legislation unveiled last week by a bipartisan group of eight Senators.

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Justin Wolfers discusses liability insurance for gun owners on NPR's Morning Edition

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Justin Wolfers spoke with National Public Radio's Morning Edition about requiring gun owners to hold liability insurance in order to help keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who may use them irresponsibly. By requiring gun owners to provide information about their gun-use habits, Wolfers said, insurers could identify individuals who pose the greatest risk and charge premiums accordingly.

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Local leaders: Funding reforms needed to avoid service cuts

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Local government leaders in Michigan report that the way their jurisdictions are funded requires significant reform to maintain services in the wake of the Great Recession, according to a University of Michigan survey.

Fewer than half of local leaders, or 43 percent, believe the system of funding local government in Michigan would allow them to maintain their current packages of services in the future, even if the economy continues to improve, according to the poll by U-M's Ford School of Public Policy.

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Los Angeles Times interviews Justin Wolfers on fourth-quarter economic slowdown

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In a recent Los Angeles Times article Justin Wolfers commented on fears of a new recession following news that the U.S. economy contracted in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total economic output shrank by 0.1% in the last three months of 2012, causing some economists to speculate that the economy could be headed for another recession. Two straight quarters of contraction would officially indicate the start of another recession, the newspaper reported. Despite the disappointing figures, however, Wolfers said it is too soon to make such predictions.

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'Ford School feed' – how to RSVP for the DC trip, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's visit, southeast Michigan's RTA, and more

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The latest edition of the Ford School feed , an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today. The newly redesigned feed reminds DC-area alums to RSVP for the Ford School's annual DC event and reception on February 7, and includes an update from Dean Susan M. Collins) about the latest Ford School news, including Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's January visit.

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The storm after the superstorm: alumna lobbies for forward-thinking relief

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

When Superstorm Sandy struck the northeast coast last October, it struck with a vengeance. It cascaded over seawalls; knocked a roller coaster into the ocean; yanked out chunks of the Atlantic City boardwalk; felled trees and power lines; flooded multimillion dollar homes; lit fires, then blew them from street to street; and shut down public transport systems, schools, airports, and the New York Stock Exchange. Residents in the lower third of Manhattan lost electricity-no lights, no computers, no elevators, no refrigerators-and they weren't the only ones. Altogether, some 8.5 million lost power in the northeastern United States. Worse yet, tens of thousands were left homeless.

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Ford School students to visit Cape Verde in March for 2013 IEDP

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In March, twenty-five graduate students from the Ford School and other programs at the University of Michigan will spend a week off the coast of West Africa in the island nation of Cape Verde to research social and economic issues. The trip will be the culmination of a half-semester course focusing on development issues in Cape Verde.

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