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Quick online survey open for one week: please provide your input

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Ford School of Public Policy has engaged Hile Creative and The Linux Box to undertake a major project that is critical for the school's continued success: a complete redesign of the school's web presence. The school is focused on creating a site with a design and functionality that best meets the needs of all users, from current and prospective students to alumni, faculty, staff, potential employers, policymakers, and more. Your input is critical to this process.

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Let states tailor immigration policies to boost economic growth, says Lin

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In a new Ford School Policy Points video, Ann Lin analyzes Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's plan to bring 50,000 highly skilled immigrants to the state over five years. She states that Governor Snyder's numbers are likely unrealistic under the current system and that she would rather see him work with fellow governors to promote a plan where states get to set their own priorities and select their own immigrants with approval from the federal government.

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Victors for Michigan: the Ford School launches its next century with a bold vision

Monday, February 10, 2014

On November 7, 2013 the Ford School joined with schools and colleges at the University of Michigan to kick off the Victors for Michigan campaign.

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When it comes to the tax code, it's time to simplify, says Whitman

Saturday, February 8, 2014

In a Detroit Free Press op-ed, Marina v.N. Whitman calls for tax code reform as its current complexity often results in chaos. Whitman notes that tackling the 73,000 pages of the tax code is often insurmountable for individuals or organizations, which leads her to wonder "what would happen if, all the time, talent and money expended in making sure we pay what the law requires, but not one penny more, were put to more productive uses?"

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Dynarski appointed as a Brookings Institution Nonresident Senior Fellow

Thursday, February 6, 2014

In 2014, Susan Dynarski will serve as a nonresident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution's Economic Studies program. The Brookings Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic policy issues facing the United States and aims to increase understanding of how the economy works and what can be done to make it work better. Throughout her appointment, she will be participating in the prestigious research institution's new Economic Studies working paper series.

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Agreement between the U.N. and Cambodia to continue to cooperate on the Khmer Rouge genocide trials positive sign, says Ciorciari

Monday, February 3, 2014

In a Voice of America article, John Ciorciari says the new commitment from the United Nations and Cambodia reinforcing their support of the Khmer Rouge genocide trials should restore confidence from international donors and push the tribunal to move on to new cases. The court has faced financial struggles in recent months as it seeks to conclude its initial trial, as well as criticism of mismanagement, corruption and political interference.

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University of Michigan poll: Detroit bankruptcy was the right decision

Monday, February 3, 2014

Despite concerns about Detroit's bankruptcy, 56 percent of local government officials in Michigan said it was the right thing to do, according to a poll by the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy.

More than half of local leaders said the bankruptcy would hurt the state's reputation, 43 percent expected costs to rise for other local governments 
to borrow money, and 32 percent predicted a negative impact on tourism in the state.

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Strategy to reduce infant mortality rate in Detroit must have strong medical and social component, says Davis

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In a Detroit News article on Detroit's high infant mortality rate, Dr. Matthew Davis discusses the challenges to making progress on infant deaths, as well as the potential impact of expanded insurance coverage for low-income mothers. Detroit's infant mortality rate (which in 2010 was 13.5 for every 1,000 live births) is the worst among U.S. cities and rivals that of some countries in the developing world.

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'Ford School feed'—DC alumni event with Justin Wolfers, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Ambassador Richard Boucher, students' testimony on equity crowdfunding legislation, and more

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today. 

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New video features a Ford School visit from the Honorable Paul O'Neill

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2013 marked the 100th anniversary of President Gerald R. Ford's birth. To honor our namesake's legacy, the Ford School hosted several of President Ford's lifelong colleagues and friends. These distinguished visitors included "Energy Czar" Frank Zarb, General Brent Scowcroft, Ambassador Carla Hills, 56th Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and 72nd U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and member of the Ford administration, Paul O'Neill.

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Ford School 100

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Ford School's centennial year is underway! To kick off the celebrations, we sent 2014 calendars to thousands of alumni and friends.

In 1913, Jesse S. Reeves, chairman of the University of Michigan political science department, proposed an academic program dedicated to training future leaders in city government. In a letter to U-M President Hutchins, Reeves wrote: "I believe that the University has a distinct opportunity, not only in offering a public service to the people of the state…but in leading the way in the training of municipal experts."

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Brittany Jones (BA '14) honored as a 2014 MLK Spirit Award recipient

Monday, January 27, 2014

Brittany Jones (BA '14) was recognized as a 2014 Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award recipient during the 28th annual MLK Symposium on January 25. The Ninth Annual Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Awards honored students from the schools and colleges on Central Campus who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the civil rights leader. Students were nominated by faculty and staff from the Business, Education, Kinesiology, Literature, Science, and the Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Policy programs.

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Widening income gap becoming self-perpetuating, says Danziger

Saturday, January 25, 2014

In an NPR piece on the debate surrounding income inequality and economic mobility, Sheldon Danziger explains that in the current U.S. economy minimum wage and middle-income earners cannot keep pace with top earners.
He notes that, while there was a time when an improved economy helped all workers, we are not in a position to expect "a return to the golden age, when a rising tide lifted all boats."

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CLOSUP survey on rise of placemaking as an economic development tool covered by multiple news outlets

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The latest Center for Local State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) poll on the increased use of placemaking as a community and economic development strategy by Michigan municipalities received coverage in a variety of news outlets, including two articles in MLive, the Michigan Municipal League's blog, and the Tony Conley Morning Show.

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New book by Ciorciari offers critique of Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia," a forthcoming book by John Ciorciari and Anne Heindel, a legal advisor at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, contends that the unique legal and institutional features of the UN-backed tribunal and political in-fighting impaired the court's ability to deliver credible justice. They explain that issues including political interference, the need for a supermajority judge opinion prior to investigations, and the application of local law hampered or delayed the proceedings.

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Emergency manager appointments reflect growing inequality, writes Farley

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In a Bridge Magazine editorial, Reynolds Farley explains that the pattern of where the state has taken control from local officials highlights the persistent racial income gap in Michigan. He notes that the locations that have seen emergency managers or consent agreements for the municipality as a whole or the school district are all predominantly African American. Farley contends that this trend is related to the decline in the average economic status of Michigan's black population in the last 30 years, which stands in contrast to historic racial progress in the same period.

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Placemaking rises as economic development tool

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

More than a third of local jurisdictions reported using "placemaking" as an economic development strategy in 2013, up from 21 percent in 2009, according to the latest Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy poll.

Placemaking is a community and economic development strategy that attempts to capitalize on local assets to create appealing and unique places where people want to live, work and play.

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National Poverty Center brief focuses on food insecurity in Detroit in the aftermath of the Great Recession

Monday, January 20, 2014

A new policy brief out of the National Poverty Center (NPC) evaluates recent changes in the prevalence of food insecurity, identifies key risk factors, and examines the use of public and private assistance programs designed to provide food assistance to low income households.

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Jacob part of expert line-up on State of Opportunity special on high stakes testing

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In a State of Opportunity broadcast, Brian Jacob discusses the impact of high stakes testing, particularly for low-income students and school districts. High stakes testing refers to standardized tests with results that have important consequences for students, teachers, schools or districts at large. State of Opportunity brought together a panel of experts to discuss the effect of this kind of testing, which has been on the rise in the wake of No Child Left Behind.

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