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New Report Looks at Child Care Challenges and Opportunities in Northern Michigan (Networks Northwest)

From networksnorthwest.org A new report details the current state of child care in Northwest Lower Michigan, including needs and challenges for families and child care providers. The report also identifies [...]

AARP study: Michigan must close health care, internet access disparities among seniors (Crain’s Detroit Business)

By Marti Benedetti of Crain's Detroit Business Many Michigan older adults are having a ball, but a surprising number of the state’s over-50 population is struggling with a lack of [...]

Child care for this baby costs more than the University of Michigan (Bridge Magazine)

From Bridge Magazine The staggering cost of child care is one of the biggest economic burdens facing Michigan families. Its cost can delay home ownership, force children into cheaper, lower-quality [...]

Business, government look for collaborative solutions to child care affordability, access (Crain’s Detroit Business)

By Lindsay VanHulle of Crain's Detroit Business Five years ago, John Wilson formed a private family foundation and set out to help lift people out of poverty in Mason County. [...]

MI Energy Office plans to improve energy programs for agricultural, rural communities (UPmatters.com)

From UPmatters.com The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) today announced the kick off of an effort that will develop a roadmap to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for the [...]

Public administration ethical issues discussed at Cooley (Detroit Legal News)

Originally Posted by the Detroit Legal News Public administration issues that highlight ethical lapses were discussed at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus during the panel event, “Guardians of the Public [...]

With the passing of Peter Pratt, the loss of a good and great man (Bridge Magazine)

By Phil Power of Bridge Magazine When I was younger, I used to attend international conferences held at Ditchley House, an enormous, stately 17th-Century pile near Oxford, England. Various heavyweights [...]

PSC Mourns the Loss of Peter Pratt

Dear friends, We write to you with a heavy heart. Our beloved friend and colleague Peter Pratt passed away on October 11, 2017. His family was by his side. All [...]

Obituary for Peter P. Pratt

Peter Philip Pratt East Lansing Peter Pratt, aged 59, died, surrounded by his family, on October 11, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. He was, in every sense of the phrase, [...]

Join Michigan Saves at the Advancing Women in Energy 2017 Annual Meeting

Join Mary Templeton, Michigan Saves executive director and vice president of Advancing Women in Energy (AWE), on October 12 for the AWE 2017 Annual Meeting: Road to the C-Suite. The evening [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Amanda Menzies and Selma Tucker promoted to vice president

For Immediate Release Contact: Linda Headley Senior Communications Fellow Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 PRESS RELEASE: Amanda Menzies and Selma Tucker promoted to vice president LANSING, Mich. – Public Sector Consultants [...]

PRESS RELEASE: PSC Strengthens Energy and Environment Practice with New Vice President Maggie Pallone

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Vice President Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 PSC Strengthens Energy and Environment Practice with New Vice President Maggie Pallone LANSING, Mich. — Public Sector Consultants (PSC), [...]

Michigan brings its ballast rules into line with federal laws (Ballast Water Treatment Technology Magazine)

By Paul Gunton of Ballast Water Treatment Technology Magazine Michigan’s legislature passed a state House bill last week (2 November) that brings the state’s legislation on ballast water treatment into [...]

PRESS RELEASE: PSC Welcomes Scott Dzurka

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 PSC Welcomes Scott Dzurka LANSING, Mich. – Public Sector Consultants Inc., Michigan's premier public policy research [...]

PSC Mourns the Loss of Peter Pratt

Dear friends, We write to you with a heavy heart. Our beloved friend and colleague Peter Pratt passed away on October 11, 2017. His family was by his side. All [...]

Expert analysis on the Michigan Primary (WZZM 13)

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Verify: Is your vote more powerful in a primary election? (WZZM 13)

By Shanna Grove of WZZM 13 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Michigan is one week away from the Aug. 7 primary election. The weather is warm, people are busy traveling and [...]

Niagara University early childhood development community programs cited for excellence (Niagara Frontier Publications)

By Niagara Frontier Publications The Niagara County Early Child Care Quality Improvement Project (QIP), an initiative launched by Niagara University in 2010 to enhance early childhood development, was cited for excellence [...]

Michigan could see tax windfall from marijuana, betting and online shopping (Bridge Magazine)

By Mike Wilkinson of Bridge Magazine It’s the stuff of fantasy: A golden ticket that alleviates money woes. For Michigan lawmakers, that time might be nigh. The next governor and [...]

SBAM pushes for continued statewide economic gardening initiatives (MiBiz)

LANSING — The Small Business Association of Michigan wants to build on the state’s past efforts in economic development policy while also creating continuity from one governor’s administration to the next. That’s important [...]

MSU, URC Universities Develop Infrastructure Solutions (MSU Today)

Using the work of the Governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission as a foundation, PSC vice president Jeff Guilfoyle collaborated with Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) on this year’s annual sector [...]

Bringing the right information to Capitol Hill

For the past two years, PSC has been working with the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm to illustrate the importance of the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps [...]

Political roundup: State Senate quickly passes sexual assault bills, but will the House do the same? (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio The Michigan legislature is considering retroactively extending the statute of limitations of sexual assault of minors. It's part of a package of bills designed [...]

Political roundup: Can a “Marshall Plan for Talent” work if children can’t read? (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling it a “Marshall Plan for Talent.” He wants the legislature to approve $100 million for programs, equipment and [...]

Political roundup: Will farmers soon be able to withdraw unlimited amounts of groundwater? (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio The Michigan Farm Bureau is backing new rules for withdrawing water and House Republicans are obliging them so far. Vicki Barnett, the former mayor [...]

State panel seeks to improve court funding system (The Daily Tribune)

By Jameson Cook of The Daily Tribune A commission created last year aims to review court funding statewide and come up with suggestions on ways to fairly institute court costs [...]

Plan would move Medicaid long-term care into managed care (Crain’s Detroit Business)

By Jay Greene of Crain's Detroit Business Michigan is slowly moving forward on a plan to place its $2.8 billion Medicaid nursing home and long-term care services programs under the [...]

Political roundup: Lessons learned from privatizing prison food service (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff The big news out of Lansing this week was Governor Rick Snyder’s eighth and final budget. His proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2019 is $56.8 [...]

Political roundup: Tax cutters in legislature could disrupt Snyder’s last year (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff It’s been an interesting week in Michigan. On Wednesday, Michigan’s House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to resign in [...]

Political roundup: What does veto override mean for Lansing politics in 2018? (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff Since 1950, the Michigan Legislature has only overridden a governor’s veto four times. This week was one of those times. In July of 2017, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a [...]

Political roundup: A tax fix, a tax cut and Michigan’s broken roads (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff Yesterday, the state of Michigan went through a process called the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. University and governmental economists met to discuss where the economy is going [...]

Political roundup: How should Michigan remedy false unemployment fraud claims? (Michigan Radio)

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1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Michigan Concerns And Priorities In 2018 (WEMU 89.1)

By David Fair and Lisa Wozniak 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Lisa Wozniak look ahead at what 2018 holds for environmental [...]

Without a legislative fix, new federal tax bill could mean paying higher state income taxes

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio The new federal tax bill could mean lower federal taxes, but Governor Snyder and some economists say that it could lead to higher state [...]

Political roundup: MI could soon be only state to not mandate financial disclosures from lawmakers (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Another example of Michigan’s lack of government transparency was pointed out this week. The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity looked into [...]

Political roundup: State considers seizing control of local government pension funds (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio The legislature is considering a package of bills that would give the state power to step in and manage a municipality’s budget if the local government [...]

Snyder has steadied state finances, yet that may not be enough (Bridge Magazine)

By Lindsay VanHulle of Bridge Magazine Gov. Rick Snyder came to Lansing nearly seven years ago with a plan to improve fiscal management within state government. And his reforms have [...]

What Michigan businesses learned from the last recession (Bridge Magazine)

By Lindsay VanHulle of Bridge Magazine In 2006, Gudel Inc., based in Ann Arbor, sold more than 90 percent of its robots and automation equipment to the automotive industry. Today, [...]

Is Michigan ready for the next recession? (Bridge Magazine)

By Lindsay VanHulle of Bridge Magazine Until the last one, Paul Robertson, Jr. hadn’t really minded a recession. Sure, his family’s Bloomfield Hills-based home building company, Robertson Bros. Co., would [...]

Political roundup: Bill would scrap state ballast water rules, which help keep out invasive species (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio More than 185 species of foreign fish, algae, plants, insects, and viruses have been brought into the Great Lakes. Many of them are invasive [...]

Get rid of “Driver Responsibility Fee,” judges ask Gov. Snyder (Michigan Radio)

By Tracy Samilton of Michigan Radio District judges are urging Governor Snyder to support bills that would eliminate a tax called the Driver Responsibility Fee. The bills would also forgive [...]

Political roundup: How relevant is the elected Michigan Board of Education? (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Some members of the Legislature want to eliminate the elected Michigan Board of Education. They say the Board of Education has become little more than [...]

Political roundup: What’s the balance between attracting jobs and giving away too much to get them? (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Wisconsin recently offered up to $3 billion in tax incentives to FoxConn of Taiwan. In Detroit, there have been hundreds of millions of dollars [...]

Political roundup: Legislators stripping control from local government (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio This week, Representative Jason Sheppard, from southeast Michigan, and Senator Joe Hune, from Livingston County, both Republicans, introduced identical bills that propose barring local [...]

A Message about Peter Pratt

Dear friends, We’re sending this message to clients and partners who have worked with the health practice at Public Sector Consultants (PSC). Your involvement at the firm has probably included [...]

Political roundup: Why do the powers of state commissions vary? (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio This week the Michigan Civil Service Commission unilaterally restricted state labor union workers' rights. Emily Lawler for MLive reports: “The rule changes prohibit some issues as subjects of [...]

4 plans considered to bring auto insurance rate relief to Michiganders (Battle Creek Enquirer)

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Relief from the highest auto insurance rates in the nation took on a bigger sense of urgency last week. From comments made [...]

Political roundup: Bipartisan panel criticizes new rules that codify unlimited “dark money” (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio The Michigan Senate yesterday passed legislation that could vastly increase corporate and special interest spending on campaigns. Vicki Barnett, a former mayor of Farmington Hills and [...]

Public education in Michigan is in a free-fall

By Daniel Howes Don’t let the opening days of another school year, or another Michigan win at the Big House, fool you: public education in this state is in steep [...]

Political roundup: With Flint legal bills at $15 million and rising, why isn’t there a cap?

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio As the aftermath of the Flint water crisis drags on, attention has now largely turned toward the repercussions for those involved. Fifteen state and local government [...]

Political roundup: Two years after road funding package, “I can’t imagine a worse possible outcome” (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $1.2 billion road funding package in 2015 that called for increased vehicle registration fees and gas taxes, many of [...]

Political roundup: New report predicts $2 billion shortfall in Michigan’s general fund (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Not much is happening with Michigan’s legislature. They’re out of session for much of August. But a state budget of more than $56 billion dollars was [...]

Political roundup: Michigan loses out on Foxconn mega-plant and prevailing wage under threat (Michigan Radio)

By Jacob Meschke & Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a tax incentive package designed to attract large companies to the state and [...]

Political roundup: State drops unemployment fraud charges; Snyder task force on retiree benefits (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio This week, the state of Michigan dropped charges and arrest warrants against 186 people — almost all of them Detroit residents — after accusing [...]

Michigan’s Research Corridor Radio Episode 7: Jeff Guilfoyle (University Research Corridor)

In this episode, URC Executive Director Jeff Mason speaks to Jeff Guilfyole of Public Sector Consultants about the report "Leading Discovery: URC Contributions to the Life, Medical, and Health Sciences," [...]

Political Roundup: Republican holdouts on “Good Jobs” bill; issues at state child welfare agency (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Governor Rick Snyder got what he wanted from the state legislature this week. Wednesday, state lawmakers passed a package of bills designed to give [...]

Political roundup: AG Schuette’s school mascot opinion, part-time legislature petition restarts (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson released her response to a request from the Trump administration’s election commission for voter data on Monday. She agreed to [...]

Political roundup: End of teacher pensions and charges filed in Flint water debacle (Michigan Radio)

By Tyler Scott & Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio The state legislature is sending Governor Snyder a package of bills that will change retirement benefits for teachers. Vicki Barnett, the [...]

We’re Honored!

We’re so honored to be named a Michigan Economic Bright Spot for 2017 by Corp! Magazine. Each year, the business publication recognizes outstanding companies that contribute to Michigan’s economy through [...]

With little help from Lansing, schools raise money from local taxpayers (Bridge Magazine)

By Ted Roelofs of Bridge Magazine One evening in early May, anxious West Michigan school officials huddled at a Grand Rapids restaurant to await results from an election that easily [...]

Political roundup: Foster kids “slipping through the cracks” and sanctuary city ban (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff from Michigan Radio This week, The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a news release about a federal court update concerning how well Michigan protects [...]

Doug Spade and Mike Clement: Officials bake up trouble if voters left out (The Daily Telegram)

From lenconnect.com Negotiations without the input of commissioners, meetings and district talks at times the public is unlikely to attend and using millage funds in ways voters didn’t approve are [...]

Three Michigan universities question state funding as they top $1.2 billion in life sciences research (MLive)

By Paula Gardner of MLive Three of Michigan's universities combine to conduct $1.2 billion in health science research, yet their leaders say the lack of a coordinated funding strategy threatens [...]

Report: MSU, UM, Wayne State spent $1.2 billion on health sciences research in 2015 (True Viral News)

From TrueViralNews.com Michigan’s top research universities together spent $1.2 billion on research and development in health and life sciences in 2015, according to a new report. Michigan State University, the [...]

A Republican governor. A Republican legislature. Each ignoring the other. (Bridge Magazine)

By Ted Roelofs of Bridge Magazine Even with the GOP in charge of Michigan’s Legislature and governor's seat, the Lansing political scene these days resembles nothing so much as two [...]

A Better Future Op-Ed by Jack Lessenberry (Dome Magazine)

Column by Jack Lessenberry I do a fair amount of speaking to citizens’ groups across Michigan, mostly to people who read my columns or listen to my daily radio broadcasts. [...]

Political roundup: An ugly revenue projection, teacher pensions, and GOP reversal on regulations (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff The State of Michigan received some good news and some bad news this week. Projections show income tax revenue over the next couple of years will likely [...]

Political roundup: Prison funding, and why paying for infrastructure “isn’t rocket science” (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Two sticking points in Lansing lately are prisons and infrastructure. Governor Snyder is calling for an increase in spending for prisons of nearly $1,500 per [...]

Report touts benefits of union training vs. nonunion or college (The Building Tradesman Newspaper)

By Marty Mulcahy, Editor of The Building Tradesmen Newspaper With an aging industry workforce losing workers to retirement, and a strong, long-term forecast for good employment opportunities in most of [...]

Ken Sikkema, Public Sector Consultants Senior Policy Fellow, and Jeff Guilfoyle. Public Sector Consultants Vice Presidents | Richard Piet Show (WJR 760 AM Radio)

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John Banks And Ken Sikkema Discuss Skilled Trades Apprenticeships | Richard Piet Show (95.3 WBCK Radio)

From the Richard Piet Show on 95.3 WBCK Radio President of Motor Shop Electrical Construction John Banks, and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants Ken Sikkema talk about efforts [...]

Ken Sikkema – Senior Policy Fellow for Public Sector Consultants, former Senate Majority Leader – May 4, 2017 (WJR 760 AM)

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Not ready for college? Michigan’s construction industry touts building trades (MLive)

By Paula Gardner of Mlive Career paths in Michigan should more frequently involve skilled trades apprentice training, according to a recent report that details the benefits of the programs. That form [...]

Political roundup: Lawmakers send $100M to Flint, but lack legislation to avoid another crisis (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio The weekly political roundup on Stateside tackles a few of the biggest stories of the week. Ken Sikkema, senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants and [...]

Municipalities’ fiscal outlook gloomy despite economy (The Detroit News)

By David Eggert of the Associated Press Eight years into Michigan’s economic recovery, the fiscal outlook is still unnerving for municipalities seen as ill-equipped to withstand the next recession. Despite continued [...]

Municipalities’ fiscal outlook is gloomy despite recovering economy (Crain’s Detroit Business)

By David Eggert of the Associated Press Eight years into Michigan's economic recovery, the fiscal outlook is still unnerving for municipalities seen as ill-equipped to withstand the next recession. Despite continued [...]

Despite all the good news, Michigan still has a growth problem (Michigan Radio)

By Daniel Howes of Michigan Radio You can find it in booming auto sales and fat corporate profits. You can feel it in a 5.1% unemployment rate. That’s roughly a third [...]

Political roundup: Federal budget uncertainty hovers over potential state cuts (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio Michigan Republican legislators are divided when it comes to the budget. The Detroit News reports the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services cut [...]

Howes: Education decline imperils gains in Michigan

By Daniel Howes of The Detroit News ‘Is the American dream dying in Michigan,” asked the subject line of an email that arrived Thursday morning. The second: “Can our education system [...]

Howes: Mich. ‘comeback’ bounce ain’t what it used to be (The Detroit News)

By Daniel Howes of The Detroit News This week’s political roundup examines two instances of government trying to restrict access to For all the talk about being “The Comeback State,” Michigan [...]

Political roundup: Police body cams, private email accounts spark debates about transparency

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio This week’s political roundup examines two instances of government trying to restrict access to information. Ken Sikkema, Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and [...]

Political roundup: Draft budget pulls from drinking water protections to make room for tax cuts (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio An increase in money for the private firm that's providing food for state prisoners and some cuts to water protection are a couple of the [...]

Michigan residents to Lansing: We don’t trust you to do the basics (Bridge Magazine)

By Ted Roelofs of Bridge Magazine Whether it's education, public health or the influence of money in politics, a Center for Michigan report released today reveals a shocking lack of [...]

Political roundup: Consequences unknown for hasty moves on income tax rollback and school closings (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio This week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder admonished Republicans for rushing legislation to eventually eliminate the state income tax. Meanwhile Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Detroit schools are [...]

No pending Oroville, but Michigan’s aging, crumbling dams pose a risk (Detroit Free Press)

By Keith Matheny of the Detroit Free Press While Michigan faces no potential dam collapse disasters like the worsening situation in Oroville, Calif., the Great Lakes State has thousands of dams that [...]

1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Preparing For The Unknown In A New Administration (WEMU.org)

By David Fair of WEMU 89.1 President Trump has put forth his nominees to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. Lawmakers, pundits and advocates alike are trying to [...]

Leadership as a ‘superpower’ (Grand Valley Lanthorn)

By Megan Webster of the Grand Valley Lanthorn Wheelhouse Talks speaker urges attendees to take advantage of their natural abilities Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies hosted its latest [...]

The evolution of online learning in policy and the classroom (Model D)

By Natalie Burg of Model D In 2007, Pete Bush became the principal for Coopersville High School near Grand Rapids, which had no online learning opportunities in place. But because he knew [...]

Political pundits debrief after closest presidential race in Michigan history (Michigan Radio)

By Lindsey Scullen of Michigan Radio One of the most divisive elections in our country’s history is now in the rear-view mirror. At Monday night’s Issues & Ale Pundit Summit, we debriefed [...]

Managing the storm: Efforts encourage property owners to go green, not drain (Crain’s Detroit Business)

By Jay Greene of Crain's Detroit Business What does modern stormwater management look like? If you ask engineering experts, more ponds, wetlands and vegetative ditches could replace past practices, such [...]

PSC Announces New Addition To The Family (Michigan Business Network)

From Michigan Business Beat by the Michigan Business Network Chris Holman interviews Peter Pratt, president of Public Sector Consultants. In this role, and as an owner of the firm, he [...]

Political roundup: State Capitol building in need of repair; public money for private schools (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff at Michigan Radio The Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing was built in 1879, and later restored in 1992. Now, in 2016, its caretakers say there are [...]

Michigan can do a lot better for families that need child care, report says (Michigan Radio)

By Stateside Staff at Michigan Radio Any parent can tell you that child care is one of the biggest challenges a family can face. A new report finds that Michigan [...]

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to the Women’s Commission (michigan.gov)

Press Release from the State of Michigan LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Mary Templeton of Plymouth as well as the reappointments of Joanne Dawley [...]

Universities Impacting Detroit (Michigan Business Network)

From Michigan Business Beat by the Michigan Business Network Chris Holman spent some time with Jeff Mason, Executive Director, URC, (University Research Corridor), and Jeff Guilfoyle, vice president at Public [...]

After Flint crisis, change the way we spend on infrastructure (Detroit Free Press)

By Chuck Hersey, Free Press guest writer & PSC senior policy fellow Among the lessons from the Flint water crisis, one of the most important is to never again let [...]

Michigan’s record on infrastructure: Ignore everything (Bridge Magazine)

By Lindsay VanHulle of Bridge Magazine LANSING — In the summer of 2003, a massive power outage brought a swath of the eastern United States and Canada ‒ including much of [...]

Panel suggests mix of wind, solar, gas power for BWL (Lansing State Journal)

By Ken Palmer of the Lansing State Journal A legislative panel investigating the Flint water crisis will hear a report tomorrow about how serious the problem might be in the [...]

Legislative panel takes a broader view of Flint water crisis (Michigan Radio)

By Steve Carmody of Michigan Radio A legislative panel investigating the Flint water crisis will hear a report tomorrow about how serious the problem might be in the rest of the [...]

Failing infrastructure threatens Michigan’s public health, safety and economy (Bridge Magazine)

Bridge Magazine Guest Commentary by Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the Michigan Transportation and Infrastructure Association Many times every day in Michigan, we drink and cook with water from our [...]

GLREA has a new “Michigan Women in Energy” series to recognize some of the many women in Michigan making significant contributions to increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency (glrea.org)

The narratives are posted at www.glrea.org and will be shared here on Facebook. This narrative recognizes Julie Metty Bennett. Julie Metty Bennett—a well-known advocate for protecting and preserving Michigan’s natural [...]

Dogs know it when they smell it— Michigan business uses innovative team to track sewage contamination (Michigan Environmental Council)

By Andy McGlashen of the Michigan Environmental Council From the Winter 2016 Michigan Environmental Report Dogs have had jobs ever since they started hanging out with humans: Protect the sheep. [...]

To The Point: Energy regulatory reform (WOOD TV 8)

By Rick Albin of Wood TV 8 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Now not expected to be finished before the end of the year, Michigan’s new energy policy is still the [...]

Terrorism, refugees, and political rhetoric (Michigan Radio)

By Jennifer White of Michigan Radio Each week Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Michelle Richard Promoted to Vice President

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 Michelle Richard Promoted to Vice President LANSING - Public Sector Consultants (PSC) is pleased to [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Statewide Database, Census Info to Detail How State Actions Have Damaged Michigan Cities (mml.org)

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2016 Contact: Matt Bach Director of Media Relations Michigan Municipal League (734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073 mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org Statewide Database, Census Info to Detail How State [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Kuntzsch Solutions Joins Forces with Public Sector Consultants

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich. - As of today, Kuntzsch Solutions has merged with Public Sector Consultants (PSC), [...]

Thank You Ken Sikkema

At Public Sector Consultants (PSC), we are fortunate that clients regularly hire us to do interesting and important public policy work that moves Michigan forward. Every now and then, our [...]

Best Thing About Public Sector Consultants Video

Before ringing in the new year and making resolutions, we asked staff, “What is the best thing about PSC?” A whole lot of wonderful ensued. Check it out! Share:

Scary but inevitable: survey reveals thoughts on driverless cars (Great Lakes Echo)

We haven’t quite made it to flying cars, but driverless cars could soon be a thing. Michiganders are wary about it. A recent survey shows that widespread publicity about autonomous [...]

Water quality, automated cars stir interest of Michigan voters (Capital News Service)

LANSING — The controversy about elevated levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water has sparked significant concern about water quality across Michigan, a new statewide poll shows. More than 90 [...]

Water quality stirs interest of Michigan voters (Great Lakes Echo)

The controversy about elevated levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water has sparked significant concern about water quality across Michigan, a new statewide survey shows. More than 90 percent of [...]

Michigan Radio/PSC poll on hot topics in 2015 (Michigan Radio)

As 2015 winds down, it seems like a good time to see what Michigan voters think about a variety of issues that made headlines over this year. Michigan Radio and [...]

What would a ban on straight-ticket voting mean for voters? (Michigan Radio)

As the Michigan House and Senate wrap up for the year, there’s a piece of legislation that could change what voters experience in the booth. The Republican majority is working to [...]

Beyond evaluation: How Michigan supports its teachers (Second Wave)

Study after study indicates teachers are the single most important school-based factor when it comes to student learning. The problem, according to some experts, is that there is no silver [...]

Energy regulatory reform (To the Point)

PSC's Ken Sikkema and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters' Jack Schmitt discuss the hotly debated proposed legislation aimed at reforming Michigan's energy policy. [Read More...] Share:

PRESS RELEASE: Split over guns and prison reform, voters unite over water quality

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 Split over guns and prison reform, voters unite over water quality LANSING, Mich. – In [...]

Terrorism, refugees, and political rhetoric (Michigan Radio)

Each week Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, join us to take a look [...]

Snyder’s plan for Detroit Public Schools faces serious challenges (Michigan Radio)

With the roads funding plan behind them, the Michigan Legislature is on break until December. When they return, fixing Detroit Public Schools will be at the top of the legislative [...]

Region 9 Prosperity Summit…setting the course for the future! (Bright Ideas)

Come hear from leaders of successful regional economic partnerships about how they have moved their talent and economic agendas forward, discuss how these models could be applied in Region 9 [...]

Yes, Virginia, there is a road funding plan

The legislature this week passed a package of bills to fund Michigan roads. The legislation would bump up the state’s gas tax by seven cents per gallon, and boost vehicle [...]

In the Gears: PSC’s evaluation skills inform decision-makers (Bright Ideas)

Effective policy does not end with implementation; programs, initiatives and policies must be continuously evaluated to make sure they are reaching their milestones and goals. At PSC, consultants work with [...]

Voters, experts agree: It’s time for an independent redistricting commission (Bright Ideas)

Redistricting made national headlines this past June when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s independent redistricting commission -- a bipartisan alternative to having the state legislature draw voting lines. In [...]

Congratulations, Shanna!

Make sure to congratulate our senior consultant Shanna Draheim on her new city council seat! [Read More...] Share:

PSC is 36!

Public Sector Consultants’ president, Peter Pratt, has been with the firm for 29 years. In honor of PSC’s 36th birthday this past month, he reflects on those past three decades. [...]

Universities want more money. Snyder wants more innovation (Bridge)

With college costs rising and Michigan near the bottom nationally in higher education funding, the state is at a crossroads. The divide over how to fix the problem was epitomized [...]

Michigan researchers criticize ‘absurd’ out-of-state RPS study (Midwest Energy News)

Researchers and policy experts in Michigan are criticizing an out-of-state organization's report released last month claiming the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard has prevented 24,000 jobs from being created and caused [...]

Upcoming conference will focus on college affordability and value

High school seniors have some big decisions to make before they put on their caps and gowns. And because of tuition hikes in Michigan, these decisions are getting more difficult. [...]

Can Gov. Snyder’s plan for Detroit schools get past the politics? (Michigan Radio)

Gov. Rick Snyder this week announced his plan for overhauling Detroit Public Schools. It includes splitting the district and leaving the debt with the old DPS, while a new district [...]

New Michigan roads plan strains budget, but ‘doable’ (The Detroit News)

The latest legislative plan for fixing Michigan’s crumbling roadways would divert $806 million from the state’s $10 billion general fund plus untold hundreds of millions in future income tax reductions [...]

What the rest of Michigan can learn from West Michigan’s Talent 2025 (Capital Gains)

Talent development appears to be a national Catch-22. The education system struggles to keep pace with the economy and employers can’t seem to find skilled workers. 7.9 million American people [...]

Announcement from PSC: Ken Sikkema Appointed to Flint Water Task Force

On October 21, 2015, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that PSC senior policy fellow, Ken Sikkema, will co-chair the Flint Water Task Force with Chris Kolb of the Michigan Environmental Council. [...]

CEO of Public Sector Consultants comments on the topics of redistricting and medical marijuana (Capital City Recap)

CEO Jeff Williams joins Michael Cohen on WILS AM. [Read More...] Share:

Challenges to upward mobility solutions summit (Bridge)

The Center for Michigan (one of our partners) is hosting the Challenges to Upward Mobility Summit on October 20. Our very own Ken Sikkema will be the keynote speaker. [Read [...]

Is the fallout from Flint’s water crisis just beginning? (Michigan Radio)

Our senior policy fellow Ken Sikkema joins Michigan Radio's Jen White to talk about the Flint water crisis. [Read More...] Share:

Will the Legislature finally take action on the roads? (Michigan Radio)

Jennifer White was joined by Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, to take a [...]

We are back up and running!

As of October 1 at 12:30 P.M. Share:

Septic tanks flush water quality down the tubes (Great Lakes Echo)

The Great Lakes Echo spoke to our consultant Jon Beard about septic regulation and water quality in Michigan. [Read More...] Share:

Attend the Career Navigation Solutions Summit

Public Sector Consultants (PSC) and the Center for Michigan (CFM) have partnered in countless ways to move Michigan forward. For the past eight years, CFM has used PSC for public [...]

Unlike Courser, Gamrat, courts get 1st crack at 2 Dems (Detroit News)

Detroit News interviewed our CEO Jeff Williams about proceedings for Sen. Virgil Smith and Rep. Brian Banks. [Read More..] Share:

Michigan Radio/PSC poll finds support for redistricting changes, and for recreational marijuana use (Michigan Radio)

Michigan Radio and Public Sector Consultants conducted a poll of 600 likely voters from Aug. 4-8 about how they felt financially, possible changes in redistricting, and the potential legalization of [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Poll: Voters open to redistricting change

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 Poll: Voters open to redistricting change In the latest installment of the PSC-Michigan Radio Michigan’s [...]

Job Posting: Editor

PSC is currently seeking applicants for the following position: Editor Full-time employment; exempt from overtime (administrative exemption) Job Summary: The editor for Public Sector Consultants (PSC) is responsible for editing and maintenance [...]

Why teacher diversity matters in Michigan

Education experts have long talked about the importance of high quality, highly effective teaching. But as teachers head back to their classrooms to start another school year, we must ask [...]

The Michigan Clean Energy Reports: A look at clean energy

Communities throughout Michigan are making clean energy efforts, but it’s important to take a closer look at what’s actually being implemented and what types of solutions would lead to better [...]

Will Wayne County consent agreement keep it out of emergency management, bankruptcy? (Michigan Radio)

The Wayne County Commission has approved the consent agreement with the state by a 14 to 1 vote. The consent agreement will require the county to make deep cuts in [...]

In the Gears: Defining the problems — and solutions — for Region 9

When Gov. Rick Snyder announced his statewide Regional Prosperity Initiative in 2014, it was billed as a means of encouraging local partners to create vibrant regional economies. The RPI acknowledged [...]

PSC report makes recommendations to improve Michigan’s education system

Michigan’s economic future depends on the state’s ability to produce a talented workforce that can both create new businesses and jobs and attract them from around the world. But despite [...]

Beyond the battlefield: Bridging the disconnect between public perception and the state’s efforts

Most Michiganders think the state doesn’t give returning veterans adequate services, according to a recent poll from Michigan Radio and Public Sector Consultants. According to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency [...]

ATTENTION: We’re back! — 8/13/15

We're back! Our power has been restored, and we send big thanks to the Lansing Board of Water and Light crews and our building owners for their hard work after [...]

More than half of Michigan voters don’t think returning vets get adequate services from the state

A new poll from Michigan Radio and Public Sector Consultants asks voters in Michigan about their perception of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The survey of 600 [...]

PRESS RELEASE: PSC research links focus on education to stronger workforce

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich. — In a new report, Public Sector Consultants (PSC) takes a close look [...]

What’s in the 2016 state budget and what’s next on the legislative agenda? (Michigan Radio)

The state has completed the 2016 budget. Republicans and Democrats celebrated an increase in education funding and early literacy programs. The Legislature also carved out money for Michigan roads, but [...]

Early Childhood Policy in Michigan (Capital Gains)

Early childhood advocates know birth to age 3 is a critical period for brain development, so they are increasingly turning their attention to that window of opportunity. [Read More...] Share:

Phil Power: After preschool gains, Michigan should now turn to 0-3 child policies (MLive)

National research by Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants and the Citizens Research Council showed that certain kinds of programs show strong returns on investment: Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby. A mother's health [...]

Lawmakers wrap up budget; what’s next? (Michigan Radio)

Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed the $54 billion state budget that pays for schools, universities, prisons, and more. That marks about six months of activity for the newest Michigan [...]

‘Detroit fatigue’ greets Snyder’s Detroit schools plan (The Detroit News)

Jeff Guilfoyle, vice president of Public Sector Consultants in Lansing, said the alternatives to Snyder's plan could include bankruptcy, refinancing the debt and "kicking the can down the road" or [...]

Job Posting: Consultant for Education and Public Finance

 For a printer friendly version of the following job posting, click here. PSC is currently seeking applicants for the following position: Consultant for Education and Public Finance Full-time employment; exempt [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Poll: Moral duty to Detroit Schools, Financial Duty Less Clear

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 Moral duty to Detroit schools, financial duty less clear In the latest Public Sector Consultants/Denno [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Voters Point to Complexity, Leadership Issues for Prop 1 Failure

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 Voters point to complexity, leadership issues for Prop 1 failure Recently, Michigan voters overwhelmingly defeated [...]

What will Proposal 1 rejection mean for Republicans? (MichiganRadio.com)

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‘Detroit fatigue’ greets Snyder’s Detroit schools plan (detroitnews.com)

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What Does the No-Fault Auto Bill Mean for You? (WILX.com)

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What is Governor Snyder’s plan for Detroit schools? (MichiganRadio.org)

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Early learning summit in June could impact Michigan’s children (BridgeMI.com)

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Weekly Political Roundup: Gov. Snyder says he’ll veto RFRA. What happens now? (MichiganRadio.com)

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Ken Sikkema will be part of a discussion on the Healthy Michigan Plan

Ken Sikkema, senior policy fellow at PSC, will be part of a discussion on the Healthy Michigan Plan April 7. The event is free and open to the public. Learn [...]

Thoughts on how to improve teacher evaluations in Michigan (MichiganRadio.com)

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A steady doctor for babies to call their own (Bridgemi.com)

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Michigan struggles to support child care for thousands of children (Bridgemi.com)

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Only 1-in-10 at-risk children enrolled in parental coaching program (Bridgemi.com)

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Putting a value on young minds (Bridgemi.com)

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Poll: Natural resources are state’s best attributes but many residents favor cutting support (Great Lakes Echo)

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Poll finds only 35% give Michigan schools an A or a B (MichiganRadio.com)

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PRESS RELEASE: Offshore Wind Turbines, Job Creation, Education In; Prisons Out

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 Offshore wind turbines, job creation, education in; prisons out Fresh off the heels of Gov. [...]

What the state should invest in according to Michigan residents (MichiganRadio.com)

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Michigan Radio/PSC poll finds voters want more state money spent on jobs and less on prisons (MichiganRadio.com)

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Michigan deficit likely to trigger cuts in services

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Snyder faces tax fight with GOP peers in second term (Detroit News)

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William Rustem announced as first recipient of Thomas L. Washington Lifetime Conservation Award

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Michigan’s electric choice law ‘in the crosshairs’ in 2015 (Midwest Energy News)

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Utilities’ report warns of energy shortage: Consumers, DTE urge building new power plants (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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Jeff Williams on WKAR: Jobs, roads top concerns in post-election poll

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Julie Metty Bennett on the Ron Jolly Show (WTCM NewsTalk 580) discussing electricity reliability in Michigan

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PRESS RELEASE: November PSC/Denno Research Poll Results

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 November PSC/Denno Research Poll Results Fresh off the heels of the November 2014 election, with [...]

Julie Metty Bennett interviewed by WILNS 1320 AM regarding electric reliability in Michigan

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PRESS RELEASE: PSC Report Highlights Challenges Facing Electric Reliability in Michigan

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.—A new report released by Public Sector Consultants Inc. (PSC), a Lansing-based public policy [...]

Julie Metty Bennett on Michigan Radio: Electric Reliability in Michigan

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Michelle Richard on Michigan Radio: Future of standardized testing in Michigan

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REPORT RELEASE: Policy Options to Support Children from Birth to Age Three

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeffrey Guilfoyle, Vice President Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 REPORT RELEASE: Policy Options to Support Children from Birth to Age Three Public Sector Consultants (PSC) and [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Political Community, Media, Citizens Anticipate Pundit Summit XII

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.--The state's top political minds will gather at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing from [...]

26th Glenn Allen, Jr. Memorial Election Contest

The 26th Glenn Allen, Jr. Memorial Election Contest is now open! This game of skill was created in 1964 by Judge Allen and is the longest running election prediction contest [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Public Sector Consultants announces 2014 Glenn S. Allen, Jr. Memorial Election Contest

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeff Williams, CEO Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 Public Sector Consultants announces 2014 Glenn S. Allen, Jr. Memorial Election Contest LANSING, Mich. -- Public Sector Consultants [...]

Register now for Pundit Summit XII

With a focus on Michigan and a fast-paced, interactive agenda, Pundit Summit XII promises to keep you laughing and in the know about the changing political landscape. Don’t miss it—register [...]

Senate Race May Already Be Over, Political Analysts Say (WILX.com)

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Susan J. Demas: Lengthening term limits could be on Republicans’ lame duck menu (Mlive.com)

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PRESS RELEASE: September 2014 Poll – We Are Young

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 SEPTEMBER 2014 POLL—WE ARE YOUNG Public Sector Consultants Inc. (PSC) recently celebrated its 35th year [...]

More storms, larger outages challenge DTE, Consumers

Power distribution and affordable electricity are often difficult to balance especially when severe weather and dead trees are added to the mix. Our own Ken Sikkema, weighs in on the [...]

What is Proposal 1 All About? (WILX.com)

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PRESS RELEASE: July PSC/Denno Research Poll Results

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 July PSC/Denno Research Poll: Political Differences Apparent in Environment, Health Care Public Sector Consultants Inc. [...]

How many Great Lakes have you dipped a toe in? (MLive.com)

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Are Michigan kids spending too many days in school? See how we compare (Mlive.com)

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PSC Expands Data Site on Nonprofits’ Economic Impact

PSC has updated and expanded a website that details data on the economic impact of Michigan’s nonprofit sector. By visiting nonprofit.pscinc.com, you can find interactive maps and tables that present [...]

Report outlines economic impact of Michigan’s nonprofits (mibiz.com)

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Request for Proposals: Investment Management for Michigan Saves

As of May 31, 2014, Michigan Saves has approximately $11.5 million of funds on hand, which are invested according to short- and long-term investment policy statements approved by the board. [...]

Mich. Legislature adjourns for summer break without a deal for more road funding (DetroitNews.com)

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Nonprofit sector accounts for 1 in 10 jobs in Michigan (BattleCreekEnquirer.com)

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Fighting back, Michigan nonprofits say they stabilized state economy during downturn (Mlive.com)

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PRESS RELEASE: Michigan’s Nonprofit Sector Responsible for 1 in 10 Jobs in State; Billions in Wages

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.—A detailed analysis by Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing-based public policy research firm, [...]

Moroun campaign donations raise eyebrows in Detroit bridge vote (Detroit News)

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Jeff Guilfoyle on State Side with Cynthia Canty (Michigan Radio)

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That’s a Bright Idea

At Public Sector Consultants, we have been developing and executing bright ideas for our clients for more than 30 years. Now we are sharing that work, along with discussions of [...]

PRESS RELEASE: PSC Lands Diamond Award for Healthy Workplace Activities from Governor Rick Snyder

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.— Public Sector Consultants Inc., Michigan’s premier public policy research firm, was honored April [...]

Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage (npr.org)

CEO Jeff Williams quoted in NPR story about Michigan's loss of clout on Capitol Hill as longtime members of Congress retire. Share:

PRESS RELEASE: Montana’s Experience Augments PSC Review of Electric Deregulation Results

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.— A case study by Public Sector Consultants Inc. (PSC) of a fourth state [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Guilfoyle Brings Long Policy Experience, Analytic Skills to PSC

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.—Public Sector Consultants Inc., Michigan's premier public policy research firm, announces today the addition [...]

Delta Institute Focuses on the Environment and the Economy (Greater Lansing Business Monthly)

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State funds for Detroit pension-DIA deal likely to come with strings (Detroit Free Press)

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Podcast of Business Beat with Peter Pratt and Chris Holman (MichiganBusinessNetwork.com)

Podcast of Michigan Business Beat (2/4/2014), Peter Pratt and Chris Holman discuss possible tax cuts that will affect Michigan in the near future. [Read More...] Share:

Achievement analysis ranks Central Academy, Ann Arbor Public Schools among best in Michigan (MLive.com)

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PRESS RELEASE: Public Sector Consultants names ‘top prognosticator’ from 2013 Prophecy Contest

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.―Public Sector Consultants Inc., Michigan’s premier public policy research firm, announced today the winners [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Public Sector Consultants Inc. Offers Expertise to Media for State of State

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.―Public Sector Consultants Inc., Michigan’s premier public policy research firm, is offering its expertise [...]

PSC congratulates Michigan on federal funds for early childhood investments

PSC congratulates the State of Michigan on landing $52 million from the federal Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge. This investment will benefit thousands of children across Michigan. PSC was [...]

Jeff Williams presented keynote address at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Last year, Jeff Willams delivered a keynote address, "Integrative Studies Where I Least Expected It," at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies at Oakland University in [...]

PRESS RELEASE: PSC’s analysis of three states identifies shortcomings of electric deregulation policies

For Immediate Release Contact: Ken Sikkema, Senior Policy Fellow Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich.―Public Sector Consultants Inc. today released three reports highlighting the problems faced by three states [...]

We have moved!

PSC is happy to announce the move to our new location is complete. After more than a year of planning, construction, and dizzying to-do lists, we are settling into our [...]

The Common Core hearings have begun, but just what are these standards? (Michelle Richard on Michigan Radio)

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Michigan program to help guide Energy Department efficiency effort (MidwestEnergyNews.com)

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Political insider: Snyder appointee another from PSC (DetroitNews.com)

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PRESS RELEASE: PSC staffers selected by governor for leadership positions

For Immediate Release Contact: Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped longtime Public Sector Consultants (PSC) policy expert [...]

BCPS slashes $2.2 million (BattleCreekEnquirer.com)

BCPS slashes $2.2 million—Twenty teaching jobs eliminated; Outdoor Education Center kept (BattleCreekEnquirer.com) [Read More...] Share:

Consolidation is a viable option for some Michigan school districts, but not all (MichiganRadio.org)

Michelle Richard on Michigan Public Radio discussing school consolidation. [Read More...] Share:

PSC Welcomes Selma Tucker and Katie Van Dorn

Public Sector Consultants (PSC) is pleased to announce that Selma Tucker has joined the firm as the new director of marketing and communications and Katie Van Dorn comes as a [...]

Residents set to fight for Clear Lake Camp (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Shanna Drahiem's work with Battle Creek Public Schools highlighted in an article, "Residents set to fight for Clear Lake Camp," in the Battle Creek Enquirer on March 15, 2013. [Read [...]

Julie Metty Bennett on Business Beat with Chris Holman

Julie Metty Bennett discusses Michigan Saves, a nonprofit dedicated to making energy improvements easy and affordable, on Business Beat with Chris Holman. (Originally aired on 2/5/2013, Michigan Business Network.) [Read [...]

Measuring how charter schools perform in Michigan (MichiganRadio.org)

Jeff Williams on Michigan Radio regarding Michigan Charter Schools. [Read More...] Share:

We’re Moving!

After more than 20 years in our current office, we are moving in late June to the top floor of the 230 North Building on Washington Square in downtown Lansing. [...]

Michigan public schools fare poorly in statewide study (Detroit News)

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Michigan Saves makes going green easy and affordable (MLive.com)

Michigan Saves makes going green easy and affordable (Julie Metty Bennet on MLive.com) [Read More...] Share:

2012 Michigan Prophecy Contest Results Announced

The first place winner of the 2012 Michigan Prophecy Contest is Hon. Milton L. Mack, Jr., Chief Judge, Wayne County Probate Court, with 51 points out of a total of [...]

What do you predict for Michigan in 2013? Prophecy contest turns focus to future of the state (MLive.com, 1/1/13)

What do you predict for Michigan in 2013? Prophecy contest turns focus to future of the state (posted on MLive.com, 1/1/13) Click here to participate in the contest. Contest ends [...]

Policy reasons for exempting police, fire from Right to Work remain unclear (Craig Ruff in the Bridge)

Craig Ruff quoted in "Policy reasons for exempting police, fire from Right to Work remain unclear" on BridgeMI.com.   [Read More...] Share:

Daimler to announce $100M investment as Obama visits Detroit Diesel (Craig Ruff in The Detroit News)

Craig Ruff quoted in The Detroit News article "Daimler to announce $100M investment as Obama visits Detroit Diesel" on 12/10/12. [Read More...] Share:

Window of opportunity: GOP strength, lame-duck session seen as key (Craig Ruff in Crain’s Detroit Business)

Craig Ruff quoted in Crain's Detroit Business article "Window of opportunity: GOP strength, lame-duck session seen as key" on 12/9/12. [Read More...] Share:

Snyder’s moderate label on the line (Craig Ruff in Detroit News)

Craig Ruff quoted in the Detroit News article "Snyder's moderate label on the line" on 12/8/2012. [Read More...] Share:

Campaign contributions by PAC tied to Grand Valley State University down about 95 percent since 2004 (Ken Sikkema, MLive.com)

Ken Sikkema quoted in "Campaign contributions by PAC tied to Grand Valley State University down about 95 percent since 2004" on MLive.com (12/6/12). [Read More...] Share:

Snyder puts right to work on agenda (Craig Ruff, The Detroit News)

Craig Ruff, Senior Policy Fellow, comments on The Detroit News Article "Snyder puts right to work on agenda: Gov concedes to public debate on controversial legislation" (12/5/2012) [Read More...] Share:

As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Working Families Brace Themselves (Peter Pratt, WILX.com)

As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Working Families Brace Themselves (Peter Pratt on WILX TV 10) [Read More...] Share:

Stateside: Education reforms aim to change schools’ formats (MichiganRadio.com)

Jeff Williams and MLive reporter Tim Martin talk about proposed changes to the education system in Michigan. [Read More...] Share: .vc_custom_1478099277665{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;} Making Child Care a Regional [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Julie Metty Bennett Joins Ownership Team at Public Sector Consultants

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeff Williams and Peter Pratt Public Sector Consultants (517) 484-4954 LANSING  ̶  Public Sector Consultants today announced that Julie Metty Bennett would join Jeff Williams, CEO, [...]

Stateside: Education Achievement Authority faces loss of Detroit Public Schools (Michelle Richard on Michigan Public Radio)

Stateside: Education Achievement Authority faces loss of Detroit Public Schools (Michelle Richard on Michigan Public Radio, 11/14/2012) [Read More...] Share:

Obama victory means health care reform moves forward, execs say (Peter Pratt, CrainsDetroit.com)

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Proposal 4: In-Home Care Workers (Craig Ruff, WILX.com)

Craig Ruff quoted on WILX.com regarding Proposal 4: In-Home Care Workers. [Read More...] Share:

Proposal 1: The Emergency Manager Law (Craig Ruff, WILX.com)

Craig Ruff is quoted regarding Proposal 1 (The Emergency Manager Law or Public Act 4). Posted on WILX.com on October 29, 2012 [Read More...] Share:

Michigan Unions Seek Constitutional Protection (Craig Ruff, PEWstates.org)

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Snyder finds voice on ballot proposals (Craig Ruff in the Detroit News)

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Phil Power: School reform opportunity (Traverse City Record Eagle)

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Propsal 3: Ken Sikkema & Dianne Byrum Discuss Both Sides of the Issue (Michigan Matters, CBS TV62 Detroit)

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Loss of a colleague…Gary Olson

We are saddened today by the passing away of our colleague and friend, Gary Olson. Gary worked for two years at PSC as senior policy fellow after retiring from a [...]

After election scandal and close primary, Roy Schmidt’s re-election chances in November debated (Craig Ruff quoted in MLive.com)

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For pro-business candidates, today’s primary is ‘the race’ (Craig Ruff quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business)

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Jeff Williams live in studio on school aid in MI (MIBigShow, H1S4)

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A Health Impact Assessment of the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan and Climate Sustainability Plan Recommendations (HealthImpactProject.org)

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Tony Conley’s Interview with Jeff Williams (1320 WILS)

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What’s Next After the Supreme Court Ruling?

By Peter Pratt, President, Public Sector Consultants Whether you agree or disagree with the United States Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as [...]

Colleges’ ROI more complicated than simple math (Jeff Williams in Bridge Magazine)

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Michigan Business Beat Podcast with Peter Pratt

Michigan Business Beat Podcast with Peter Pratt regarding the personal property tax reform (Michigan Business Network.com). Originally aired on 4/27/2012   [Read More...] Share:

COLUMN: Don’t let personal property tax reform stymie Michigan’s wind industry

Column: Don't let personal property tax reform stymie Michigan's wind industry MLive.com By Shanna Draheim Click here to read the article. Share:

OPINION: Tax reform efforts in Lansing could hurt Michigan’s wind energy industry (AnnArbor.com)

OPINION: Tax reform efforts in Lansing could hurt Michigan's wind energy industry Ann Arbor.com Guest Column by Shanna Draheim Click here to read more. Share:

Cutting business equipment tax will mean cuts to local governments and higher real estate taxes (Ken Sikkema on Michigan Radio)

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In college readiness, Michigan falls short (PSC and Bridge Magazine)

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Conservation leader still active in Michigan (Jack Bails in the Wausau Daily Herald)

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What’s next for Public Act 4? (Ken Sikkema on Michigan Radio)

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Push begins for Nov. ballot petitions (Craig Ruff in the Detroit News)

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Consent plan calls for quasi EM (Craig Ruff in the Detroit News)

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Political Roundup: Republican agenda moving forward? (Michigan Radio with Ken Sikkema)

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Mark Coscarelli speaks at the 2012 Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference

Mark Coscarelli spoke about the layout and history of the watershed at the 2012 Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference at Saginaw Valley University. Click here to read the article posted on [...]

PSC adds new Governance and Regulation division

PSC adds new Governance and Regulation division LANSING  ̶  Public Sector Consultants today announced Vice President Emily Houk as the head of its new Governance and Regulation division. Houk will [...]

Weighing in on the primary (Michigan Radio with Ken Sikkema)

Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, joins a panel of speaks with Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White  to discuss where the Republican presidential [...]

Julie Metty Bennett talks about the Michigan’s Metropolitan and Urban Strategy

Julie Metty Bennett talks about the Michigan’s Metropolitan and Urban Strategy, a report prepared by PSC and the Brookings Institute, on WJIM-AM. Click here to listen to her interview. Share:

Michigan Radio Interview with Michelle Herbon

Michigan Radio interview with Michelle Herbon, a Senior Consultant at Public Sector Consultants. (Michigan Radio, 1/31/2012) [Read More...] Share:

2011 Michigan Prophecy Contest Results

2011 Michigan Prophecy Contest Results The first place winner of the 2011 Michigan Prophecy Contest is Don Tilley with 45 points out of a total of 61. Second place goes [...]

2012 Michigan Prophecy Contest Begins

The 2012 Michigan Prophecy Contest is now available. All statements are about things that may or may not happen between January 9 and December 31, 2012. All statements relate to [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Longtime Senate Fiscal Agency director to join Public Sector Consultants

For Immediate Release Contact: Phil Lewis, The Rossman Group Office: 517-487-9320 Cell: 517-927-9310 plewis@rossmangroup.com Longtime Senate Fiscal Agency director to join Public Sector Consultants LANSING, Mich. - After 20 years [...]

Letter to Clients and Friends

We are fortunate at PSC to have talented staff—and numerous clients with challenging public policy questions! For thirty years, both have helped make PSC a leading voice for high-quality, credible, [...]

PRESS RELEASE: PSC Celebrates 30 Years

For Immediate Release Contact: Phil Lewis, The Rossman Group Office: 517-487-9320 Cell: 517-927-9310 plewis@rossmangroup.com Public Sector Consultants Celebrates 30 Years LANSING, Mich. - Public Sector Consultants, a home-grown public policy [...]

State Implementation of Health Reform: A Timeline

Fifty-six health policy leaders from around the state attended a May 12 round table discussion on Michigan’s role in the implementation of the federal health care reform legislation. The event, [...]

Michigan Saves

Michigan Saves is an innovative program that will make energy efficiency upgrades and installing renewable energy systems more affordable for all types of Michigan energy consumers—businesses, local governments, and residents. [...]