News Entries from 2015

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, [...]

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 [...]

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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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