News Entries from 2017

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. [...]

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 [...]

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)

By Frank Beckmann on WJR 760 AM Radio Live from Lansing for the Michigan Construction Industry Skilled Trades Conference. Share:

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)

By Frank Beckmann Of News Talk WJR 760 AM Discusses their report tracking apprenticeships and how they work in and benefit Michigan. [Read More...] Share:

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 [...]