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* A study says the financial trends for public research universities – here that means U-M, MSU and Wayne State – are grim. " Public research universities — particularly top-tier flagship institutions like the universities of Michigan, Virginia, Texas and California — are in some ways stuck between worlds. They compete for students and faculty and conduct research on a national and even global scale. But they remain under substantial political control of the states, and dependent on them for funding.":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/public-research-universities-have-lost-20-percent-of-state-funding-face-peril-report-finds/2012/09/25/37c19db6-0718-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html

* This must be causing some angst in the executive offices of the Detroit 3: Driver's licenses are becoming less common among younger Americans. Someone who doesn't bother to obtain a driver's license early in life is someone who is unlikely to buy cars:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/09/26/cars_per_capita_are_in_long_term_decline_.html

* There’s an Asian carp doomsday clock for the Great Lakes – and it’s moving in the wrong direction:

http://allthingsgreatlakes.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/announcing-the-asian-carp-doomsday-clock-a-new-way-to-convey-the-risk-of-these-invaders-storming-the-great-lakes/

* With costs mounting, Arkansas adopts a program to give financial incentives to doctors to be more efficient in providing care:

http://www.governing.com/news/state/sl-new-health-care-plan-arkansas.html

* John Austin, a member of the State Board of Education, is heading up a new policy group, the Michigan Economic Center, to push ideas on the "blue" and the "green" economy. 

http://primacivitas.org/News-Media/PCF-News/ID/311/John-Austin-to-head-new-Michigan-Economic-Center-at-PCF

* Gov. Rick Snyder provides his analysis of Proposal 5 -- the supermajority requirement. Hint -- he doesn't like it:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_POd1ySCnCA&list=UUpSY_Qh_BLsD_qiPxhd88Ig&index=3&feature=plcp

* The Detroit Free Press' Brian Dickerson provides a tale out of Oakland County that illustrates several of the glaring weaknesses in Michigan campaign law.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012309300163

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