When local residents feel the planning process for building wind turbines is fair and open, their perceptions of the often-controversial energy source remain steady or improve with time, according to a University of Michigan study.
Nearly half of Michigan's largest local governments feel they have little staff capacity for land use planning and zoning, according to a survey from University of Michigan researchers.
A statewide survey of local officials shows a majority are very confident in their jurisdiction's ability to administer accurate elections. However, those in Michigan's largest cities and townships — which hold nearly half the population — were more likely to report having experienced election-related problems recently.
Many local government leaders across Michigan aren't content with their jurisdiction's relationship with state government, according to a new survey by University of Michigan researchers.
The number of Americans who believe there is evidence of global warming rose to 63 percent after a memorable winter that included record cold and snow in the Northeast and historic warmth and drought in the West, according to a University of Michigan survey.
Despite recent attempts in many state legislatures to repeal or weaken renewable-energy requirements, a University of Michigan poll finds that a majority of Americans — of every race, income and education level, and religious and political affiliation — support such mandates.
A majority of local officials in Michigan think their peers are mostly ethical, although just less than half would say the same about state legislators.
Fracking is limited in Michigan with an estimated 6 percent of the state’s local jurisdictions reporting existing fracking operations or some kind of activity to expand them, but the topic generates significantly more debate, a U-M survey finds.