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Midterm Election Outlook via State of the State Survey

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Voting Day

With midterm elections less than one week away, Democrats appear to lead in two top-of-ticket races, according to Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey, or…

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Latest State of the State Survey Indicates Increased Consumer Confidence

Monday, June 18, 2018
Lansing Capitol

Michigan residents have increased confidence in their state’s economy but only tepid toward top elected leaders finds Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey. “Michigan’s consumer confidence…

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85% of Taxpayers Overstate Their Actual Federal Income Taxes

Friday, March 30, 2018
Charles Ballard and Sanjay Gupta

About 85 percent of taxpayers overstate their actual federal income taxes, according to new research from Michigan State University. Charles Ballard, professor of economics, and Sanjay Gupta, the Eli and…

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Michiganders Optimistic about Economy, Less Happy with Leaders

Monday, March 5, 2018
Charles Ballard

The latest State of the State Survey (SOSS) reveals that Michiganders are more confident in the economy than they are in elected officials, and they have a positive…

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USDA Grant to Improve Agricultural Use of Water, Energy

Thursday, January 18, 2018
David Hyndman

Around the world, irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of water and one of the largest users of energy. Michigan State University scientists are leading a $2.5 million…

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MSU Scholar Finds $21 Trillion in Unauthorized Federal Spending

Monday, December 11, 2017
Mark Skidmore

Earlier this year, a Michigan State University economist, working with graduate students and a former government official, found $21 trillion in unauthorized spending in the departments of Defense…

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MSU Faculty Members Among World’s Most Highly Cited

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Cole Deb He Howe Ohlrogge Wooldridge

Six Michigan State University faculty members have earned a spot on the Clarivate Analytics highly cited researchers list for 2017. This year’s list honors approximately 3,400 scientists from…

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Michigan Residents Bullish on Economy, But Not on Trump

Monday, August 28, 2017
Charles Ballard

Consumer confidence in Michigan rose to its highest level in 15 years, even as Donald Trump’s approval ratings in the state were the lowest of any incoming president…

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Climate Change, Tornadoes and Mobile Homes: A Dangerous Mix

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Aftermath of category 4 tornado that touched down in small town in Indiana

Tornadoes and mobile homes don’t mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even…

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National Mental Health Survey Finds Widespread Ignorance and Stigma

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Mark Skidmore

Less than half of Americans can recognize anxiety. Most people don’t know what to do about depression even when they spot it. And nearly 8 in 10 don’t…

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