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Education Policy Fellowship Program

School Funding & Michigan's Fiscal Deficit

February 5, 2007
12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar we will review the structure of the Michigan tax system, examine some of the reasons behind the state's current fiscal deficit, and explore the major challenges facing state leaders, especially the funding of public schools.  Over the next several months Michigan's elected leaders must replace the Single Business Tax that expires on December 31, 2007.  Replacement tax proposals are being advocated by various public and private sector groups and the debate over which formula will stimulate business and economic growth in Michigan has begun.  This seminar will provide a context for the Fellows to consider the components of these tax proposals and their potential impact on school funding in Michigan.


Resource Person:

David Arsen, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Administration
College of Education
408 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-2276
arsen [at]

Dr. David Arsen is a professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU). A Michigan native, he received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his career, Dr. Arsen has devoted his teaching and research to applied public policy analysis, with specialization in public finance and state and local economic development.  He taught at Barnard College, Columbia University before returning to Michigan to take a position in MSU's James Madison College where he led the development of the Political Economy Program.  Dr. Arsen joined MSU's College of Education in 2001 where his current research focuses on educational finance, school choice and education policy.


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