The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are talking about.
 Lent Upson - first director of Citizens Research Council of Michigan


Thursday, September 20, 2018

 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

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Crowne Plaza Lansing West
925 S. Creyts Rd.
Lansing, MI 48917

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Sharon Martin
Citizens Research Council of Michigan

Our guest of honor:
A treasurer who served five Michigan governors

Join Michigan’s Fact Tank for Our Annual Public Policy Dinner Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Come gather with others who value smart public policy research at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. We're having a reception, research expo, dinner and a keynote discussion.

This year, we're pleased to honor former state treasurer Doug Roberts, Sr. with our Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. Public Service Award. Mr. Roberts is being recognized for his decades of public service, including 28 years in state government serving five different Michigan governors.


                           Jocelyn Benson                                   Doug Roberts, Sr.                                                     

Our keynote presenter is Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's 43rd Secretary of State. A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School, the youngest woman in U.S. history to lead a top-100, accredited law school. She is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws.

A fact tank can’t run on fumes. Help support better policy decisions and better government in Michigan by supporting this annual event. Your participation helps Citizens Research Council continue providing the trustedin-depthunbiasedhigh-quality and impactful policy research Michigan needs.

Tickets are $150. They may be purchased individually or as a table of eight seats ($1,200) or a half table of four seats ($600). Excluding the cost of dinner and drinks, each ticket includes a tax deductible donation to the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

Interested in sponsoring this prestigious event? Please contact Sharon Martin at or call 734-542-8001 for details.

Event Agenda:

  • 5:30 PM - Registration, Research Expo showcasing current research, and reception with a hosted bar
  • 6:30 PM - Dinner served
  • 7:10 PM - Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. Public Service Award Presentation to Doug Roberts, Sr.
  • 7:30 PM - Keynote by Jocelyn Benson
  • 8:30 PM - Adjourn 

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  Thank You to all 2019 Sponsors!

Special thanks to our top tier sponsors whose logos appear below

 Presenting Sponsors

Lear Corporation logo        Cooper Standard logo

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Diamond Sponsors

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                                                                      Wells Fargo

      Platinum Sponsors     
Eugene and Mary Anne Gargaro 
DTE Energy  
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