Ned Staebler: Talent attraction is not a partisan issue

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Today we have Ned Staebler with us to talk about talent development, retention, and attraction. We talk about, Michigan needs to invest more in education in order to raise the standard of living here Union jobs kept wages disproportionately high relative to educational level Other states have figured out that human capital is the most […]

Amy Kerr Hardin: Corruption did not cause deindustrialization

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Today Amy & I are talking about Detroit. Speculating a bit on how we got here and what’s next. Guest: Amy Kerr Hardin Here are Amy’s awesome notes: DETROIT, BY THE NUMBERS: Debt of about $17 to $20 billion (estimates vary depending on the source), with $10 billion owed to roughly 20,000 retirees, and of […]

Debbie Stabenow: MSU won the FRIB competition fair & square

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Today our friend Walt Sorg spends a few minutes with Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator Stabenow was at the East Lansing Rotary meeting yesterday, and Walt was able to get some time with her before she left. They discuss: Clean energy at The Board of Water & Light Congressional deadlock – what used to be bipartisan […]

Amy Kerr Hardin: Republicans and Democrats have different tastes in art

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Amy & I talk about the situation with the DIA, the property held in the commons, and the scourge of the Emergency Manager … This is about 30 minutes long and is a standalone interview.

Dan Kildee on blight removal funds: This is an important first step

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This audio segment is a great conversation with Congressman Dan Kildee on the importance of blight removal. Here’s what we talk about: This move by the Treasury frees up funds from the Hardest Hit Fund for blight removal as part of foreclosure prevention This is a change in the interpretation of the Hardest Hit Fund […]

Audio: Mackinac Center disingenuous on Michigan job growth

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Today we have an audioblog instead of the usual briefing, where I review the facts behind this Mackinac Center post. In particular I take issue with this: A look at the employment shows that the recovery has been substantial, better than average, and only partly caused by the resurgence of the auto industry. … It […]

Adam Zemke – I challenge anyone to argue in favor of PA297

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Today we talk to State Rep Adam Zemke about his bill HB 4742. HB 4742 would repeal PA297 of 2011, which is the bill that bans benefits for the domestic partners of public sector employees. We discuss: The economic impact of PA297 when it takes effect on June 30 How PA297 impacts the employees at […]

Rudy Hobbs – Sick leave legislation is a public health issue

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In this special audio segment we talk to State Rep Rudy Hobbs about his legislation, HB4706 (Hobbs press release here) Today we discuss: The stats on how many people cannot take a sick day This bill makes sense from economic security and public health perspectives How the GOP will react to this bill This is […]

Cut the crud. We know renewable energy works for Michigan.

Last night my son scrambled over to me all wide eyed and urgent “Dad! DAD!! The TV had a commercial that was saying bad things about Proposal 3!!!!” (Proposal 3, for those who aren’t aware, is the ballot initiative to increase Michigan’s use of renewable energy – Wind, Solar, and Biomass – to 25% by […]

Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)

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Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States. UPDATE: Vote […]

A Picture Says a Thousand Words… Michigan Poverty Up, Incomes Down, Business Taxes… WAY DOWN

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A picture says a thousand words about thousands of fellow Michiganders… the poor and impoverished have less – a lot less. READ the FULL article from the Michigan League of Human Services entitled “Poverty up, income down, fewer uninsured” on Michigan’s 2011 stats. Also re-read this classic “Historic tax shift hits low-income families 1,000 times […]

What You Need to Know about 25×25 (Proposal 3)

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The single most important thing to know about the 25×25 ballot proposal (Proposal 3), is that it will create jobs in Michigan. It will create jobs. Objectively. A Michigan State University study shows the ballot initiative will create tens of thousands of jobs in Michigan and bring in $10.3 billion in investment into our state. […]