Amy Kerr Hardin: Complexity is not the same as chaos

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Today we have Amy Hardin back with us again, this time to talk about mergers & consolidations. Amy’s notes: The 3 myths about local units of government in Michigan: 1. We have too many units 2. They are too costly 3. Mergers are the cure-all (primary myth to expand upon) Here’s some introductory text I […]

David Rutledge: You can’t change policy without changing policy makers

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Today we have State Rep & Democratic Floor Leader David Rutledge with us! Great conversation, if I do say so myself! Join us as we discuss: Taking over the Floor Leader position for the House Dems David’s background prior to being elected to the State House The school dissolution legislation & how it morphed from […]

Rudy Hobbs: Senate Republicans are slow-walking Medicaid

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Today we have State Rep Rudy Hobbs joining us again. I love it when he’s on with us!! Join us as we discuss … The importance of fundraising in a campaign Lansing Dems fundraising is going really well The aggressiveness of the House Dems Caucus in Lansing House Dems are optimistic about the next election!! […]

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 […]

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 – GOP is deliberately lying about education funding

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Today we have Amy back with us to discuss education funding. As you know, the Republicans have been patting themselves on the back for “increasing” education funding. It’s not actually an increase though, as Amy explains. Hey, there’s a reason “conservative” starts with “con.” Guest: Amy Kerr Hardin of Democracy Tree Shownotes: MICHIGAN EDUCATION FUNDING […]

ALEC v Kids: The GOP’s stealthy & shady attack on our schools

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Today we join Progress Michigan, Common Cause Michigan, and Michigan Citizen Action, for a conference on their new report, ALEC v Kids. We discuss: What is ALEC and why does it matter? What does ALEC support? Who are the Michigan members of ALEC? How does ALEC impact education in Michigan? What do we need to […]

Broken bureaucracy is bad for education, Gov. Snyder

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If you happen to be on Governor Snyder’s email list you know he has been talking up his education policy recently. His most recent promotional item is the claim that state education spending has increased each year of his term. While it is true that “state” spending has increased each year total spending on education […]

Bill Moyers & Company: The United States of ALEC

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Bill Moyers & Company has published an updated version of The United States of ALEC. You can watch it here: Or listen here: Bill Moyers has a great section on ALEC. His information is “mission critical” for anyone who cares about state level democracy. There are too many resources on his site for me to […]

Bert Johnson: Without Medicaid expansion, people will die

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Today we talk to Bert Johnson about the failure of Randy Richardville & Senate Republicans to do the right thing on Medicaid. We talk about: Why he felt worse about Medicaid than he did after lame duck The Governor and LG were absent while the legislature took up the most significant legislation in Snyder’s time […]

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.

Teacher of the Year: The merit pay disconnect

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The Michigan legislature is considering merit pay for public teachers and conservatives are attempting to convince voters that this free market idea is essential to improving educational outcomes. Unfortunately these articles tend to be heavy on opinion and light on data showing that merit pay actually improves educational outcomes. The most recent examples of the […]