national debt http://michiganradio.org en Is the debt ceiling deadline important? Here’s what Michigan legislators said http://michiganradio.org/post/debt-ceiling-deadline-important-here-s-what-michigan-legislators-said <p><em>On Wednesday, October 9th, we asked a simple question of the 16 members of Michigan&#39;s congressional delegation, &quot;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is meeting the Oct 17th debt ceiling deadline important to you? Why or why not?&quot; You can see their responses below. We&#39;re updating this post as the responses come in.</span></em></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:45:59 +0000 Mark Brush & Michigan Radio Newsroom 14778 at http://michiganradio.org Is the debt ceiling deadline important? Here’s what Michigan legislators said The Can Kicks Back visits Ann Arbor to teach young Americans about the national debt http://michiganradio.org/post/can-kicks-back-visits-ann-arbor-teach-young-americans-about-national-debt <p>Hands up everyone, who has just about had it with that expression &ldquo;kicking the can down the road,&rdquo; particularly as it is used over and over in talking about the national debt? Kicking that proverbial can down the road is why America is facing such a crisis with our national debt.</p><p>A group of concerned young Americans is hoping to inspire other millennials to learn more about the national debt and, in their words, &ldquo;to reclaim the American dream,&rdquo; so they formed a group called <a href="http://www.thecankicksback.org/"><em>The Can Kicks Back</em></a>.</p><p>Tonight they will be in Ann Arbor as part of what they&rsquo;re calling the Generational Equity Tour, a very carefully nonpartisan event.</p><p>Nick Troiano<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is co-founder and national field director of The Can Kicks Back, and he joined us today in the studio.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:03:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 14821 at http://michiganradio.org The Can Kicks Back visits Ann Arbor to teach young Americans about the national debt Stateside for Monday, October 7th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-7th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent report from Moody&#39;s suggests the future is very uncertain for public universities. Today we talked about&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the future of public universities in Michigan.</span></p><p>And, poet Keith Taylor stopped by the studios to introduce us to some Michigan must-reads for the month of October.</p><p>Also, despite our troubled economy, Michigan franchises are going strong. We spoke to DBusiness editor R.J. King about the 2013 Michigan Franchise Report.</p><p>First on the show, it&rsquo;s Day Seven of the partial government shutdown.</p><p>U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning that lawmakers are &ldquo;playing with fire&rdquo; and he&rsquo;s asking Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government, and to increase the nation&rsquo;s debt limit.</p><p>Lew says President Obama has no intentions of linking either bill to Republican demands to change the health care law.</p><p>This comes as Republican House Speaker John Boehner rules out a House vote on a temporary spending bill without concessions from the President.</p><p>So, that&rsquo;s where things stand as the government shutdown moves into its second week. Michigan Democratic Representative Dan Kildee joined us from D.C. to discuss the issue.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 14748 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 7th, 2013 Michigan leaders say now is the time to "Fix The Debt" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-leaders-say-now-time-fix-debt <p>A coalition of Michigan business and political leaders is calling on Congress to deal with the nation’s financial problems now and not put off making difficult decisions.</p><p></p><p>The group is called Fix the Debt. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;It's urging federal elected officials to reach a deal to avoid triggering automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the ‘Fiscal Cliff’.</p><p></p><p>The group also says now is the time to make difficult decisions to reduce the national debt.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:04:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 9924 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan leaders say now is the time to "Fix The Debt"