Pew Charitable Trusts http://michiganradio.org en Annual Pew legislative review shows that one-party states get a lot done http://michiganradio.org/post/annual-pew-legislative-review-shows-one-party-states-get-lot-done <p>One of the criticisms frequently aimed at Congress is that "gridlock" where decisions come slowly, if at all, as both sides draw their respective lines in the sand, and there's just not much compromising.</p><p>That is not the case with state legislatures across the country where, thanks to one-party control in 37 states, we're seeing action and lots of it.</p><p>Stateline is an independent, non-partisan news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. This week it released its <a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/featured-collections/legislative-review-2013-85899482166">annual review of state legislatures</a>, giving us a look at the major budget and policy developments at all 50 state capitols.</p><p>Scott Greenberger, an editor for Stateline, joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:18:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 13045 at http://michiganradio.org Annual Pew legislative review shows that one-party states get a lot done Former Governor elected to Dow Chemical Board of Directors http://michiganradio.org/post/former-governor-elected-dow-chemical-board-directors <p><a href="http://jennifergranholm.com/">Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm</a> has been elected to the board of directors of <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/dow/20110324005434/en">Dow Chemical</a>. The Midland-based chemicals industry giant announced Granholm&#39;s election today.</p><p>In a written statement, Dow CEO Andrew Liverus says Granholm will help the company as it pursues growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Jennifer Granholm&rsquo;s experience and perspective will be instrumental as we continue to advocate for national and international policies that drive innovation, increase productivity, encourage investments in technology and create jobs.&quot;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>This has been a pretty busy week for the former governor. The <a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=329174">Pew Charitable Trust</a> announced this week that Granholm will serve as a Senior Advisor to the Trust&#39;s Clean Energy Program. She was also recently appointed to a public policy position at the <a href="http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/01/24/former-michigan-gov-granholm-to-teach-at-uc-berkeley/">University of California-Berkeley</a>.</p><p>Granholm served 8 years as Michigan governor.&nbsp; Her second term ended in January.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:09:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 1775 at http://michiganradio.org Former Governor elected to Dow Chemical Board of Directors Is Detroit City Council too costly? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-too-costly <p><a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Philadelphia_Research_Initiative/City_Council_Philadelphia_Major_cities.pdf">A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts </a>shows that Detroit spends a larger chunk of its budget on the City Council than other major cities.</p><p>Detroitspends just over 1% of its current general fund budget on Council expenses. The national median is just under 0.5%.</p><p>The study also looked at whether cities have Council term limits, or serve full- or part-time. Detroit has a full-time Council.</p><p>Thomas Ginsberg is the Project Manager of Pew’s Philadelphia-based research initiative. He says the research didn’t “find much correlation” between that status and costs.</p><blockquote><p>“Most of the Councils that call themselves part-time…in fact the members work much more than part-time. So we found that’s not a particularly useful term. That’s a commentary more about the term than the numbers.”</p></blockquote><p>But Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh calls portions of the study “totally inaccurate.”</p><p>Pugh says Detroit’s Council budget also includes some administrative offices, like the city planning commission. He also points out that Detroit Council members’ have lower salaries than most of their counterparts in other cities. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 19:04:21 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1138 at http://michiganradio.org Is Detroit City Council too costly?