detroit state of the city http://michiganradio.org en Duggan covers blight, transportation, job development and more in his first State of the City speech http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-covers-blight-transportation-job-development-and-more-his-first-state-city-speech <p>Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan delivered his first State of the City speech last night before a packed, invitation-only crowd. And his message was clear: We are going to change what it means to live in Detroit.</p><p>Even among those who have a "wait-and-see" attitude, the mayor's speech is being praised for what many believe is a refreshing attention to detail and the sense that a team is at work.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:56:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 16641 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan covers blight, transportation, job development and more in his first State of the City speech The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-17 <p>This week in review Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-bing-focuses-progress-state-city-speech">Detroit’s State of the City address</a>, lawmakers <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/eliminate-viagra-senate-health-plan-no-problem-gop-responds">conversation</a> about abortions and Viagra coverage in Senate health plans, and the removal of Pure Michigan right to work <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/pure-michigan-logo-wont-pair-right-work-again">ads</a>.</p><p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 11262 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review Commentary: A Detroit valentine http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-detroit-valentine <p>Last night I listened to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s State of the City address.&nbsp; There was a certain poignancy about it. He has to know it’s extremely likely that an emergency manager will be appointed soon, which will make him a virtual figurehead.</p><p>The speech was positive and upbeat, and listed the good things he has done and he is trying to do. There will be, he promised, yet another crime strategy. More vacant structures will be knocked down. The new authority will try to get the street lights back on.</p><p>When it was over, the speech was criticized by some for emphasizing the positive too much. I could see their point. But that’s not what this speech was for, really. Bing was speaking to history. He was, in a sense, justifying his time as mayor.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:49:19 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11230 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: A Detroit valentine In this morning's news: Minimum wage, graduation rates and Detroit State of the City http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-minimum-wage-graduation-rates-and-detroit-state-city <p><strong>Proposed bill would raise minimum wage</strong></p><p>"On the heels of President Obama’s call to boost the federal minimum wage, lawmakers in Lansing have introduced a bill to lift the state’s minimum wage to ten dollars an hour. The measure would phase in higher wages until 2016. After that, they would be tied to inflation. Right now, the state’s minimum wage is 7.40 an hour," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/increasing-minimum-wage-michigan">reports.</a></p><p><strong>More Michigan high schoolers are graduating in time</strong></p><p>A new report shows more Michigan high schoolers are graduating on time. According to the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130213/NEWS06/130213050/1008/news06/More-Michigan-high-schoolers-graduating-time">Detroit Free Press,</a></p><blockquote><p>Overall, the data from the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information shows the graduation rate for the Class of 2012 was 76.24%, an increase from the Class of 2011 rate of 74.33%.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Detroit State of the City address looks at the positive and a possible state takeover</strong></p><p>"Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says it’s 'time to change the conversation' about the city, and focus on the positive. Bing’s annual state of the city address Wednesday night touched briefly on Detroit's ongoing financial crisis—and the prospect of state intervention," Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:49:12 +0000 Emily Fox 11229 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Minimum wage, graduation rates and Detroit State of the City Bing: State must offer Detroit "tangible support" to avoid cash crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-state-must-offer-detroit-tangible-support-avoid-cash-crisis <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the city is &ldquo;at a critical and pivotal time like none in Detroit&rsquo;s history.&quot;</p><p>But during his <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120307/FREE/120309903/bings-state-of-city-presents-priorities-few-details-of-detroits-financial-trouble#">third annual State of the City address</a>, Bing gave few details about how he&rsquo;ll deal with the city&rsquo;s most immediate threat: running out of cash.</p><p>Bing said both he and Governor Snyder &ldquo;agree that an emergency manager is not the best option&rdquo; for Detroit.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:35:47 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6551 at http://michiganradio.org Bing: State must offer Detroit "tangible support" to avoid cash crisis State of Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/state-detroit <p>You may think I am a little crazy, but while I was listening to&nbsp; Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s State of the City address last night, what kept running through my head was an ancient rock and roll song.</p><p>An early hit called Chantilly Lace, by a now half-forgotten artist called the Big Bopper, whose main claim to fame is dying in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly more than half a century ago.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:30:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1388 at http://michiganradio.org State of Detroit Detroit Mayor's State of the City: "We are a work in progress" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayors-state-city-we-are-work-progress <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he&rsquo;s moved the city in the right direction.</p><p>But in his <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110222/METRO01/102220439/1361/Text-of-Mayor-Bing%E2%80%99s-State-of-the-City-address">State of the City speech</a>, Bing also warned that Governor Snyder&rsquo;s proposed budget would jeopardize that progress. Snyder attended Tuesday night&rsquo;s speech at Detroit&rsquo;s Orchestra Hall.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 04:24:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1385 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor's State of the City: "We are a work in progress"