Mackinac 2011 http://michiganradio.org en The Cost of Education: A panel discussion at the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/cost-education-panel-discussion-mackinac-policy-conference <p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Lester Graham moderated a panel discussion looking into the current state of education in Michigan (K-12 and higher education) at the Mackinac Policy Conference last week.</p><p>He spoke with <a href="http://www.masb.org/AboutUs/Staff/tabid/59/Default.aspx">Peter Spadafore</a>, the Assistant Director of Government Relations for the <a href="http://www.masb.org/Home.aspx">Michigan Association of School Boards</a>, and <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/bio.aspx?ID=575">Michael Van Beek</a>, the Director of Education Policy for the <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/">Mackinac Center for Public Policy</a>.</p><p>They explored how education funding can be improved in the state; and the potential impacts of Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s reforms on school districts, teachers and students in the state.</p><p>You can watch the discussion below.</p><p><strong>Education Panel: Cutting the Costs of Educating Kids</strong></p><p><strong><span class="LimelightEmbeddedPlayer"><script src="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/embed.js"></script><object class="LimelightEmbeddedPlayerFlash" data="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf" height="317" id="limelight_player_532480" name="limelight_player_532480" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="430"><param name="movie" value="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf" /><param name="wmode" value="window" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="flashVars" value="playerForm=a8b1144494c647ebbf79eaf60b2d0f5d&amp;mediaId=e2fcf4ec4736445c9664a858db452f16" /></object><script>LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_532480');</script></span></strong> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:01:55 +0000 Mark Brush 2768 at http://michiganradio.org The Cost of Education: A panel discussion at the Mackinac Policy Conference Reinvention vs. Redevelopment: A panel discussion at the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/reinvention-vs-redevelopment-panel-discussion-mackinac-policy-conference <p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Lester Graham moderated a panel discussion looking into the current state of brownfield redevelopment in Michigan at the Mackinac Policy Conference last week.</p><p>He spoke with <a href="http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Staff/Michael-A--Finney/">Michael Finney</a>, the President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and <a href="http://www.environmentalcouncil.org/about/staff.php">James Clift</a>, the Policy Director for the Michigan Environmental Council.</p><p>They talked about Governor Snyder&#39;s plan to replace the current system of brownfield tax credits with up-front grant money for redevelopment.</p><p>You can watch the discussion below.</p><p><strong>Environmental Panel: Reinvention vs. Redevelopment</strong></p><p><span class="LimelightEmbeddedPlayer"><script src="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/embed.js"></script><object class="LimelightEmbeddedPlayerFlash" data="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf" height="317" id="limelight_player_872087" name="limelight_player_872087" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="430"><param name="movie" value="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf" /><param name="wmode" value="window" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="flashVars" value="playerForm=a8b1144494c647ebbf79eaf60b2d0f5d&amp;mediaId=6f60ef52f6174467a65c6b5038ab3a99" /></object><script>LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_872087');</script></span> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:58:28 +0000 Mark Brush & Lester Graham 2758 at http://michiganradio.org Reinvention vs. Redevelopment: A panel discussion at the Mackinac Policy Conference A conversation with Lester Graham about the Mackinac Policy Conference (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-lester-graham-about-mackinac-policy-conference-audio <p>It&#39;s the final day of the Mackinac Policy Conference.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Morning Edition Host Christina Shockley spoke with Lester Graham of Michigan Watch, Michigan Radio&#39;s investigative unit.</p><p>Graham is at the conference following the conversations and presentations of Michigan&#39;s political and business leaders.</p><p>Here are Graham&#39;s impressions of the conference:</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-971844.mp3</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 18:55:36 +0000 Mark Brush 2748 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with Lester Graham about the Mackinac Policy Conference (audio) Mackinac Conference produces talk of possible 2012 Senate candidates http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-conference-produces-talk-possible-2012-senate-candidates <p>Well, it was bound to happen. Mix an election that&rsquo;s less than 18 months away with politicos, talking heads and hungry reporters (<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/do-you-care-about-mackinac-policy-conference">in pretty close quarters</a>) and you&rsquo;re going to start to hear stories about possible candidates for the 2012 Michigan Senate seat. Two-term Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/sen-stabenow-has-3-million-re-election-bid">is up for reelection in 2012</a> and only one Republican, former Kent County judge Randy Hekman, <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/first-republican-announces-candidacy-against-us-senator-debbie-stabenow">has announced a run so far</a>.</p><p>The Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110602/METRO/106020461/1024/POLITICS03/McCullough-%E2%80%98seriously-looking-at%E2%80%99-challenging-Stabenow-in-2012">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch said today he is &quot;seriously looking at&quot; a 2012 challenge to&hellip; Stabenow and expects to decide within 30 days. McCulloch, 55, told The Detroit News at the Mackinac Policy Conference he is concerned about the way the budget deficit and other federal issues are being handled. Elected to his current post, formerly known as the drain commissioner, in 2000, McCulloch earlier served 10 years as an Oakland County commissioner, including five years as chairman. Born in Royal Oak, he is an attorney and a certified public accountant.</p></blockquote><p>Then, also from the Detroit News, <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110602/METRO/106020461/1024/POLITICS03/McCullough-%E2%80%98seriously-looking-at%E2%80%99-challenging-Stabenow-in-2012">is this</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A hot rumor making the rounds at the Mackinac conference today was that Detroit radio host Frank Beckmann would seek the Republican nomination to challenge Stabenow. &quot;Don&#39;t wait for an announcement,&quot; Beckmann, host of &quot;The Frank Beckmann Show&rdquo;&hellip; told The Detroit News with a laugh during a break from his radio show. But the conservative talk show host wouldn&#39;t rule out entering politics, either.</p></blockquote><p>Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and former West Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra have <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/land-wont-run-senate-2012">both announced that they will not run</a>. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 00:21:56 +0000 Zoe Clark 2738 at http://michiganradio.org Mackinac Conference produces talk of possible 2012 Senate candidates Political Roundup: Mackinac Policy Conference (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/political-roundup-mackinac-policy-conference-audio <p>This week lawmakers and business leaders from around the state are attending the annual Mackinac Policy Conference. It&rsquo;s touted as a time when political deals are made and politicians have a chance to set agendas.</p><p>To give us the lowdown on the conference Michigan Radio&#39;s Jenn White talks with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service and Ken Sikkema, former Republican state Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-971673.mp3</p><p>Former Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema is familiar with what goes on at the conference. Are there really any useful conversations that come out of this event? Sikkema:</p><blockquote><p>I do think useful conversations are conducted up there, but that&#39;s a far cry from saying that fundamental solutions get agreed to, or that deals get made.</p></blockquote><p>The Mackinac Policy Conference is sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and is known to be a lavish event. Considering that businesses are paying for the event, is there a conflict of interest at play for lawmakers? Susan Demas doesn&#39;t think so. Lawmakers pay their own way. But there are some paid-for events and open bars. Demas:</p><blockquote><p>But in a way it&#39;s not all together that different than how business is conducted in Lansing every night. The bars and the restaurants are filled with lobbyists who meet with lawmakers, this is nothing new.&nbsp; But I certainly don&#39;t think anybody is violating any ethics laws that we have on the books here in Michigan.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:20:23 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 2731 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters follow Snyder to Mackinac Island http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-follow-snyder-mackinac-island <p>Governor Rick Snyder came to the Mackinac Policy Conference after landing two big fish from the Michigan Legislature:&nbsp; a new tax overhaul plan which reduces taxes on businesses and a budget that makes big cuts, including cuts to K-12 education spending.</p><p>After these victories, he might have thought he was going to leave the protesters behind in Lansing, but they&#39;ve followed him to Mackinac Island.</p><p>Paul Egan of the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110602/POLITICS02/106020451/Teachers--others-protest-Snyder-policies-at-Mackinac-conference#ixzz1O8j0Bd7u">Detroit News</a> reports a group of teachers and other public sector workers are protesting Snyder&#39;s education cuts and tax policies. Egan quoted Jim Martin, a health and physical education teacher from Sault Ste. Marie, speaking about Governor Snyder:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;He says he&#39;s not anti-union or anti-teacher, but his actions say otherwise,&quot; Martin said at a news conference about a block away from the Grand Hotel where the policy conference organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber is being held.</p><p>The news conference was organized by <a href="http://www.abettermichiganfuture.org/">A Better Michigan Future</a>, a coalition of about 50 union and public interest groups...</p><p>&quot;It can&#39;t be possible that everyone really believes that corporations need the money more than children,&quot; said Tammy Hazley, a special education teacher from Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools.</p></blockquote><p>Egan reports the group is calling for a new state income tax, one where higher-income earners would pay more than lower-income earners. The group&#39;s director &quot;also called for a reduction in the cost of work contracted out by state government.&quot; Thu, 02 Jun 2011 17:37:41 +0000 Mark Brush 2727 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters follow Snyder to Mackinac Island Highlights of Day 1 at the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/highlights-day-1-mackinac-policy-conference <p>There are two places you can look for a wrap of the events at the Mackinac Policy Conference.</p><p>MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta hosts a wrap up podcast called <a href="http://mivote.org/featured-blog/mackinac-podcast-porch-light">Porchlight</a>.</p><p>And Detroit Public Television and MiVote have this Highlight Show: Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:12:43 +0000 Mark Brush 2723 at http://michiganradio.org Mackinac Island: Day 2 http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-island-day-2 <p>The <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/do-you-care-about-mackinac-policy-conference">Mackinac Policy Conference</a> continues up here on Mackinac Island for a second day. On tap for today: lots of panel discussions. Along with Detroit Public Television, <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-coverage-2011-mackinac-policy-conference">we&#39;re putting together two panels</a> to take a deeper look at some of the important policy issues facing the state.</p><p>The first is an environmental panel, <em>Reinvention vs. Redevelopment. </em>It&rsquo;ll take a look at the current state of brownfield redevelopment in Michigan. In particular, Michigan&#39;s brownfield and historic tax credit programs - have they worked? And, what will happen when the tax credits are eliminated and replaced with a separate fund.</p><p>The second panel, <em>Cutting the Costs of Educating Kids</em>, will dig into the current state of education funding in Michigan (K-12 and higher education): What needs to be done to improve it, how do we go about funding it, and what would be the implications of Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s reform ideas on school districts, teachers and students in the state, and the workforce of tomorrow.</p><p>Panels put together by the Detroit Regional Chamber for today include <em>Improving Michigan&rsquo;s Path to Recovery: Lessons from Business Leaders</em> with Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan and <em>Emerging Leaders</em> with State Senator Dave Hildenbrand and State Reps Frank Foster, Rudy Hobbs and Andrew Kandrevas. U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow will also hold court today and we&rsquo;ll hear from Mark Reuss, President, North America, General Motors Company. Thu, 02 Jun 2011 14:04:50 +0000 Zoe Clark 2719 at http://michiganradio.org Mackinac Island: Day 2 Mackinac Conference a lavish affair http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-conference-lavish-affair <p>Here&#39;s a staff favorite and a little of a blast from the past. Former Michigan Radio reporter Dustin Dwyer wonders if the Mackinac Policy Conference matters to the everyday folk of Michigan.</p><p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=1290009">Click here</a> to link to the story.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 13:47:42 +0000 Kyle Norris 2718 at http://michiganradio.org Mackinac Conference a lavish affair Do YOU care about the Mackinac Policy Conference? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-care-about-mackinac-policy-conference <p>So, what <em>is </em>this <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/list/term/2973">Mackinac Policy Conference</a>?</p><p>By now, you&rsquo;ve probably heard about this huge gathering of businesspeople and politicians, reporters and lobbyists.</p><p>It happens every year on <a href="http://www.grandhotel.com/index.php">Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel</a>. It&rsquo;s hosted by the <a href="http://www.detroitchamber.com/">Detroit Regional Chamber</a> and this year it lasts three days. It&rsquo;s got all the trappings of any other big conference:&nbsp; lots of speakers and meetings, lots of hob-nobbing, lots of drinking (in fact, there&rsquo;s a vodka ice luge this year out on the <a href="http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=212">Grand Hotel&#39;s famous porch</a>).&nbsp;</p><p>And, of course, there&rsquo;s a lot of arm-twisting and deal-making.</p><p>But, maybe you&rsquo;re wondering <em>why</em>?&nbsp; Why do they need to go up to Mackinac Island to talk about the same stuff they do all the rest of the year in Lansing?</p><p>Here&rsquo;s how the Detroit Regional Chamber describes it on their <a href="http://mpc.detroitchamber.com/">website</a>, &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s Conference is focused on bringing business and government leaders together to create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan.&rdquo;</p><p>Ok, so maybe it&rsquo;s about fixing Michigan&rsquo;s economy&hellip; trying to get &lsquo;everyone&rsquo; on the same page to move the state forward.</p><p>However, this year is a little different than past years.&nbsp; This conference was organized with Governor Rick Snyder in mind.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s all about Snyder&rsquo;s &ldquo;reinventing, rebuilding, and re-energizing&rdquo; of Michigan. In fact, Snyder made <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-opens-mackinac-policy-conference">opening remarks at the conference</a>, he&rsquo;ll hold several press conferences and is scheduled to be part of a panel discussion with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.</p><p>So, that&rsquo;s what the conference IS. If you want more information about the conference, <a href="http://mpc.detroitchamber.com/">click here</a>. And, be sure, to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-coverage-2011-mackinac-policy-conference">click here</a> for Michigan Radio&rsquo;s coverage of the conference.</p><p>But, I think, the bigger question is: <em>why </em>should you care about what happens here?</p><p>Well, I could explain about the panels upon panels about &lsquo;reinventing Michigan&rsquo; and &lsquo;Michigan&rsquo;s future&rsquo; (Think: <em>Defining the Road to Economic Recovery</em>, or <em>Working Together to Make Michigan Globally Competitive</em>, or <em>Re-bounding and Re-building: A Path to Recovery</em>&hellip; get the picture?). Or, I could list the hundreds upon hundreds of attendees (Think: Governor Rick Snyder; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Mark Murray, President of Meijer; Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin; Bob King, President of the United Auto Workers; Roy Roberts, the new Emergency Financial Manger of the Detroit Public Schools; and a whole ton of state and local lawmakers).</p><p>But, after speaking with <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta">Rick Pluta</a> of the Michigan Public Radio Network (and, a conference veteran) I figured I&rsquo;d just quote what he said to me, after I asked him, &ldquo;Pluta, why should someone actually <strong><em>care</em> </strong>about this conference?&rdquo;</p><p>His answer:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Because once a year &ndash; the political center of gravity of Michigan moves to this island [Mackinac] &hellip; decisions may or may not be made here&hellip; but certainly there is an effort underfoot to make things happen. You have to understand: Mackinac Island has become the state Capitol for the rest of this week.</p><p>Do you care about the economy? All the business movers-and-shakers are up here. You care about what happens at the state Capitol? All the political movers-and-shakers are here. And, all of these movers-and-shakers are talking to each other. And, they&rsquo;ll affect things like job creation, education, taxes&hellip; this is everyone&rsquo;s best chance, all year long to make their best pitch for what they care about. That&rsquo;s why you have CEO&rsquo;s, top politicians, university presidents, non-profit organizations&hellip; all here trying to make the case for whatever matters to them.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>So, maybe you still don&rsquo;t quite care about the conference. And, that&rsquo;s OK: it&rsquo;s a little hard to grasp. But, at the very least, maybe you understand now why some people do care and why you&rsquo;ll be hearing a lot about the conference in the days, weeks, and months to come.</p><p>- <em>With help from Lester Graham</em> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 00:17:05 +0000 Zoe Clark 2716 at http://michiganradio.org Do YOU care about the Mackinac Policy Conference? UAW President Bob King says his union is pro-business now http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-president-bob-king-says-his-union-pro-business-now <p>UAW President Bob King&nbsp;asked&nbsp;business leaders to reexamine their ideas about unions during a speech at the Detroit Regional Chamber&#39;s&nbsp;annual policy conference&nbsp;on Mackinac Island.</p><p>Acknowledging the conservatives in the crowd, King joked that it might be the closest he&#39;ll come to ever appearing at a Republican National Convention.</p><p>But his speech quickly turned serious, with an appeal to business leaders and Republicans to work with unions, not against them, for the good of both business and the middle class.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 23:41:29 +0000 Tracy Samilton 2715 at http://michiganradio.org UAW President Bob King says his union is pro-business now Snyder opens the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-opens-mackinac-policy-conference <p>I&rsquo;ve just arrived here on Mackinac Island with <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/tracy-samilton">Tracy Samilton</a> and <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/lester-graham">Lester Graham</a> for the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/live-stream-mackinac-policy-conference-2011">2011 Mackinac Policy Conference</a>. Governor Rick Snyder welcomed guests to the conference earlier this afternoon. Snyder used the address to talk about what he believes is the need to build a second bridge span between Detroit and Canada. Last month, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley said the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/calley-new-bridge-will-create-competition-ambassador-bridge">administration will push the legislature to approve a second bridge as soon as this month</a>. Calley said the state needs to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/ambassador-bridge-owner-snyder%E2%80%99s-plan-new-detroitontario-bridge-should-be-stopped">create competition</a> with the Ambassador Bridge Company and its monopoly at the crossing.</p><p>&ldquo;The takeaway of Snyder&rsquo;s speech is that he is going to use the conference to push his goal of getting the legislature to approve the bridge,&rdquo; Michigan Public Radio Network&rsquo;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta">Rick Pluta</a> says.</p><p>Not all Republicans are on-board with the idea of building a second bridge. As Pluta explains, &ldquo;this isn&rsquo;t the first intra-party fight that he [Snyder] has had.&rdquo;</p><p>Pluta is referring to the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/list/term/2084">controversial tax on some retiree pensions</a> that was part of Snyder&rsquo;s budget proposal. Pluta predicts the battle over a second bridge will be bigger than the fight Snyder had over the pension tax. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 21:05:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 2714 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder opens the Mackinac Policy Conference Snyder argues for a new bridge at Mackinac Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-argues-new-bridge-mackinac-conference <p>Legislation to create an authority to build a new international bridge in Detroit has been introduced in the state Senate.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder is using a conference on Mackinac Island to sell the idea to lawmakers and business people.</p><p>He still has to win over skeptical Republicans in the Legislature who are not convinced there is no risk to taxpayers in the deal.</p><p>The bridge fight could pose his biggest intra-party squabble yet. It&#39;s a debate that&rsquo;s expected to last through much if June.</p><p>The governor says the bridge is necessary to support Michigan&rsquo;s growing export trade, saying the entire state benefits from the growth in exports:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We had a big bounce back from 2009,&quot; Snyder said. &quot;The jump this year has been very large and Canada is our biggest trading partner. We did over $44 billion in exports last year&hellip;and 49% of that was with Canada.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The governor says that includes agriculture products and manufactured goods from every corner of Michigan. Supporters of the bridge say there will be even more benefits if Canada and Mexico approve a free trade deal.</p><p>The owners of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit are putting up a fierce fight including a statewide ad campaign to stop the bridge project.</p><p>They say there won&rsquo;t be enough traffic to justify a second bridge.</p><p>The governor calls those claims &quot;false.&quot; Wed, 01 Jun 2011 21:01:43 +0000 Rick Pluta 2713 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder argues for a new bridge at Mackinac Conference LIVE STREAM: Mackinac Policy Conference 2011 http://michiganradio.org/post/live-stream-mackinac-policy-conference-2011 <p>The <a href="http://mpc.detroitchamber.com/">Mackinac Policy Conference</a> is set to kick-off today at 3 p.m.</p><p>You can watch a live stream of the events here on our page (the live stream is provided by <a href="http://www.dptv.org/">Detroit Public Television</a> and <a href="http://mivote.org/">MiVote.org</a>).</p><p>Here&#39;s an <a href="http://mpc.detroitchamber.com/agenda">agenda</a> for the Conference.</p><p><span class="LimelightEmbeddedPlayer"><script src="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/embed.js"></script><object class="LimelightEmbeddedPlayerFlash" data="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf" height="288" id="limelight_player_983359" name="limelight_player_983359" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="430"><param name="movie" value="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf" /><param name="wmode" value="window" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="flashVars" value="channelId=3b30bbd72e9e4bbaa718a077be482423&amp;deepLink=true&amp;playerForm=100a7afd81f64d6c885c53044652729c" /></object><script>LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_983359');</script></span></p><p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 19:00:33 +0000 Mark Brush 2702 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-coverage-2011-mackinac-policy-conference <p>The <a href="http://mpc.detroitchamber.com/">Mackinac Policy Conference</a> gets started this afternoon and several Michigan Radio reporters will be there to bring you the latest news. The conference will run through Friday.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/lester-graham">Michigan Watch&#39;s Lester Graham</a> will be keeping an ear to the ground and he&#39;ll also moderate two panel discussions for Detroit Public Television and Mi Vote&#39;s live coverage of the conference:</p><ol><li><strong>Environmental Panel: Reinvention vs. Redevelopment</strong>: A panel discussion looking into the current state of brownfield redevelopment in Michigan. In particular, Michigan&#39;s brownfield and historic tax credit programs - have they worked? And, what will happen if, as Governor Snyder has proposed, the tax credits are eliminated and replaced with a separate fund.</li><li><strong>Education Panel: Cutting the Costs of Educating Kids: </strong>A panel discussion looking into the current state of education in Michigan (K-12 and higher education): What needs to be done to improve it, how do we go about funding it, and what would be the implications of Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s reform ideas on school districts, teachers and students in the state, and the workforce of tomorrow.</li></ol><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/tracy-samilton">Tracy Samilton</a>, Michigan Radio&#39;s auto reporter, will cover discussions and talks from the conference related to the auto industry including Bill Ford&#39;s address.</p><p>Michigan Radio producer <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark">Zoe Clark</a> will be blogging about the conference for michiganradio.org<br /><br /> And the Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta">Rick Pluta</a> will be reporting on policy from the Island. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:19:15 +0000 Mark Brush 2703 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's coverage of the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference