mackinac policy conference http://michiganradio.org en Gov. Snyder joins us from the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-joins-us-mackinac-policy-conference <p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder joined us on Stateside from the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about minimum wage, the economy, and other issues being covered at the conference.</p><p>Then, Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined us.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interviews above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:28:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17801 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder joins us from the Mackinac Policy Conference The chairs of both major parties chime in from the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/chairs-both-major-parties-chime-mackinac-policy-conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference began today at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.</p><p>Political and business leaders are gathering to discuss the major issues and challenges facing Michigan, and to hear from guest speakers.</p><p>Statewide elections are just five months away, so both parties have a lot of work to do between then and now.</p><p>We got the views from the Michigan leaders of both parties.</p><p>Joining us from Mackinac Island, we welcomed the chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Bobby Schostak, and the chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, Lon Johnson.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interviews above.</em></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 23:19:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 17783 at http://michiganradio.org The chairs of both major parties chime in from the Mackinac Policy Conference Watch two of Detroit's top leaders speak at the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-two-detroits-top-leaders-speak-mackinac-policy-conference <p>More than 1,500 statewide businesses, government and community leaders will be at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, May 28 through May 30.</p><p>The conference will feature speakers, stakeholders and panelists discussing issues in STEM education, workforce&nbsp;development, public policy, and more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can join a live chat and screening for two sessions with two of Detroit's top leaders: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and&nbsp;Detroit Emergency Manager&nbsp;Kevyn&nbsp;Orr.</span></p><p>The chat and screening will take place on a social screening platform called OVEE (Online Video Engagement Experience).</p><p>Watch and discuss Mayor&nbsp;Duggan's keynote address today at 4:45 p.m. by clicking <a href="http://bit.ly/DugganOVEE">here</a>. You can also&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/DugganOVEE" style="line-height: 1.5;">add this event to your calendar</a>.</p><p>And you can watch and discuss Kevyn Orr's keynote address on Friday, May 30, at 9:45 a.m. by clicking <a href="http://bit.ly/OrrKeynote">here</a>, or&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/OrrKeynote" style="line-height: 1.5;">add it to your calendar</a>.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:34:41 +0000 Mark Brush 17780 at http://michiganradio.org Watch two of Detroit's top leaders speak at the Mackinac Policy Conference This week in Michigan politics: Minimum wage and Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-minimum-wage-and-mackinac <p>In this <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the passage of a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-approves-815-michigan-minimum-wage">new minimum-wage </a><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-approves-815-michigan-minimum-wage">bil</a>l and the Mackinac Policy Conference.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:15:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17773 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Minimum wage and Mackinac ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone http://michiganradio.org/post/assemble-aims-bring-mackinac-policy-conference-everyone <p></p><p>Imagine the streets of Detroit running rampant with car races, motocross competitions, skateboarding, and other insanity.&nbsp;</p><p>That's what the organizers of ASSEMBLE pictured when they created this video to convince ESPN to choose Detroit as the new home for its summer X Games.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BAkfVh83aXI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Despite the epic video, ESPN chose Austin for the games. But the energy and the spirit of the campaign lives on in ASSEMBLE, a group that aims to use community engagement to rebuild Detroit.</p><p>One of the recent efforts of ASSEMBLE is offering a way for new voices to become a part of important policy conversations in Michigan – t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he kinds of conversations that happen at the upcoming </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Policy Conference put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For those of you who can't afford the $2,700 ticket,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1488985851314222/">ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish)</a> could be for you.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garret Koehler and Kevin Krease, the co-creators of ASSEMBLE, and they joined us to share what exactly ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish) hopes to accomplish.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></span></p><p><i>– Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom</i></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:45:45 +0000 Stateside Staff & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17765 at http://michiganradio.org ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone Why Michigan Republicans could start winning more elections http://michiganradio.org/post/why-michigan-republicans-could-start-winning-more-elections <p></p><p>There’s no denying that some elements in the so-called Tea Party have been scaring moderate and independent voters away from the Republicans. But if Democrats think it is going to be easy to defeat Governor Rick Snyder, and make big gains in next year’s statewide elections, they may be guilty of self-deluding themselves.</p><p>I didn’t go to the Republican Party’s annual leadership conference on Mackinac Island last week, though I followed it closely. And I think that there were hints at Mackinac of two major stories emerging on the horizon.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:25:31 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14540 at http://michiganradio.org Why Michigan Republicans could start winning more elections Commentary: Remembering Helen http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-remembering-helen <p>Thirty-four years ago, when Debbie Stabenow was a newly elected state representative in a very male-dominated legislature, she got the first of a number of encouraging notes from an older woman who had spent a lot of years in the fishbowl of politics.</p><p>Those notes meant a lot to Stabenow, as she went on to become a force to be reckoned with in first the state house and then the senate; in Congress and&nbsp; finally in the U.S. Senate.</p><p>What made that support all the more remarkable is that Stabenow is a Democrat. And the woman who reached out to her was the wife of the Republican governor, Helen Milliken, perhaps the least likely and most effective feminist in Michigan history.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:09:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12868 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Remembering Helen Commentary: Struggle for a Party’s Soul http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-struggle-party-s-soul <p>There were, in a way, two conferences taking place among the state’s business and political elite on Mackinac Island last week. One was a celebration of Michigan’s comeback from the darkest days of the great recession, and of the new business-friendly climate flourishing under Governor Rick Snyder.</p><p>Make no mistake about it: Richard Dale Snyder is the most business-oriented governor this state has had since World War II. That’s in large part because he is a businessman.</p><p>He speaks their language. During his closing remarks, the governor sounded like a motivational speaker sent out to fire up a sluggish sales force.&nbsp; “What’s the role of government?” he asked, answering, “Government exists to give you great customer service!”</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:47:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12846 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Struggle for a Party’s Soul Governor Snyder encounters choppy (political) waters on Mackinac Island http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-encounters-choppy-political-waters-mackinac-island <p>This week we are taping <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/its-just-politics"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a> at the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mackinac-conference">Detroit Regional Chamber’s Policy Conference </a>on Mackinac Island. This is an <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/do-you-care-about-mackinac-policy-conference">annual statewide event</a> where business people and politicians come to plot the future of Michigan. Big shots. Serious stuff. Except, of course, for <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/do-you-care-about-mackinac-policy-conference">the iced-vodka luge</a>.<br><br>Really this is Rick Snyder’s party. Most of the people that attend the conference are his people: Moderate, but right-of-center business folks, impressed by cutting taxes and balanced budgets.</p><p>Two years ago at this conference, the Governor had only been in office for six months and, in his words, “working in dog years."&nbsp; One Tough Nerd came to the conference with a state budget done in record time; nothing like the budget gridlock we saw in a couple showdowns in the Granholm years (2007 and 2009 were doozies). Also, in that six months, Snyder had gotten a couple big wins on tax policy and it sure seemed like he was simpatico with the Legislature’s Republican majority.</p><p>Basically, the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference was Rick Snyder’s jam. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 20:14:54 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 12840 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder encounters choppy (political) waters on Mackinac Island The week in review: Mackinac Policy Conference, Schauer runs for Governor, and the Ambassador Bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-mackinac-policy-conference-schauer-runs-governor-and-ambassador-bridge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturdays, Michigan Radio's </span>Rina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Miller checks in with our political analyst, Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week,&nbsp;</span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> attended the </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Policy Conference.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says one of the takeaways this year is that the business community is happy with the state's direction.</span></p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 12836 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Mackinac Policy Conference, Schauer runs for Governor, and the Ambassador Bridge Mothering Justice questions spectacle of Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/mothering-justice-questions-spectacle-mackinac-policy-conference <div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Detroit Regional Chamber's Annual Mackinac Policy Conference wrapped up on Thursday. Jennifer White was on the island and talked with two members of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motheringjustice.org/home.html">Mothering Justice, </a>a left-leaning advocacy group that works on issues important to mothers and families.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:58:00 +0000 Jennifer White 12834 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Testing and teaching http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-testing-and-teaching <p></p><p>Here’s something I’ve noticed about education reform. Whenever anybody proposes anything, people tend to react in a knee-jerk fashion based as much on whom the speaker is as what they say. I noticed this yesterday, when I told a variety of people that former Washington, DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee would be a keynote speaker at this week’s Mackinac Island conference. Teachers especially take a jaded view of Rhee.</p><p>They see her as anti-union, and are especially skeptical of her push for merit pay. I myself have had a somewhat jaded view of Rhee for different reasons. There is a fair amount of evidence that many of her claims have been exaggerated.</p><p>I was not impressed when her lobbying group, Students First, poured money into an unsuccessful knee-jerk attempt to fight a complex local recall election in Michigan two years ago. But Michelle Rhee said a lot of things to the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s conference yesterday that liberals and conservatives all need to hear. She began by noting that this may well be the first generation of Americans who will be less educated than their parents – which, if true, ought to frighten all of us.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 13:51:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12830 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Testing and teaching In this morning's news: Rhee speaks at Mackinac, local woman killed in Syria, Michigan entrepreneurs http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-rhee-speaks-mackinac-local-woman-killed-syria-michigan-entrepreneurs <p><strong>Michelle Rhee advocates for Common Core</strong></p><p>Michelle Rhee <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/rhee-praises-michigan-school-reform-progress">spoke yesterday</a> at the Mackinac Policy Conference in favor of maintaining the Common Core curriculum in Michigan. According to the Associated Press,&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Rhee is a self-described lifelong Democrat who has clashed with teachers' unions, one of the party's key constituencies. During her speech, she called for honoring the teaching profession but demanding more accountability and rewarding the best teachers with more pay.”</p><p></p><p><strong>Michigan woman killed in Syrian conflict</strong></p><p>33 year old <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130530/NEWS06/305300146/Flint-woman-killed-in-Syria">Nicole Lynn Mansfield</a> of Flint, Michigan has been killed while fighting for the Syrian opposition movement.</p><p>“Speelman's mother Monica Mansfield Speelman tells the Detroit Free Press that her niece was a convert to Islam who married an Arab immigrant several years ago but later divorced him. Syrian news reports say that Mansfield and two other westerners killed with her were fighters for the opposition to Syria's government and were killed in a confrontation in Idlib,” the Associated Press reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Michigan universities produce young entrepreneurs</strong></p><p>A new report from the Anderson Economic Group states that Michigan’s three largest universities produce <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-universities-producing-entrepreneurs-faster-national-average">twice as many entrepreneurs</a> as the national average.&nbsp; According to Rick Pluta,</p><p>“The report says almost half of the new businesses started by college grads have been started or acquired in Michigan. University officials say they’ve revamped their curriculum in recent years to encourage entrepreneurship among students.”</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:04:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12829 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Rhee speaks at Mackinac, local woman killed in Syria, Michigan entrepreneurs How Detroit auto companies are viewed at the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/how-detroit-auto-companies-are-viewed-mackinac-policy-conference <p>It's Thursday, time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p>He's up at the Mackinac Policy Conference today and it seems he got some interesting insights into how the financial and investing world views the Detroit auto companies.</p><p>He joined us to tell us all about it.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:18:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 12810 at http://michiganradio.org How Detroit auto companies are viewed at the Mackinac Policy Conference What's being said about education at the Mackinac Policy Conference http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-being-said-about-education-mackinac-policy-conference <p>It’s day-two on Mackinac Island at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual policy conference.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, has been in attendance, and he said there has been a lot of focus placed on education reform.</p><p>“All of this is happening under the backdrop of an education budget that was just sent to Governor Snyder that basically stalled enactment of the <a href="http://www.corestandards.org/">Common Core Standards</a>," Pluta said. "The national standards are supposed to make sure that every state and every school are measuring student performance in the same fashion."</p><p>The other piece of legislation that is stalled right now is the expansion of the Educational Achievement Authority, which is only operating in Detroit right now. Some lawmakers want to expand it statewide.</p><p>Pluta says there's a lot of pressure on the Legislature right now.</p><p>He joined us from the Mackinac Policy Conference to tell us more about education and other topics being discussed at the conference.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:03:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 12816 at http://michiganradio.org What's being said about education at the Mackinac Policy Conference Stateside for Thursday, May 30th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-may-30th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you live in Michigan there’s a good chance you’ll head up north this summer, or maybe west to bask in the sun on Lake Michigan, but if you’re still not sure where to escape this summer, we have some fun tips on hidden vacation gems you are sure to enjoy.</span></p><p>And, Rick Pluta gave us an update on the Mackinac Policy Conference.</p><p>And, Daniel Howes shared his insights on how the financial and investing world views the Detroit auto companies.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:59:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 12815 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, May 30th, 2013 Rhee praises Michigan school reform progress http://michiganradio.org/post/rhee-praises-michigan-school-reform-progress <p>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Education reform crusader Michelle Rhee says Michigan is making progress toward improving its schools but has more to do.</p><p>Rhee is the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools and founder of an advocacy group called StudentsFirst. She spoke Thursday during the annual Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference at Mackinac Island.</p><p>Rhee is a self-described lifelong Democrat who has clashed with teachers' unions, one of the party's key constituencies. During her speech, she called for honoring the teaching profession but demanding more accountability and rewarding the best teachers with more pay.</p><p>She also supports school voucher programs, which are unpopular with many Democrats who believe they drain money from public schools.</p><p>Rhee praised Michigan's Educational Achievement Authority, which was created to improve the state's lowest-performing schools.</p><p>Watch her speech here (scroll one hour in):</p><p><iframe src="http://cdn.livestream.com/embed/detroitpublictv?layout=4&amp;clip=pla_0937d34d-cd8c-41e1-9d4c-68bd72c0fa19&amp;color=0xe7e7e7&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false&amp;iconColorOver=0x888888&amp;iconColor=0x777777&amp;allowchat=true&amp;height=295&amp;width=480" style="border:0;outline:0" frameborder="0" height="295" scrolling="no" width="480"></iframe> Thu, 30 May 2013 16:53:53 +0000 The Associated Press 12808 at http://michiganradio.org Rhee praises Michigan school reform progress Watch the panel on the value of early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-panel-value-early-childhood-education <p>Michigan Radio's <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/term/early-education">State of Opportunity team</a> has been covering the research around early childhood education and the role it plays in a child's development.</p><p>That topic was discussed at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference this morning.</p><p>The Legislature and Governor Snyder <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/65-million-increase-early-ed-expected-pass-creates-16000-new-preschool-slots-michigan">have shown interest in boosting early ed programs in the state</a>, but how much should they commit, and what kinds of programs work?</p><p>Michigan Radio's Jennifer White led a panel discussion on early education in Michigan.</p><p><strong>Watch the discussion below (scroll five minutes in):</strong></p><p><iframe src="http://cdn.livestream.com/embed/detroitpublictv?layout=4&amp;clip=pla_a62d270e-7ec1-4b0b-b2a9-e2993c5773a9&amp;color=0xe7e7e7&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false&amp;iconColorOver=0x888888&amp;iconColor=0x777777&amp;allowchat=true&amp;height=295&amp;width=480" style="border:0;outline:0" frameborder="0" height="295" scrolling="no" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Panelists included:</p><p><strong>Carla D. Thompson,</strong> vice president for program strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation</p><p><strong>Rob Grunewald,</strong> economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis</p><p><strong>Bob Harbison,</strong> board member, Smart Start Oklahoma Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Mark Brush 12798 at http://michiganradio.org Watch the panel on the value of early childhood education Commentary: The Republican dilemma http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-republican-dilemma <p><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did a number of things on Mackinac Island yesterday. He managed to completely pack the Grand Hotel’s auditorium as the first major speaker of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">He made some connections for what could be—could be—a run for the presidency three years from now. He gave intelligent and well-thought out perspectives on education and immigration reform.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">But he also illustrated the huge dilemma facing today’s Republican Party, especially on immigration. Bush artfully sketched out the outlines of a policy that would actively encourage more immigrants, especially those who are well-educated and have needed skills. He would take us from a policy where most immigration is done for family reunification to one based on our nation’s economic priorities. That would seem to make a lot of sense.</span></p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:29:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12805 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The Republican dilemma In this morning's news: Bush at Mackinac, push to repeal gay marriage ban, Snyder on DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-bush-mackinac-push-repeal-gay-marriage-ban-snyder-dia <p><b><font size="2">Jeb Bush endorses school choice at Mackinac Policy Conferenc<font size="2">e</font></font></b></p><p><font size="2">"Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a large business and political conference on Mackinac Island that Michigan and other states should clear the way for more charter and online schools. He also urged Michigan to stick with the Common Core education standards," <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-jeb-bush-urges-action-education">reports</a> Rick Pluta.</font></p><p><font size="2"><b>Michigan Democrats push for marriage equality</b></font></p><p><font size="2">Yesterday, Democrats in the Michigan state senate announced their intent to introduce legislation repealing the state’s same-sex marriage ban. </font></p><p><font size="2">"Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor says polling shows more Michiganders support gay marriage than just a year ago. She also said that married couples enjoy a host of legal protections, and removing Michigan’s ban would ensure gay couples can be legal parents to their adoptive children," according to the Associated Press.</font></p><p><font size="2"><b>Snyder comments on sale of DIA collection</b></font></p><p><font size="2">"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he hopes Detroit’s financial crisis doesn’t force emergency manager Kevyn Orr to sell off items from the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art... Orr says the DIA’s collection could face sale if Detroit seeks bankruptcy protection.<font size="2">..</font>Snyder said yesterday at the Mackinac Policy Conference that the DIA is ‘important to the livelihood of the city" and that "the goal is not to sell the assets of the DIA in a wholesale fashion,’" the Associated Press reports. </font></p><p><font size="2"> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:00:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12804 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Bush at Mackinac, push to repeal gay marriage ban, Snyder on DIA