newsmaker interviews http://michiganradio.org en Central American children destined for Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/central-american-children-destined-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There has been a recent influx of undocumented children who are crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. Many of these children hail from Central American nations where violence is prevalent. Recent news that some of these children could be housed here at a facility in Vassar, Michigan while awaiting immigration hearings has received mixed reactions.</span></p><p>Wolverine Human Services is an organization that owns and operates a facility in Vassar and might house some of the Central American children. Jennifer White, host of <em>All Things Considered</em>, is joined by Derrick McCree, senior VP of Wolverine Human Services.</p><p>McCree says as it stands right now, the contract is still under consideration by the Office of Refugee Settlement. The contracting company, Heartland Alliance of Chicago, Illinois, has been providing services for children in similar circumstances for the past 19 years. Due to the humanitarian crisis at the national level, Heartland Alliance reached out to other providers, particularly in Michigan, to inquire about providing assistance.</p><p>The services provided are essential, basic shelter services, medical care, education in the format of ESL, recreational activities, and trauma counseling. Heartland Alliance would cover the reunification fees to help seek relatives or family members within the U.S. where the child could stay while the court proceedings play out. If no family member or relative is located, the option of a foster family exists.</p><p>According to McCree, funding for the program comes from the federal government. And while there has been vocal opposition to the idea of housing children in Vassar, McCree says the Vassar community has been largely supportive, and he's heard from people who are interested in helping the Central American children.&nbsp;McCree says the children making their way to the southern U.S. border are escaping what are often very dangerous situaations, and they are in need of help.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Omar Saadeh - Michigan Radio Newsroom&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:29:18 +0000 Jennifer White 18406 at http://michiganradio.org Central American children destined for Michigan? Detroit will continue to face major challenges even after bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-will-continue-face-major-challenges-even-after-bankruptcy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As the city of Detroit swiftly works its way through bankruptcy court there are some bright spots on the horizon. The state of Michigan, foundations and corporations are contributing millions of dollars to shore up city pensions and protect art held by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Mayor Mike Duggan is making strides to alleviate blight across the city. However, even in a best case scenario, what issues and challenges will the city continue to face even after the bankruptcy proceedings conclude?</p><p>Jennifer White, host of <em>All Things Considered</em>, speaks with Michigan State University Economist Eric Scorsone about the challenges facing the city of Detroit and the key systemic issues that the city must address.</p><p>Scorsone emphasizes that although there has been some recovery in the city, the challenges of the high unemployment rate, the big differences in the Detroit labor market when it comes to earnings of city residents compared to non-residents, upgrading the skill levels of city residents and the creation of jobs are issues that no one individual will be able to resolve alone, and will require cooperation from many agencies and non-profit organizations.</p><p>According to Scorsone, blight removal is an important step, but it is not necessarily the final solution. There needs to be major changes when it comes to land designated for certain uses such as housing, and stabilizing certain neighborhoods is imperative to the city’s future health.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em>--Omar Saadeh</em></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:44:50 +0000 Jennifer White 18134 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit will continue to face major challenges even after bankruptcy Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons explains latest on statewide teacher evaluation bills http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-lisa-posthumus-lyons-explains-latest-statewide-teacher-evaluation-bills <p></p><p>A state wide teacher evaluation system is finally seeing some movement in the legislature. The plan would rate teachers and administrators based on student growth on standardized tests and in-class observations. If teachers and administrators are found to be ineffective for three year in a row, they would be fired.</p><p>Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons is the C<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hair of the House Education Committee. She joined</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;us today.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:39:46 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 17547 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons explains latest on statewide teacher evaluation bills Republican state senator introduces bill to increase minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-state-senator-introduces-bill-increase-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan voters could see a question about increasing the minimum wage on the ballot this year. A petition drive is under way to collect enough signatures. But one Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage in Michigan. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, wants to increase the minimum wage from $7.40 to $8.15 an hour and an increase from $2.65 to $2.75 an hour for tipped workers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I’m suggesting that this is a good alternative," Jones says. "I don’t want to see all these waiters and waitresses lose these jobs; many of them are single moms who depend on this income and this is very good income for somebody typically with just a high school diploma."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jones believes that minimum wage is intended as a starter job and that there are good jobs in Michigan, but that companies are having a difficult time filling those positions. Jones emphasizes that people need to understand the risks behind a possible ballot proposal to increase the minimum wage.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:53:02 +0000 Jennifer White & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17403 at http://michiganradio.org Republican state senator introduces bill to increase minimum wage Michigan's Medicaid expansion goes into effect today http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-goes-effect-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797---,00.html">Healthy Michigan</a>” is available to more than 470,000 low-income Michiganders between the ages of 19 and 64.</p><p>Joining us today is Krista Nordberg, director of enrollment at the Washtenaw Health Plan.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nordberg says the Healthy Michigan Plan is “extremely comprehensive health care coverage” for low-income individuals. The kind of coverage available includes medical benefits, prescription coverage, dental, vision and mental health services.</span></p><p>But under the new plan, people will be responsible for some of the cost of their health care.</p><p>“The co-pays range from about $1 to $3 for the dental and the vision and the prescriptions. And for people with higher incomes – incomes between 100-133% of poverty – they will be asked to contribute to a health savings account, and that is still something being worked out with the state as to how that would be administered through their health plan, and how they will pay into that,” said Nordberg.</p><p>For more information about Healthy Michigan click <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/healthymiplan">here</a>, or call 1-855-789-5610.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 17065 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Medicaid expansion goes into effect today What's next for the EAA in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-eaa-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A vote is expected on a final version of a bill that would expand the Education Achievement Authority into a statewide district.&nbsp;</p><p>The EAA was created by the Snyder administration to initially oversee the lowest performing schools in the Detroit Public School system where it currently oversees 15 schools. Supporters say the EAA will give troubled schools the opportunity to turn things around, but critics say the EAA hasn’t proved that its model for education is a successful one.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Smith, the statewide education reporter for </span>MLIVE.com joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:02:26 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16976 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for the EAA in Michigan? Could foundations offering to help Detroit regret their decision? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-foundations-offering-help-detroit-regret-their-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As Detroit continues to move through the bankruptcy process, an outstanding issue is a plan to protect artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A group of foundations and private donors have pledged over $300 million that would help cover city pensions and offset the need to sell the artwork.&nbsp;</p><p>A recent <a href="https://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Offering-to-Bail/144233/">op-ed</a> in the Chronicle of Philanthropy questions the wisdom of this plan.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">William </span>Schambra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is the director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal in Washington D.C. and he joined us today.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16708 at http://michiganradio.org Could foundations offering to help Detroit regret their decision? Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-lipton-believes-her-bill-better-alternative-eaa <p></p><p>The Michigan House could vote this week to expand the Education Achievement Authority, or EAA.</p><p>The EAA was created by Gov. Rick Snyder as a separate school district for the lowest-performing 5% of schools in Michigan. The idea was that under the oversight of a state appointed emergency manager, those schools could be transformed into higher performing, stable schools. Supporters of the EAA say the district is showing student improvement. Critics of the district say the EAA is failing students and schools.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton is the sponsor of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 5268. She&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">poke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:20:33 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16498 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-zemke-believes-teacher-evaluations-need-change <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A set of bipartisan bills moving through the state legislature would reshape Michigan’s teacher evaluation system. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Rep. Adam&nbsp;</span>Zemke&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Ann Arbor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sponsored <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(kr5vsi552oeduinogkrgvd45))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2014-HB-5224">Bill 5224</a>. He spoke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16402 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change Detroit bankruptcy moving quickly http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-moving-quickly <p></p><p>This week, Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press, pointed out the positive momentum around the Detroit bankruptcy, and also the glaring outstanding issues that could have a major impact on how quickly and efficiently the bankruptcy proceeds.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">All Things Considered host Jennifer White spoke with S</span>tephen Henderson.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16303 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy moving quickly Detroit eligible for bankruptcy, what comes next? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-eligible-bankruptcy-what-comes-next <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today, Judge Steven Rhodes&nbsp;<span style="font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">of the United States Bankruptcy Court&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ruled that while the City of Detroit did not negotiate with creditors in good faith, it did file for bankruptcy in good faith. His ruling makes Detroit eligible to file for the largest municipal bankruptcy in this country’s history. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David </span>Shepardson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Washington reporter with the Detroit News has been following the bankruptcy. He joined us to talk about this historic ruling, and what to watch for in the coming months.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:18:12 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15517 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit eligible for bankruptcy, what comes next? StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/storycorps-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary <p></p><p>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is celebrating its&nbsp;</span>10<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;anniversary of bringing us conversations that move us, make us laugh, make us think...and of course, draw some tears.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we talk with the founder of <a href="http://storycorps.org/">StoryCorps</a>, David</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Isay&nbsp;about their new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">book "Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of </span>StoryCorps”<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15442 at http://michiganradio.org StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary What the state could gain by raising the minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/what-state-could-gain-raising-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p>There is legislation pending at the national and state level that seeks to increase the minimum wage. In Michigan it's $7.40 per hour, just over the federal minimum wage of $7.25. &nbsp;A person working full time and earning the minimum would pull down just over $15,300 per year before taxes.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, there are three bills from Democrats in the state legislature seeking an increase of Michigan’s minimum wage to $9 or $10 per hour. Opponents of those bills say it would lead to layoffs, decreased hours, and a spike in prices.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Proponents say now is the time to increase the minimum wage. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we talked with&nbsp;</span>Yannet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lathrop, policy analyst with the Michigan League for Public Policy and author of the study “Raising the Minimum Wage: Good for Working Families, Good for Michigan’s Economy.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:21:55 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 15354 at http://michiganradio.org What the state could gain by raising the minimum wage Federal election monitoring in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-election-monitoring-detroit-hamtramck-and-flint <p></p><p>It's Election Day, and federal election monitors are keeping an eye on voting in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Justice wants to ensure those cities comply with the Voting Rights Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joining us to talk about the monitoring is&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">Executive Assistant United States Attorney,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">Stephanie Dawkins Davis.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an effort to protect the integrity of the process. It isn’t that there has been any specific concern or that there has been any wrong doing in any of these jurisdictions. The U.S. government would like to protect the integrity of the process," Davis said.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15137 at http://michiganradio.org Federal election monitoring in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint Did the state negotiate in good faith at the Detroit bankruptcy hearing? http://michiganradio.org/post/did-state-negotiate-good-faith-detroit-bankruptcy-hearing <p></p><p>This week, Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is hearing arguments on whether the city of Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. Both Governor Snyder and Detroit Emergency Manger&nbsp;Kevyn Orr <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/sharp-exchange-between-bankruptcy-judge-and-detroits-emergency-manager">have testified</a>. They argue that bankruptcy is Detroit’s only path to solvency.</p><p>John Pottow&nbsp;weighed in on the matter on today's Stateside program. Pottow is professor of law at the University of Michigan who specializes in bankruptcy and consumer protection.</p><p>"I think the hardest issue about this is this Michigan constitutional provision about protecting the pensions," Pottow&nbsp;said. "This gets to what's animating the objectors and the unions is, why would the governor want to rush Detroit into bankruptcy? It's not what people generally clamor toward. And their concern is that because of this protection the workers have under the state constitution, that the governor might be trying to use&nbsp;the federal bankruptcy law as a way to get around the Michigan constitution."</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:04:16 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15044 at http://michiganradio.org Did the state negotiate in good faith at the Detroit bankruptcy hearing? Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/shutdown-slows-us-attorneys-work-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A partial shutdown of the federal government shutdown is now in day eight. There doesn&rsquo;t appear to be a resolution in sight which leaves over 800,000 federal employees out of work. That includes people at the U.S. Attorney General&rsquo;s office in Detroit. Today we talk with Barbara </span>McQuade<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Thirty&nbsp;out of almost 200 people are furloughed at her office.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;That&#39;s having an impact on the litigation mission of our office. Most of our criminal litigators are still here handling criminal cases, but it&#39;s our civil docket that&#39;s really taking a hit,&quot;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McQuade</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;Our people are working without pay, which is having a big impact, as you can image, on morale. The people that are furloughed are not being paid, but even the people who are here working are not being paid.&quot;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14771 at http://michiganradio.org Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan Author explores family secrets in the new autobiographical memoir: Annie's Ghosts http://michiganradio.org/post/author-explores-family-secrets-new-autobiographical-memoir-annies-ghosts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year&rsquo;s </span><a href="http://www.michiganhumanities.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Great Michigan Read</a><a href="http://www.michiganhumanities.org/programs/tgmr/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">selection is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Annie&rsquo;s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, by Steve </span>Luxenberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The autobiographical memoir tells the story of one man&rsquo;s surprising discovery of his aunt, Annie, who he only learns of after his mother&rsquo;s death. This is a fascinating read: its part mystery story, part family history and part exploration, as the author relearns who his mother and aunt really were.</p><p>This week, host Jennifer White talks with the author, Steve Luxenberg about why it was important for him to write such an intimate story about his family.</p><p>&ldquo;My mother had a secret, which she kept her entire life. She didn&rsquo;t tell her children that she had a sister who was institutionalized for 31 years at a Michigan Hospital called Eloise. When we found out about this, I needed to re-imagine my mother and my entire family story because when my mom was growing up she told elaborate stories about how she was an only child. Those stories turned out not to be true,&quot; Luxenberg said.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14562 at http://michiganradio.org Author explores family secrets in the new autobiographical memoir: Annie's Ghosts Duggan explains his plan to rebuild Detroit neighborhoods http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-explains-his-plan-rebuild-detroit-neighborhoods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The field for the next mayor of Detroit has been whittled down to two. Benny&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Napoleon</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Wayne County&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheriff</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Mike&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duggan, f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ormer CEO of Detroit Medical Center.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duggan recently released his <a href="https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&amp;ik=b966919a19&amp;view=att&amp;th=141045924a8b4f27&amp;attid=0.1&amp;disp=inline&amp;realattid=f_hle4fnr20&amp;safe=1&amp;zw&amp;saduie=AG9B_P8UU5FZG5DXieg9o6csIIeW&amp;sadet=1378839828724&amp;sads=VLjB6yY9qkRNpcTiEHahYJLeQHQ">10 point plan</a> focused on rebuilding Detroit neighborhoods.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One big issue facing Detroit is the amount of abandoned buildings, and how sparsely populated the city is now, which makes it difficult to provide services. Duggan joined us today to talk his&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ideas for addressing that problem.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If you’re in an area where you are down to a couple of houses per block, what we want to do is create incentives so that those houses that we cease in densely occupied blocks can be made available to people who would relocate from the block that only have one or two houses left and I think in a positive way we can convince people to move from the declining neighborhoods to the neighborhoods that are stable," he said.</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:42:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14357 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan explains his plan to rebuild Detroit neighborhoods Economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/economic-impact-medicaid-expansion-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate could vote on a bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan this week.</span></p><p>The legislation would extend health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders through the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>On today's program we talk with Charles Ballard, an economist at Michigan State University about the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion in Michigan.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:19:03 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14163 at http://michiganradio.org Economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Michigan Shakespeare in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/shakespeare-detroit <p></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareInDetroit">Shakespeare in Detroit</a> was founded by Detroit native, Samantha White. As its inaugural performance on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 p.m., the company will present Shakespeare's <em>Othello</em> at Grand Circus Park in Detroit. Samantha White spoke with Michigan Radio's Jennifer White about the company, the performance, and why the works of Shakespeare need a home in Detroit.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 13962 at http://michiganradio.org Shakespeare in Detroit