governor rick snyder 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 Detroit Free Press reporter investigates how state agency lobbied for Severstal http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-free-press-reporter-investigates-how-state-agency-lobbied-severstal <p></p><p></p><p>It was June 2012 when Gov. Rick Snyder and Michael Finney, the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, attended a ceremony at the Severstal&nbsp;steel plant in Dearborn.&nbsp;</p><p>The two spoke with the CEO of the steel plant, Sergei Kuznetsov.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140504/NEWS02/305040079/severstal-emails-worst-air-polluters">A Detroit Free Press investigation raises questions</a> about what happened after that conversation in the summer of 2012.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Economic Development Corp., Gov. Rick Snyder's business-promoting agency, worked for months behind the scenes with one of the state's most flagrantly polluting businesses as the company lobbied the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to release even higher levels of pollutants and avoid current air quality regulations, DEQ e-mails obtained by the Free Press show.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Keith </span>Matheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a writer for the Detroit Free Press, joined us to talk about the investigation.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:25:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 17563 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Free Press reporter investigates how state agency lobbied for Severstal Survey shows that over half of Michigan voters want Michigan to help Detroit's bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-shows-over-half-michigan-voters-want-michigan-help-detroits-bankruptcy <p>A recent survey done by the group Business Leaders for Michigan finds that 66 percent of Michigan voters support Gov. Rick Snyder's pledge to have the state contribute to help settle Detroit's bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p>The survey found that 20 percent of voters oppose a state contribution, and more than 13 percent don't know if they are for or against.</p><p>There have been several ideas floated as to how much the state would give to what's known as the grand bargain – whether it would be a lump sum or spread out over a number of years, and where the money would come from.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, the State house unveiled legislation that spells out its idea for the best way to help Detroit out of bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit News capitol reporter Chad Livengood joined us to discuss.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:26:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 17533 at http://michiganradio.org Survey shows that over half of Michigan voters want Michigan to help Detroit's bankruptcy Big budget process predicted to be a "pain" http://michiganradio.org/post/big-budget-process-predicted-be-pain <p></p><p>State lawmakers are waist-deep in the big budget process. The mission is to iron out the differences in what the governor wants and what the House and Senate are willing to give.</p><p>It's looking like many differing views add up to lots of haggling, lots of need for compromise, and it has one State Senator talking like Mr. T as Clubber&nbsp;Lang in Rocky 3.&nbsp;</p><p>Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press joined us to explain why Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Roger Kahn is predicting "pain".&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the story above.</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:27:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 17497 at http://michiganradio.org Big budget process predicted to be a "pain" House Speaker Bolger balks at state support for Detroit bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/house-speaker-bolger-balks-state-support-detroit-bankruptcy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</p><p>This week, Jennifer White, host of <em>All Things Considered,</em> examines the latest developments surrounding the Detroit bankruptcy case. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr spent two days in Lansing this week, trying to galvanize lawmakers to support a grand bargain to&nbsp;reinforce Detroit pensions while protecting the Detroit Institute of Arts. The state is being asked to contribute $350 million, but House Speaker Jase Bolger has balked at the proposal.</p><p>Ken Sikkema&nbsp;emphasizes that because it is an election year, Speaker Bolger will have a difficult time getting full Republican support to contribute state money to help with Detroit’s financial woes, and that in order for a deal to proceed where the state will contribute financially, it will rely on bipartisan support.</p><p>“The speaker is walking a fine line here, between driving a hard bargain to show that Republicans actually got something in the way of more accountability so that this doesn’t happen again,” Sikkema explains. “Down in Detroit, the pieces are starting to fall into place to make this happen and the last big piece is state participation. But he’s never going to get full Republican support for this, particularly in an election year, it’s going to have to be a bipartisan vote.”</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:15:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Jennifer White 17453 at http://michiganradio.org House Speaker Bolger balks at state support for Detroit bankruptcy