Stateside
4:17 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Universities and colleges across Michigan send their students to work and study in Detroit. Advocates say it’s a good place to test out new ideas and create community involvement, but others have worries that it's demeaning to the city, treating it like one big laboratory. On today's show: the relationship between college students and Detroit, and who gets the most from those relationships.

Then, we tried to answer a question that you've probably asked aloud: is this the snowiest winter ever in Michigan?

And, why are minorities under-represented in state legislature? A new study suggests it has something to do with political parties.

Also, we looked into how NAFTA has affected the auto industry in Michigan.

And, a Washtenaw County courtroom has been implementing principles of Native American peacemaking court. We spoke with one judge about how this works.

First on the show, ever since it became clear that Michigan has a $971 million revenue windfall, the questions have centered on how best to use that windfall. Republicans are talking tax relief. Democrats are blasting past tax increases.

In presenting his new budget for fiscal year 2015, we now have an idea of what Governor Snyder is proposing. If he gets his way, about 1.3 million of us could see a rebate check averaging $75.

MLive's Capitol reporter Jonathon Osting joined us today to tell us more.