Issues & Ale

Unless you’ve been at the bottom of a salt mine for the last month or so, you know that Detroit is facing the mother of all financial crises. The city is about to run out of cash and options.

Within nine days, the governor either has to reach something called a consent agreement with the city’s elected leaders, or name an all-powerful emergency manager to run Detroit.

Nobody really understands how the consent agreement model would work, or frankly, even if it would work, but essentially, it would mean an emergency manager by committee.

Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law has sparked debate, national news coverage, and a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot this November. Michigan Radio’s Senior Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry will host a discussion on this controversial measure at Michigan Radio’s next Issues & Ale event on Monday, March 26 at Blackstone’s Pub in downtown Flint. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Michigan Radio has been sponsoring a set of public forums designed to bring experts on various issues together with the public in an informal, non-threatening way, a series called “Issues and Ale.“ I moderated one earlier this week that focused on education, held at the Wolverine Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. I was doubtful how many people would actually show up. This was on Tuesday night in what is really early winter, with the holidays approaching. To my surprise, however, before the evening was over it was standing room only, with people packing the hall.

Issues & Ale: How Michigan Learns
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 6:30pm
Jack Lessenberry hosted this discussion and community conversation on
the future of K-12 education. What’s the best way to prepare today’s
students for the global economy?  

Issues & Ale: The Future of Renewable Energy
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, 6:30pm Park Theater, Holland
Host Rebecca Williams of The Environment Report talked with
WMU Professor of Environmental Studies Harold Glasser, Hugh McDiarmid, Jr.
(Mich Environmental Council) and Paul Isely (GVSU Economics Professor)
about renewable energy in Michigan.

Issues & Ale: How will the Governor's budget affect you?
Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak
Jack Lessenberry hosted this look at the Governor's proposed
budget and how it would affect Michigan citizens.  

Issues & Ale: Fixing Michigan
Monday, Dec. 13, 2010
The Nuthouse, Lansing
Lester Graham hosted this discussion looking at the priorities for the
Snyder administration and the new legislature. 

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Issues & Ale: Campaign ads and the upcoming election Tuesday,
Oct. 19, 2010 Dr. Grins Comedy Club, Grand Rapids, Host
Jack Lessenberry and the Center for Michigan's Truth Squad looked
at the fact and fiction behind campaign ads. 

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