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Lawmakers in Lansing try to figure out an economic theory they can stick to

Governor Rick Snyder's election seven years ago was supposed to represent the political triumph of "economic gardening," the idea that government doesn't offer big incentives to land big companies and, thus, pick winners and losers. Instead, the idea goes, economic gardening works to create an overall environment that allows businesses and startups to grow organically. The benefits are supposed to be fairness to both small and large businesses and that tax breaks and incentives are more across

Lawmakers in Lansing try to figure out an economic theory they can stick to

We should never forget what happened in Flint

When General Dwight D. Eisenhower's troops first overran an extermination camp in Nazi Germany, he directed that every photojournalist within 50 miles be brought to see it. When asked why, he said otherwise, someday, someone would deny that it had ever happened. He might have been even more worried that, people might just, with the passage of time, forget about it. It has only been two years since the state reluctantly agreed to allow Flint to reconnect to Detroit's water supply, but already

Taking on the bigwigs and muckety-mucks

English has a few great phrases for the people at the top of an organization. Depending on where you stand in the hierarchy, you probably have a few of your own — maybe even some that aren't appropriate for a public forum. We'll let you keep those to yourself. Instead we're going to look at a pair of terms that are fairly print and radio appropriate — bigwig and muckety-muck.

Week in Review: MSP director docked five days' pay and ICE eyes Detroit area for detention center

The director of the Michigan State Police will work five days without pay . That's the penalty Gov. Rick Snyder gave Col. Kriste Etue for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem "degenerates." Snyder also ordered all state departments to ensure their policies promote diversity and inclusiveness. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether the punishment will be enough for those

Week in Review: MSP director docked five days' pay and ICE eyes Detroit area for detention center

Michigan is back in the incentives game — in a big way

Governor Rick Snyder says chasing jobs in the global economy isn't all about pushing incentives. But that's not entirely true. Michigan offered Foxconn Technology Group more than $7 billion in tax breaks, savings and cash for three different projects, according to state documents detailed this week. And the state is a partner in the regional bid to land Amazon's second North American headquarters – a competitive interstate free-for-all certain to include whopping incentives. What's changed? The

Stateside 10.20.2017

On the program today we'll talk about #MeToo. Plus, May Erlewine talks about songs on her latest album. And, we'll hear about underserved farmers fighting the government. To find individual interviews, click here or see below: Political roundup: Proposal A plays into Senate plan to send local millage funds to charter schools Cheers! A cocktail using Michigan heirloom apples Problematic USDA farm loans disenfranchise non-white and female farmers, says advocate The answer is to #MeToo is better

Problematic USDA farm loans disenfranchise non-white and female farmers, says advocate

In 1920, there were 5.5 million white farm operators. By 2007, that number was down to 2.1 million. That's not all that surprising given that many white farmers are able to own and farm more acres because of today's machinery. Now, let's look at a different set of numbers. In 1920, there were 926,000 black farm operators. By 2007, the number was just over 30,000. That is a much steeper decrease, just one thirtieth of the original number.

Problematic USDA farm loans disenfranchise non-white and female farmers, says advocate

Political roundup: Proposal A plays into Senate plan to send local millage funds to charter schools

The Michigan Senate has approved a plan to give local tax dollars to charter schools. It would require any millage for intermediate school districts to be distributed to both public schools and privately-owned charter schools. Four Republican Senators voted against this, as did all of the Democrats. As part of its weekly political roundup, Stateside broke down the issue with Ken Sikkema , a senior policy fellow with Public Sector Consultants and a former Republican majority leader, and Vicki

Political roundup: Proposal A plays into Senate plan to send local millage funds to charter schools

May Erlewine shines in latest album 'Mother Lion'

May Erlewine is out with her newest album Mother Lion. And she's introducing it first to Michigan audiences. "I've been so lifted up and supported by the community here, so it seemed really fun and sort of tangible to actually be able to physically give the record and present the songs," Erlewine said. "I also haven't played most of them live ever, so it's sort of really presenting all of it as a piece for the first time."

The answer to #MeToo is better sex education

If you logged on to social media at some point this week, you likely saw dozens of posts about #MeToo. The hashtag took off after an actress posed the question : "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." Wendy Sellers believes education is the best way to prevent sexual harassment and assault.

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