February 26, 2015: One-on-One with Mayor Mike Duggan / Coverage of Detroit Policy Conference

MIWEEK-347-WEB-EXTRAbAlmost two months after Detroit exited bankruptcy; the MiWeek teams hit the ground covering today’s Detroit Policy Conference, talking one-on-one with Mayor Mike Duggan and Governor Rick Snyder’s advisor, Paul Pastorek, about key issues affecting the region.

Tonight, host Christy McDonald and weekly contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson will interview Mayor Duggan about rebuilding Detroit after bankruptcy, solving key challenges facing the city, and 2016 fiscal budget.

The team will also talk with Pastorek about the state of education in Michigan and how the city and state can work together to continue Detroit’s resurgence and growth.

Plus, coverage of the 4th annual Detroit Policy Conference. The conference brings together key business, community and political leaders to inspire innovative solutions and urban revitalization by increasing dialogue between urban and suburban decision-makers and encourage collaborative efforst to grow business and shape Detroit’s future. 


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February 19, 2015: Judge Rhodes Talks / Charter School Scores / Magic Johnson’s Plans

It’s been a couple of months since Detroit officially emerged from chapter nine bankruptcy. And now the judge who presided over the history-making case, Judge Steven Rhodes, has officially retired. Judge Rhodes gave his first and only post-interview with WDET 101.9FM, discussing the City’s decision to file for bankruptcy, the importance of the grand bargain, as well as his controversial ruling concerning pensions. Host Christy McDonald and weekly contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson take a closer look at Judge Rhodes’ precedent-setting decisions.

Plus, report card time for Michigan’s charter school authorizers. The Education Trust-Midwest graded the organizations based on student achievement and improvement. The MiWeek team takes a look at the scores and examine whether all schools are being held accountable for results.

And can NBA legend Earvin Johnson work his “Magic” on the old State Fairgrounds? Johnson is leading a team of developers looking to transform the massive site into a mixed use project with stores, apartments, and possibly a movie theater. It’s all on MiWeek.

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February 12, 2015: Mayor Duggan’s Speech / State Budget / Corruption Probe Ends

Host Christy McDonald and weekly contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson examine Mayor Mike Duggan’s second State of the City Address. Instead of gathering in a city building downtown, Mayor Duggan delivered his speech in the heart of a Detroit neighborhood – at the Old Redford Theatre. The MiWeek team also takes a look at Governor Snyder’s state budget for the next fiscal year. Plus, Wayne County’s corruption probe has officially come to an end – so what will this mean for former County Executive Robert Ficano?

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Mayor Duggan on WDET with Stephen Henderson and Christy McDonald

Mayor Mike Duggan sits down with Stephen Henderson and Christy McDonald Monday at 9am

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February 5, 2015: Transit Failure / No Violation / Mayor Duggan’s First Year

On this episode of MiWeek:

  • Detroiter James Robertson’s story of taking a bus partway and then 21 miles back and forth to his job in Rochester Hills attracted national attention. The MiWeek team will discuss the status of the Regional Transit Authority that was created two years ago, as well as solutions for a better transit system.
  • There is an uproar brewing over whether Governor Snyder went too far by using his State of the State address as a platform to ask residents to vote YES on the May 5th sales tax ballot proposal, which will go toward fixing Michigan roads. Christy and the team will look at how support is drying up for the ballot proposal, and the extra tax people may end up paying.
  • Has Mayor Duggan delivered on his first year promises? The MiWeek team will examine his successes and failures, plus look ahead to his State of the City address next Tuesday night.

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January 29, 2015: Education Coalition / Getting Answers From Government / Rising Rents

Tonight our special guest is Tonya Allen, President of The Skillman Foundation and Co-Chair of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, joins us to discuss the Coalition’s goals, the Governor’s education remarks in his State of the State, and the Coalition’s meetings with parents.

The MiWeek team will also look at other stories taking news across the state:

  • We analyze the issues included in contributor Stephen Henderson’s Sunday column about the need to fix Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act and making government completely transparent
  • We discuss recent complaints from African-American owned businesses being “priced out” of the booming downtown and Midtown areas by landlords who are dramatically increasing rents.

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January 22, 2015: State of the State and State of the Union Recaps

Job training, road funding, and education – what will top the list of priorities in Michigan?  Tonight the MiWeek team takes a closer look at Governor Snyder’s State of the State Address. Plus, we examine President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

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In this segment, the MiWeek team looks at Kevyn Orr’s surprise appearance at the #MiSOTS15 on Tuesday night – what does it mean for Detroit?

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MiWeek State of the State Special

Detroit Public Television Brings You Governor Rick Snyder State of the State Address LIVE TONIGHT starting at 7pm ET

A Special Edition of MiWeek on Detroit Public Television/Ch.56 & online at www.miweek.org, via Twitter & Facebook #MiSOTS

Roads, the economy, schools, jobs…what are your main concerns in 2015? Tune in to Detroit Public Television (DPTV)/Ch. 56 or join us online starting at 7 p.m. tonight, as the MiWeek team brings you live coverage and in-depth analysis of Governor Rick Snyder’s 2015 State of the State address, which he will deliver before a joint session of the State House of Representatives and Senate.

Host of MiWeek, Christy McDonald along with Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News and Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press, will examine the Governor’s address, bring you the Democratic reaction, as well as the reactions of key stakeholders, such as William Jones, CEO of Focus: HOPE, and Pamela Moore, President of Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. Both guests will take part in a discussion about the efforts to create a skilled workforce to fill the jobs of tomorrow.

In his fifth State of the State address, the Governor is expected to focus on ways the state will deliver services to the area’s most vulnerable citizens, as well as initiatives to encourage vocational education and skilled trades, especially for students in Detroit Public Schools. In addition, the Governor plans to ask for support for the May 5 statewide ballot proposal to raise the sales tax from 6% to 7%, which will add $1.2 billion annually to fix Michigan’s roads.

Whether it’s education, roads, or the economy—find out how the Governor plans to move Michigan forward. Join us on-air or online starting at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. We also encourage you to send us your questions, and/or reactions to the Governor’s address using #MiSOTS.

January 15, 2015: Wayne County’s New Executive / Governor Snyder’s Busy Agenda / State of the State Preview

 Tonight on MiWeek:

  • Warren Evans, Wayne County’s new County Executive, joins us in-studio to discuss his new position, the challenges, and his ideas for turning the County around.
  • Only a couple weeks into the New Year, and Governor Snyder has already signed a road funding bill for a May vote, and has also appointed a new emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools
  • We preview our special coverage of the Governor’s State of the State address
  • The North American International Auto Show is in town, and the MiWeek team gives you a sneak peek of this year’s show

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January 8, 2015: Fixing Wayne County / Promoting Manufacturing / Drop in Violent Crimes

Happy New Year! 2015 is here and it’s a brand new start for all of us – including leaders here in Michigan and Washington, D.C. But many of 2014’s issues and challenges have carried over into the new year, and tonight the MiWeek team will take a closer look at these issues:

  •  Wayne County has a new leader in Warren Evans, but how will new leadership address the persistent problem of fixing the county’s finances?
  • As the new Republican-controlled Congress was sworn in, President Obama visited Michigan to tout the success of the auto industry bailout
  • Some good numbers for Detroit: a drop in violent offenses and property crimes
  • What has to be done to encourage and support minority entrepreneurship in the “new” Detroit?

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