May 28, 2015: Mackinac Policy Conference 2015

Christy McDonald for a live broadcast with analysis and behind-the-scenes information from the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. With a focus on Talent, Urban Revitalization, and Cohesion, it’s three days of the most important issues facing Michigan, and the next best thing to being there!

  • Wednesday, May 28th from 1pm to 5:30pm ET
  • Thursday, May 29th  from 8:30am to 5pm ET
  • Friday, May  30th  from 8:30am to 11:45pm ET
  • Tune in for our MiVote Mackinac nightly wrap-up shows airing May 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. ET. will feature edited segments of conference sessions and interviews with newsmakers at the Conference.  Join the conversation using #MPC15 on Twitter and Facebook.

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May 21, 2015: Road Funds / Prison Reform / Policy Forum / Detroit Investors

We’ve been talking about the bad condition of Michigan roads for a while and now the legislature and Governor Snyder have reached a deal on how much money will be used to fix the state’s roads and bridges. However, it’s only a drop in the bucket for the total amount that’s needed. Tonight, the MiWeek team takes a look at this short-term answer for road funding and how it impacts other state spending.

Plus, we examine Governor Rick Snyder’s recommendations for overhauling the state’s criminal justice system, take a peek at the issues on the agenda for this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, and discuss development in Detroit.

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May 14, 2015: Senator Charged / Transit Plan / Summer Sessions / New Deadlines

State Senator Virgil Smith faces felony charges following a shooting incident at his Detroit home involving his ex-wife. He’s been removed from Senate committees and caucus duties.  But is that enough? The MiWeek team discusses the limited options in the State Constitution for removing legislators.

The Regional Transit Authority kicked off its master planning process this week with a rally at Campus Martius.  Next week, the RTA will begin meeting with residents in the four counties that will be linked through the regional transportation service, to see what they envision for the system. The MiWeek team offers their ideas.

And “school” won’t be out for the State Senate for the entire summer. They say there’s too much work to do, including coming up with a road- funding plan in light of Proposal 1′s failure.

Plus, deadlines have been extended for delinquent Wayne County property taxpayers and Detroit water customers to allow more residents to get on payment plans. The MiWeek team looks at whether this is the best way to deal with the issues and hardships of the residents.

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May 7, 2015: Roads Plan B / Detroit Fatigue? / POTUS Candidates / MiWeek Headlines

Proposal 1 to fix the state’s roads went down in defeat. What’s the fallout and what happens now? What will lawmakers propose next? The MiWeek team tackles these questions.

In addition to fixing the roads, the legislature must also debate Governor Snyder’s education plan. What will it take in terms of money and how will lawmakers feel about its impact on other school districts. The MiWeek team looks at this issue and questions whether the legislature could soon experience “Detroit fatigue.”

Plus, the race to the White House is heating up. Detroit native Dr. Ben Carson threw his hat into the ring, along with Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiona. What role will Michigan have in the race?


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Detroit Regional Chamber And DPTV Partner To Expand Access, Coverage Of The 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

For the fifth year in a row, The Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will collaborate to provide Michigan citizens with the highest level of access to the Mackinac Policy Conference’s content. The Conference, held May 27th through May 29th on Mackinac Island, Mich., will feature top-level speakers, insightful panels and other programming with nearly 1,500 statewide business, government and community leaders on-site.

4/30/15: Proposal 1 / SCOTUS Cameras? / Baltimore Unrest / Headlines

After weeks of discussing Proposal 1, we’re just days away from voting on the controversial plan to fix Michigan’s roads. Governor Snyder is in favor of the proposal, but critics say it is too complicated and it will take too long for the road funding to kick in. So, will voters approve or reject Proposal 1? Tonight, the MiWeek team examines the issues from all sides.

Plus, the historic case this week involving same-sex marriages brings up another important question: Is it time to lift the ban on cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court? And the tension that exploded in Baltimore could happen anywhere. Our panel takes a look at how Detroit is working to keep communication open between the community and law enforcement.

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April 16, 2015: Wayne County Tax Extension Plan

Tonight on MiWeek, we take a closer look at the foreclosure crisis in Wayne County. 76,000 homes are facing tax foreclosure this year, and new laws have helped people get into plans with fewer penalties. Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski joins us to discuss payment plan extensions for homeowners facing tax foreclosure.

The Team also takes a look at Michigan’s gay marriage ban, which heads to the U.S. Supreme Court in a couple of weeks. Plus, the Detroit City Council takes some heat for delaying a vote on the new $450M Red Wings project.

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April 9, 2015: Pothole 911 / 2015 News Stories / 2016 POTUS Race

With pothole season upon us, we all know how dangerous some of those craters can be for drivers. For the second year, Macomb County residents have been told to dial 911 if they see a pothole that could cause severe damage to their vehicles. The goal? To get the pothole assessed and fixed right away. Tonight, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joins us to discuss his thoughts on the county’s pothole plan, Proposal 1, and a regional water authority.

Plus, the MiWeek team tries to predict the biggest stories on the horizon for Detroit.

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April 2, 2015: Improving Detroit Schools / Detroit City Council Pay Raises / Religious Freedom Act

The report by the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren recommends sweeping changes in Detroit education. John Rakolta, Jr., one of the Coalition’s co-chairs, joins the MiWeek team in the studio to break down the Coalition’s report.

Plus, the team takes a brief look at a couple other news headlines: The pay raises granted to the Detroit City Council and City Clerk, and the controversy swirling around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Could Michigan pass a similar measure?

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March 26, 2015: Governor Snyder Visits / Road Funding / Michigan Education

We’re just three months into 2015, and there has been no shortage of news across Michigan: the state has a new School Superintendent and Detroit Public Schools has a new Emergency Manager. Plus, voters will decide in May whether Proposal One is the best solution for fixing Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges. Tonight, Governor Rick Snyder joins us in studio to discuss road funding and education developments in Michigan.

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