7/2/15: Detroit Schools / Regional Transportation / Kevyn Orr / Roundtable Discussion

Tonight on MiWeek, we hear what Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan, and members of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren think about the future of Detroit schools. Plus, host Christy McDonald interviews CEO of the Regional Transit Authority, Michael Ford, about creating a master transportation plan for southeast Michigan. Christy also talks with Kevyn Orr, the former emergency manager for the city of Detroit, about the pivotal moments in the city’s bankruptcy process and the number one question he gets about Detroit.

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6/25/15: Gun Violence / The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage / The Confederate Flag

Host Christy McDonald and contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley discuss gun violence, gay marriage and the recent controversy surrounding the confederate flag. They highlight points such as the rising crime rate, expectations from the impending Supreme Court decision and the negative symbolism associated with the confederate flag.

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6/18/15: County Help / City Support / POTUS Poll / 2016 Budget

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has one of the toughest jobs around. He inherited a huge deficit and quickly tried to make cuts to keep the county out of bankruptcy, or under emergency management. Now, Evans wants help from the state. We discuss what this means for the budget and county services.

Plus, the Ford Foundation is meeting in Detroit for the first time since moving away nearly 70 years ago. Why is this series of meetings in Motown a big deal?

And Governor Snyder signs a new state budget. The team will take a look at what’s in it – and what’s not.

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Plus, the MiWeek team weighs in on racial identity and the scandal involving Rachel Dolezal, former president of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP.


6/11/15: City Curfew / End Campus Assaults / Good Jobs / Pistons Partner?

Summer is almost here and one of the most anticipated family events in Detroit takes place in just a couple of weeks: The annual fireworks celebration. But there is controversy surrounding the curfew. Tonight the MiWeek team examines why expanding the curfew for kids beyond the fireworks is a concern for some parents and community groups.

Also, First Lady Sue Snyder sets out to end sexual assaults on Michigan college campuses. Plus, TV host Mike Rowe explains why the skilled trades can give a boost to Michigan.

In the web exclusive below, Stephen and Nolan discuss the new faith-based adoption bill that allows religious adoption agencies the ability to deny couples based on sexual orientation.

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6/4/15: Tax Hike? / Water Deal / Road Fix / Detroit Talk

This week it seemed everywhere you looked, it was all about the money. First, a $52 million structural deficit, could taxpayers get the tab for a court-ordered judgment? Also, major issues surround the lease of Detroit’s water and sewerage system to a regional water authority.  Plus, the legislature is inching toward fixing Michigan’s roads and landing a budget. And how do those who live outside of the city and state see Detroit? It’s all coming up tonight on MiWeek.

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For the full discussion, join us tonight at 7:30 on WTVS – Detroit Public Television.

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.

MiVote.org 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.