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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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9/3/15: Education in Michigan

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As parents cheer wildly, kids across the state are getting ready to go back to school after Labor Day. But what kind of education are they getting here in Michigan and how does it compare to other state? Tonight on MiWeek, host Christy McDonald and weekly contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson devote the entire show to education. Plus, an in-depth conversation w/ State Supt. Brian Whiston

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MiWeek Web Exclusive: Extended Dan Varner Interview (7/9/15)

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As Detroit Public Schools closes out the fiscal year with a $238 million deficit, national education experts have been visiting the City at the invitation of Excellent Schools Detroit.  Christy interviews ESD CEO Dan Varner about the visits and what advice the school reformers are providing for improving education in Detroit.

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May 28, 2015: Mackinac Policy Conference 2015

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Join 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!

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From Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit Free Press

If Gorsuch values judicial independence, he'll withdraw

It’s the only way to take some of the air out of the escalating politicization of the judicial branch.

Henderson: Congress shouldn't take Trump's silly budget seriously

With a reckless pen, Donald Trump scribbles numbers onto paper, and trashes austerity in favor of outright brutality.

From Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News

Jacques: Give Alycia Meriweather a shot

There is no good explanation for why she isn’t a finalist to be the permanent superintendent of Detroit public schools

Podcast: Howes on Sergio peddling FCA, please

Howes says its undeniable that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is trying to sell the bi-national automaker. But to whom?

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