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Wrapping up the Mackinac Policy Conference

Last Updated by Georgeann Herbert on

Early Friday morning, gardeners with the Grand Hotel were busy in the large flower bed at the entrance. They pulled up the massive display of tulips that greeted Mackinac Policy Conference attendees who arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday and installed new plants in time for this weekend’s Lilac Festival on the island. The lilacs on the Grand Hotel grounds have emerged in full force this week...

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Future Detroit, now

Last Updated by , Ed Moore on

I get it all the time. From friends and colleagues in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and as far away as Milan, Italy. “I hear Detroit’s really coming back.” During his opening remarks yesterday at the Mackinac Policy Conference, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Sandy Baruah called Detroit “the hippest city in the country.”...

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On Flint and Moving Forward: A lot of “Eeyore” and a Little Hope

Last Updated by Andrea Claire Morningstar on

In his opening remarks at The Mackinac Policy Conference, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called for Michiganders to shift their focus from the “depressing” past to focus on solutions. He said that lately, talking to the media was “like talking to Eeyore”. I can relate. When it comes to Flint, it’s hard to have a positive outlook...

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Politics, Money, Education and Transit

Posted by Georgeann Herbert on

A year after proposing an overhaul of the system of schools in Detroit, the Skillman Foundation has formally kicked off the public policy debates at the Mackinac Policy Conference. In a morning session, the issues of governance and a financial rescue for the Detroit Public Schools were debated by John Rakolta, who co-chaired the coalition that made the recommendations, and Dan Quisenberry

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