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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget and what it means for Michigan

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

radioshowThe Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month since January of 2010.

The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

THE MOST RECENT SHOW aired at 7 p.m. March 23 on News/Talk 760 WJR. In the most recent program, we talked with public policy experts from across the state about Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget and the impact it could have on communities in Michigan. View past radio shows here.THE NEXT SHOW will air at 7 p.m. April 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

Listen to the full show about the proposed budget cuts and what it could mean to Michigan communities. Length: 35:56

Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, talks about Governor Rick Snyder's proposed state budget and its potential impact on municipalities.

Dan explains what this month's show is about. Length: 1:19.

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Eric Schneidewind

 

Eric is the President of AARP Michigan and an attorney and partner at the Varnum LLP law firm as well as having extensive experience in state government and advocacy. He will discuss the impact of the state budget on Michigan’s senior population and the communities they live in.

Scheidewind discusses how the governor’s budget plan would result in Michigan residents paying more taxes for worse services, which is something his organization won’t accept. Length: 12:19

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Mayor William Wild

 

William Wild is the Mayor of the city of Westland, the 10th largest municipality in the state of Michigan boasting more than 86,000 residents. He will discuss the impact of reductions in state funding on his community and steps they will make to deal with continued lower funding levels in the future.

Mayor Wild explains what his community has already been doing to “right-size” itself by bringing expenses in line with revenues. The work includes reducing staff while trying to maintain services residents want and deserve. Length: 10:46

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Michael Boulus

 

Michael is the executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, the coordinating body for the state’s 15 public universities. He will discuss the proposed $300 million cut to state universities and how they will operate after many years of reduced funding.

Boulus explains that two the areas cut the most in recent years are revenue sharing to cities and higher education dollars. Length: 11:25

PAST SHOWS

Feb. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget and the potential impact on Michigan cities

Jan 26, 2011: New leadership and the impact on jobs, education and quality of life

Dec 23, 2010: Why Higher Education is Among Main Pillars for Building Michigan's Future

Nov 24, 2010: New Leadership and the Impact on Jobs, Education and Quality of Life

Oct 20, 2010: Michigan Governor Candidates Talk Cities

Sept 23, 2010: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Aug 25, 2010: Green Initiatives

July 28, 2010: Economic Gardening

June 23, 2010: Rightsizing Cities

May 26, 2010: Attracting and Retaining Talented Young People

Apr 28, 2010: The New Urban Neighborhood

Mar 24, 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Feb 24, 2010: Talking Transit

Jan 27, 2010: Making a Better Michigan

 

 

 

 

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