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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget and the potential impact on Michigan cities

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. Feb. 23 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We talked to public policy experts about Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget and the potential impact it will have on Michigan cities. View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show about the proposed state budget's potential impacts on local communities. Length: 37:36

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 sets up the show and how it will focus on Governor Rick Snyder's budget plan. Length: 1:29.

nancy kaffer

Co-Host Nancy Kaffer

Nancy is a reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business. She covers entrepreneurship, second-stage businesses and government in the city of Detroit and Wayne County.

Kaffer explains how much money Detroit stands to lose under the governor's budget.
Length: 6:29


lou glazer

Lou Glazer


Lou is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, nonprofit think tank. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world-class community in the Information Age. Lou will discuss the proposed budget and how he thinks it will impact the economic environment in Michigan.

Glazer recommends several things to improve our state, including a gas tax increase to fix Michigan's crumbling roads. Length: 9:37


bill rustem

Bill Rustem


Bill Rustem is a longtime Lansing policy expert with an expertise in the environment and roots in the Milliken administration. He currently serves as chief strategist for Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. Formerly President and CEO of the issues management firm Public Sector Consultants, Rustem has been an advisor to Snyder and lent behind-the-scenes help in drafting the Ann Arbor Republican’s economic and governing agenda.

Rustem explains the governor's budget plan and how the state must deal with its $1.5 billion deficiet to move forward. Length: 10:00

steve brock

Steve Brock


Steve Brock is the city manager of Farmington Hills. He is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the city, including overseeing all departments and implementing city policies. Brock will talk about his thoughts on the Governor’s proposed budget and how it will impact his community.

Brock says the state must change some laws that currently impede cities' ability to consolidate and share services. Length: 10:00


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