Today on Current State: Heavy rain and the summer ahead; could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success; Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra; Lansing's Shabazz Academy; and rebuilding an East Lansing park's play area.
As Michigan works to recover from the economic downturn and the decline in its manufacturing base, there have been plenty of debates over which policies will set Michigan on a long-term path toward more prosperity.
The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival takes place in East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. There will be live jazz downtown from a variety of groups and the Broad Art Museum is participating as well with a unique event.
A popular East Lansing park is in the midst of a major transformation. All week, dozens of volunteers have been hammering, lifting and drilling sections of what will soon be a new playground at Patriarche Park. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and Current State’s Kevin Lavery has been following their progress.
Al kicks off the show with a Current Sports TV sneak peak by airing an interview with Dan Jimenez. Later, Matt joins Al to discuss the most recent comments made by Brad Ausmus and they debate about the alarming Detroit Tigers. To close the show, it's Throwback Thursday, and football recruiting is discussed too.
This week on Off the Record, the panel discusses the state hiring felons as caregivers and the Governor's race heats up. The guest is Pastor Stacy Swimp, from Revive Alive Missional Ministry to discuss opposition to gay marriage. Chad Livengood, Chris Christoff and Paul Egan join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.
In preparation for tonight's taping of Current Sports TV, Al interviews MHSAA Assistnat Director Mark Uyl to discuss high school officiating in wake of some of the most recent national referee tragedies. Later, Matt joins Al to discuss the recent rumors of Greg Monroe. To close the show, Matt and Al go back and forth on the future of Lebron James.