State of the State podcast examines Michigan residents’ views on taxes and the 2018 midterm election

May 3, 2018

State of the State is a monthly discussion with MSU researchers who provide context and evidence to inform Michigan policy debates.

Matt Grossmann, political scientist and Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), Charles Ballard, economist and Director of the State of the State Survey, and Arnold Weinfeld, associate director of IPPSR, engage in a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events each month.


On each episode of State of the State, Grossmann, Ballard and Weinfeld explore hot topics, pointing to research on each policy issue.

On the State of the State podcasts, they aim to promote historical and national context for Michigan issues and apply research to the state’s top problems. They aren’t necessarily your best source for day-to-day legislative politics, who’s winning and losing, and political strategy advice. They provide researchers’ views of how policy differs across states, how Michigan is positioned nationally, and the influence of policy on economic and social outcomes.

Topics on this edition of State of the State include Michigan residents’ views on their taxes and how both Democrats and Republicans are preparing for the 2018 midterm elections.

MSU Today airs Sunday afternoons at 4:00 on 105.1 FM and AM 870.