Current State #46 | March 18, 2013

Mar 18, 2013

Today on Current State:  Governor Snyder’s 2013 economic conference; Michigan Municipal League leaders discuss the revenue debacle; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode;  the Higgs boson; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

Governor Rick Snyder calls his “Governor’s Economic Summit," which begins today in Detroit, a “centerpiece event” for 2013.  Over the next day and a half at Cobo Center,  the Governor is bringing together private sector employers and workforce developers to determine Michigan’s future hiring needs.  He plans a follow-up summit with educators in April to align the effort. Governor Snyder shares more details. 

Leaders of Michigan cities seek more revenue sharing

Mar 18, 2013

Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities.   With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue.  This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the upcoming NCAA tournament. 

The Higgs boson is confirmed, so what?

Mar 18, 2013
Wikimedia Commons

Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."

The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.