Today on Current State: Democrat Mark Schauer discusses his candidacy for governor; MSU President Lou Anna Simon highlights the URC and entrepreneurship; a new exhibit shows off Lansing's culinary side; Democratic Sen. Gretchen Whitmer talks education and budget issues; and a local theater production takes us back to the 1970s.
Barring the highly unforeseeable, Mark Schauer will be Michigan’s Democratic candidate for Governor next year. Schauer headed the BlueGreen Alliance, a group comprised of 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental organizations that advances a green jobs agenda.
Today is the first of two day-long sessions at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. Much of this year’s agenda focuses on the connection between public education and the health of Michigan’s economy.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon plays a noticeable role in this year’s gathering. She’s leading a key panel discussion today on the importance of corporate investment in education and efforts to close Michigan’s much publicized “skills gap.”
A key piece of the 2014 Michigan budget moved forward yesterday. The Republican-held majority of the state Senate passed a spending plan covering Michigan's public schools, community colleges and universities.