Today on Current State: the history behind Michigan women’s suffrage; election fatigue; Michigan’s blue economy; local hard cider; and the MSU 360-24 project.
Michigan women received the right to vote on this day—Nov. 5, 1918— 95-years ago. Michigan was one of the earlier states to approve women’s suffrage.
Voters are going to the polls in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties today. Most are casting ballots for local mayoral and city council candidates as well as school-related issues.
A new report commissioned by the governor’s office focuses on accelerating Michigan’s water based or ‘Blue economy.’ The paper’s author, John Austin, is the Director of the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation. Austin says that a “Blue Economy” is similar to a “Green Economy”.
According to market researcher IBISWorld, hard cider sales have increased an average 27.5% annually during the last five years.
Last year, an ambitious MSU project sent a video crew around the world to document the “world grant” impact of Michigan State. It was called “MSU 360”.