Michigan Policast for Monday, February 11, 2019
Republicans push back on Governor Whitmer's environmental protection initiatives, the clock is ticking on the 2020 ballot initiatives, and Bob Emerson talks about how to fund our road repairs.
- Walt and Christine kick off the show with some background on Governor Whitmer's environmental protection initiative and why the Republicans are trying to kill it.
- Walt was one of the early participants in the Voters Not Politicians ballot initiative to eliminate gerrymandering in Michigan. He runs through the 2020 ballot initiatives and the challenges facing these grassroots efforts.
Fix the Damn Roads report: a bipartisan group of government elders comes up with a plan to pay for Michigan's road repairs. The group consists of former House Speaker Raul Hillegonds (R), former Senate Republican Leader Ken Sikkema, former Democratic Lt Governor John Cherry, and former House Democratic Leader Bob Emerson, who also served as State Budget Director. Walt talks to Emerson about the group's efforts and recommendations.
Our hearts are heavy for John Dingell.
Resources for this week:
- Whitmer’s flurry of executive directives, explained
- Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Order Announcing Dept. Of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
- Michigan Senate debates reversing Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul
- When it comes to the Michigan DEQ, does public comment even matter? (an example of why the public is hungry for change on how we handle decisions regarding our natural resources)
- Groups behind Michigan ballot initiatives mull challenges to lame-duck laws
- Michigan 2020 ballot measures
- Voters Not Politicians
- Ex-lawmakers: Hike gas tax 47 cents to fix Michigan roads
- Chris Savage's great tribute and memories of John Dingell
- The wonderful John Dingell twitter archives
- John Dingell: My last words for America