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Independent Streams (Week of January 28)


State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, a Michigan Political Leadership Program alumni, talks about Michigan’s decline in school funding.

IPPSR Interim Director Arnold Weinfeld, MSU economist Charles Ballard and Sharlissa Moore, of MSU’s College of Engineering and James Madison College, discuss Michiganders' support for more renewable energy.

IPPSR affiliate Charles Ballard quoted on Bridge Magazine discussing Michigan’s road funding problem for Governor Whitmer’s first budget


MPLP alumni and state Rep. Michael Webber introduced two bills to bring greater transparency and accountability in Michigan’s auto insurance system

MPLP alumni and state Sen. Sylvia Santana talks about her bill seeking professional development for teachers on “mental health first aid” with Michigan Public Radio

David Arson, MSU professor of education policy and lead author of a new school finance study, concludes that “Michigan has tried to improve schools on the cheap.” He is an IPPSR affiliate faculty member.


Michigan Republican legislators push back against settlement of a redistricting lawsuit sought by newly elected Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, an MPLP alumni.

Ken Sikkema, a past IPPSR Forum panelist, is part of a bipartisan group of former legislators seeking ways to find the finances to repair the state’s crumbling roads.

MPLP Alumni Jamie Clover Adams, former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, has moved to a federal agriculture position.