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Independent Streams (Week of March 18)


IPPSR affiliate faculty member and MSU Economist Charles Ballard is quoted in a Michigan Advance article on road funding.

The Michigan Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System is problem-plagued, MPLP Alum and state Sen. Pete MacGregor said in a The Detroit News story.


MPLP Alumni and State Sen. Ken Horn sponsors legislation to decrease reliance on student test scores as the main component in teacher evaluations.

MPLP Alumni and state Sen. Jeremy Moss writes an opinion piece for The Detroit News discussing the importance of a FOIA package increasing transparency in government operations.

The Detroit News asks MPLP Alumni and state Rep. Donna Lasinski about the need for privacy of some information as proposed new legislation makes government operations more open.


Alex Castellanos and Patti Solis Doyle, featured speakers at the 2019 Michigan Political Leadership dinner and breakfast, swap thoughts on President Trump and his bid for re-election in 2020.

MPLP Alumni and State Rep. Donna Lasinski talks about the need for legislation repealing the ‘No Stricter Than Federal’ law designed to allow Michigan to raise drinking water standards beyond federal regulatory limits.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announces a first-of-its-kind effort to bring together local and national experts to form an Election Security Commission for ensuring the security of elections in Michigan. She is an MPLP alumni.