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Signed legislation allowing testing of automated motor vehicles on Michigan roadways has created a buzz of activity among manufacturers, technology geeks, community planners, transportation professionals and others. Driverless cars are expected on the sales lot in the next five years or so. As this innovation unfolds, what are policy makers, community planners and economy watch dogs to consider while thinking through secure infrastructure as well as a policy framework to support this innovation? What measures are being taken to accommodate this environmental change and cultural shift in our state? The February 15 forum will present where Michigan stands in self-driving technologies and regulation for autonomous vehicles while creating a vision of Michigan’s future with both driver and driverless autos on our roads.
- Ford Motor Company
- MI Council on Future Mobility
- MSU Computer and Engineering Science, CANVAS
- Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA)
Having opened for registration in April 2014, our state’s Healthy Michigan plan or Medicaid expansion plan has served as a model of innovation in health care coverage for income-disadvantaged residents. Moving into its third year of operation, nearly 618,000 low-income Michiganians, including children, elderly, and the disabled have enrolled in Healthy Michigan. Partly supported by the Affordable Care Act -- better known as Obamacare -- continuation of the plan is in question. A new federal administration insists repeal of the American Care Act as the first action of 2017 to be taken in our nation’s capital. This forum will look to a panel of individuals with diverse expertise in health policy to provide insight into possible scenarios for Healthy Michigan’s future.
Speakers and Panelist Info:
- Larry Martin, Professor of Economics, College of Social Science, Michigan State University
- Steve Fitton, Principal, Health Management Associates and former State Medicaid Director
- Amy Zaagman, Executive Director, Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health
- Tim Michling, Research Associate, Citizens Research Council of Michigan
- Part 1: Intro
- Part 2 Steve Fitton
- Part 3: Larry Martin
- Part 4: Amy Caagman
- Part 5: Timothy Michling
- Part 6: Q&A
- Part 7: Closing with Steve Fitton
- See Larry Martin's Presentation (.pdf)
- See Tim Michling's Presentation (.pdf)
- Additional Web Resources from Amy Zaagman (.pdf)
Emergency Manager Reform in Michigan
When cities or school districts fall into fiscal distress, unable to pay bills nor salaries, an Emergency Manager may be assigned by the residing Governor. The role of the Emergency Manager has evolved since it was established through Public Act 101 in 1988. Its goal, however, has remained the same: to assume control, assess and manage financial responsibilities, and bring local governments back in balance before returning them to local control.
In 2011, seven Emergency Managers were active in Michigan. Today, three school districts, but no municipalities, are under Emergency Manager control, presenting for some an image of success. Yet, across the country, there has been mixed review of the effectiveness of Emergency Managers.
This forum, cosponsored by the Center for Local Government Finance and Policy | MSU Extension, will present information on the current role of Michigan’s Emergency Managers and their impact and review what research and experience suggest regarding potential reforms.
Speaker and Panelist Info
- Eric Scorsone, director for MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy, and professor of economics in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
- Tony Saunders, former emergency manager for Benton Harbor, now Chief Financial Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer for Wayne County, MI
- Peter Hammer, director for Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and Professor of Law, Wayne State University
- Craig Thiel, senior research associate for Citizens Research Council of Michigan
Access to Mental Health Care
The question of adequate access to mental health care across the country often follows today’s headlines speaking of random acts of gun violence, underserved military veterans, and cases of drug addiction. The issue has been paired with conversation at the state level for how best to fund mental health care so that treatment is readily available and afforded by those who seek help or have families who are looking for support. Mental health services have become a mainstay topic for well-being and safety in our communities.
The September 7 policy forum is focused on Michigan citizens’ access to mental health services and possible models for ensuring those in need are readily and properly served. It is cosponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and the Sparrow/MSU Center for Research and Innovation.
Speaker and Panelist Info:
- Sheryl Kubiak, professor of social work, Michigan State University - Presentation Here (.pdf)
- Tom Watkins, president and chief executive officer at Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
- Adrian Blow, associate professor of human development and family studies, Michigan State University
- Joseph J. Ruth, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sparrow Health System, will deliver opening remarks.
- Community Mental Health non-Medicaid Services Funding Adjustments Steve Angelotti, Associate Director
- Michigan Medicaid Program - Stakeholder 298 Workgroup (.pdf)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (.pdf)
- Michigan Community Mental Health System and Behavioral Health Prevalence - Stakeholder 298 Workgroup (.pdf)
- Health Status and Co-Occurring Conditions - Stakeholder 298 Workgroup (.pdf)
- Corrections Mental Health - Stakeholder 298 Workgroup (.pdf)
- IPPSR Mental Health Forum Bibliography (.pdf)
Renewable Energy Economy: Michigan's Mixed Energy Use Plan
Michigan’s Governor challenged the State’s energy providers in March 2015 by calling for 40 percent of the state’s power to come from a combination of renewable energy and energy waste reduction. More natural gas use alongside an increase in renewable energy sources is envisioned for Michigan’s energy future. Additionally, there has been much discussion on how these energy goals might be accomplished with emphasis on related technology innovation and economic opportunities. The May 18 forum will consider how emerging technologies, pricing of various fuel sources and new and developing policies are changing the infrastructure and landscape Michigan’s energy supply.
Forum Speakers include Ann Erhardt, Michigan State University's Director of Sustainability. MSU has made significant strides in transitioning its energy use practices and is set on becoming a model of energy efficiency. Also joining the forum is Robert Jackson, Director of the Regional and National Response Division for the Michigan Agency for Energy. Mr. Jackson oversees the State Energy Program and is directly responsible for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program, the Industrial E2 Program, and Technology Demonstration. As a once-visiting researcher at the Energy Institute at Haas at UC Berkeley, a previous staff economist with the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and as a former research assistant at Resources for the Future, Soren Anderson will provide an economic perspective. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at MSU.
Speaker and Panelist Info
- Soren Anderson, Associate Professors of Economics, Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics at MSU
- Ann Erhardt, Michigan State University Director of Sustainability
- Robert Jackson, Director of Regional and National Response Division for Michigan Agency for Energy
- Donald Morelli, Professor and Interim Chairperson, College of Engineering
- See Soren Anderson's Presentation (.pdf)
- See Ann Erhardt's Presentation (.pdf)
- See Donald Morelli's Presentation (.pdf)
Gordie Howe International Bridge: Planning for Neighboring Bridge Communities
The binational agreements are signed and construction on the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), the Gordie Howe International Bridge, is foreseeable. The bridge spans across the Detroit River to connect the cities of Detroit and Windsor – the United States and Canada. This forum will report on research related to the regional impact of the new bridge and policy considerations for a 2020 completion. Less obvious considerations for a unique and sizeable construction like the bridge will be explored and include housing and services for temporary workers, fluctuations in business activity, and trade and industry flow.
Speakers and Panelist Info
- Andrew S. Doctoroff Special Projects Advisor, Office of Governor Rick Snyder
- Bill Anderson, Ph.D., Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy and Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor.
- Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, Michigan State University
- Roger Hamlin, Ph.D. Professor of Urban Planning and Public Administration, Michigan State University
- Matt Grossmann, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), Associate Professor of Political Science
- AnnMarie Schneider, M.S., Director for Program Planning & Policy Education, IPPSR
- See Bill Anderson's presentation (.pdf)
- See Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani's presentation (.pdf)
- Canada United States Law Journal Vol 37. Issue 1 Spring 2012 - referenced by Roger Hamlin
Flint Water System: State and Local Responsibilities
Cosponsored by Michigan State University’s Institute for Public and Policy and Social Research & Institute for Public Utilities
A decision to temporarily move the city of Flint’s water supply from the City of Detroit to the Flint River led to unsafe levels of lead in Flint’s water supply. The decision was financially based as a temporary solution while a pipeline to Lake Huron was under construction. While the city’s water supply was redirected to the City of Detroit once high levels of lead contamination drew a public outcry, a call for new protocol in the decision process in similar situations was called for. This forum will look at developments since the Flint Water situation and the impact it is having in our communities.
- Josh Sapotichne, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Topic: State vs Local Control of Municipalities. A Mott Foundation funded study on the role of state government in Flint management will serve as the basis of his presentation. More information...
- Janice Beecher, Professor and Director, MSU Institute for Public Utilities
Topic: A Comprehensive and Integrative Approach to Infrastructure Planning. Leveraging resources and improving infrastructure management and regulation.
- Mona Hanna-Attisha, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Human Development, MSU College of Human Medicine; Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Medical Center
Topic: New Collaborative Pediatric Health Initiative. Methods for improving health outcomes for children exposed to high lead levels. More information...
- See Josh Sapotichne's presentation (.pdf)
- See Janice Beecher's presentation (.pdf)
- See Mona Hanna-Attisha's presentation (.pdf)
Detroit Public Schools: Quality, Accountability, and Governance
Co-sponsored by Michigan State University’s Institute for Public and Policy and Social Research & College of Education at Michigan State University
This forum provides policymakers with insights on how research can be used to help urban schools succeed. Current research activity, both domestic and international, helps us to understand what is needed to help principals successfully lead, teachers to effectively teach, and students to highly achieve. Specifically, panelists will explore options grounded in research for empowering Detroit public schools as well as all urban schools to demonstrate how Michigan may serve as a national model for urban education.
- Kristi Bowman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, Michigan State University
Dan Varner, Chief Executive Officer, Excellent Schools Detroit
Gary Naeyaert, Executive Director, of Great Lakes Education Project
Sarah Reckhow, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University
- See Kristi Bowman's presentation (.pdf)
- See Dan Varner's presentation (.pdf)
- See Gary Naeyaert's presentation (.pdf)
- See Sarah Reckhow's presentation (.pdf)
Thank you to Digital Spectrum Enterprises (DSE TV 96) in West Michigan for providing this filmed version of the IPPSR Forum Discussion on Detroit Public Schools.
See pictures from the Jan 20th, 2016 forum here
Jan 2016 Forum Panelist Publications Blogs Etc
Proposal I in Review: Roads for a Better Tomorrow or Tomorrow for Better Roads?
The final forum for the 2015 IPPSR Spring Series will bring together a panel to reflect on the process leading up to the May 5 vote on Proposal I and the outcome of the ballot voting results. The proposal is formally noted as the Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, Proposal 1. It is less formally noted as the “Road Ballot.” Simply put, the Road Ballot is intended to change the way transportation infrastructure is funded in Michigan. Instead of taking a percentage of the fuel purchase tax and a percentage of the annual vehicle registration fee to pay for our transportation grid, taxes paid at the fuel pump – aside from a federal tax - would go directly to supporting transportation infrastructure needs and maintenance. This would impact how those tax percentages are currently divided up among local governments, public education and the State’s general Fund. For the exact language of the ballot, see the Michigan Secretary of State website.
- Roger Martin will join us for a debriefing of the campaign. Mr. Martin has 30 years of award-winning news media, public relations and marketing experience. He is the recipient for top regional and national awards — including the PR industry’s coveted Silver Anvil and multiple “Best of Shows” — for writing, research, and campaign planning and execution. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he taught journalism for about a decade. While a reporter and bureau chief at The Detroit News, he won three Pulitzer Prize nominations. Mr. Martin specializes in issue management, media relations, crisis communications and community relations. He has provided winning counseling and services to corporations of all sizes, trade associations, coalitions and individuals.
- Gilda Jacobs has supported Proposal I as director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. She will discuss the vote outcome and options for moving forward. Ms. Jacobs became League President & CEO on Jan. 3, 2011, following eight years as a state senator and four years as a state representative from Huntington Woods. As senator, Ms. Jacobs was the vice chair of Campaign & Election Oversight; Families & Human Services, and Finance and also served on Economic Development & Regulatory Reform; and Health Policy. Prior to serving in the Legislature, she served as an Oakland County Commissioner, and before that, a city commissioner. She had previously served as Development Director for JARC, a Jewish association providing residential care for persons with disabilities, and earlier as a special education teacher. Ms. Jacobs received her bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in behavioral sciences in education.
- Randall Thompson has served as the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals, the lead opposition to Proposal 1 initiated by businessman Paul Mitchell, Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition of Michigan. Mr. Thompson will reflect on the voters’ response, the campaign path and next steps. He previously served as Chief of Staff in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Michigan House of Representatives. Additionally, he served as Director of Communications and Spokesman in the U.S. Congress and to both the Secretary of State and Attorney General of the State of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Detroit-Mercy studying under Professor Harry Veryser concentrating on Austrian Economics.
- Craig Thiel is a Senior Research Associate with the Citizens Research Council, an observer of Proposal 1, who will offer an explanation of action to follow the voting results. Mr. Thiel joined CRC in 2006 and currently serves as a Senior Research Associate assigned to education matters. Before coming to CRC, He worked for the Senate Fiscal Agency for six years and for the House Fiscal Agency for three years. Previous to his time with the Michigan Legislature, Mr. Thiel held positions with the Michigan Department of State, Office of Policy and Planning from 1995 to 1997 and the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, Illinois from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Thiel holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University. He holds positions on various professional, nonprofit, and local government boards/associations.
The Gray between Mental Health and Crime
We see it in the headlines nearly every week. There is a hard-to-define space that often links a person's mental health status with a committed crime. How does Michigan handle such cases? What kinds of diversion programs does the State offer to keep mentally ill citizens out of the criminal justice system? What role do mental health courts play in Michigan crime convictions and sentencing? What has been the impact over the last decade? How do other states manage the question of one's mental health when a crime is committed? What are the models for best practice when an accused person's mental health is questioned? During April's forum, we check in with mental health and criminal justice experts to address these questions.
- Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, Professor in the College of Social Science, Department of Social Work, at Michigan State University. Her interests are at the intersections of criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse. She has been a consultant for federal, state and local entities interested in improving service delivery for those with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. Her priority has been to get individuals with serious mental illness diverted from jail/prison whenever possible. She will talk about mental health screening in jails; mental health courts statewide, and; diversion programs. See the presentation (.pdf)
- Lois DeMott, a long-time advocate for mentally ill who have wound up in the Criminal Justice System, began her work through a personal journey involving her mentally ill 15 year old son’s incarceration in the adult system. Lois co-founded Citizens for Prison Reform in 2011, a statewide family-led organization. She shed light on the need for reforms in an article published by the Detroit Free Press and then an NBC Documentary in 2012 with Ted Koppel on Juveniles in Isolation across the Nation. She worked for the Association for Children’s Mental Health until awarded a May 2014 Soros Justice Fellowship for developing The Family Participation Program (FPP). See the presentation (.pdf)
- Candyce Shields is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While psychological assessment is her key area of concentration, Dr. Shields serves as the center’s assistant director and heads evaluation services, a role she has been in for six years. She previously worked as the director of the Work Therapy Program in Ann Arbor’s VA Medical Center, and prior to that, as a psychologist in the Wyoming State Hospital. Her education includes time at Western Michigan University, Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina, and then, her doctorate degree from the University of Louisville.
Michigan's Connection to Asia
Michigan is in competition for Asian markets’ direct investment. Our State is calling Asia's attention to Michigan’s automobile exports, agricultural products, and technology innovation, in particular, as well as our natural resources tourism.
Governor Snyder’s fourth trade mission to Asia in Fall 2014 included the signing of a formal agreement between the State of Michigan and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Cooperation (SAIC). SAIC’s US subsidiary announced Madison Heights, Michigan as home to its new $15 million headquarters. The new digs will add onto about 1,100 jobs currently provided in the State by SAIC, China’s largest original equipment manufacturer. Agreements like this are attracting other foreign investors who recognize Michigan as a win-win opportunity.
The March forum will look at the State of Michigan’s business interest in Asia and the impact of a reciprocal interest. It will examine the geographic and political factors influencing our work relationship. Finally, the forum discussion will address the interchange of work culture and education systems.
Specific questions include: What is the outcome of our product and labor exchange with Asian markets? How does Asia's work culture impact our State? How will ties to Asia effect Michigan’s future? Given this deepening connection, are there policy implications to be considered by State legislators?
The Michigan Perspective - State Priorities for 2015
Please join us for a discussion of top agenda items for Michigan in 2015. With new policymakers taking seats in both the House and Senate, what will be the approach to raising employment in long-term jobs, enhancing Michigan cities as national and international attractions, increasing rural economic development opportunities, and further developing Michigan’s assets, including the Great Lakes and an international border? In this January forum, the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) will set focus on "Job One" and priority pieces of the State’s strategy intended to make 2015 a successful lead into Michigan's future.
- Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics and Director of MSU State of the State Survey, Michigan State University. See the presentation (.pdf)
- Douglas Smith, Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Government Affairs, Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
- Richard Studley, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
- Paul M. Hunt, Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Michigan State University.
Children of a Hidden Economy: Racial Disparities in Michigans Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems
Troubling new data suggest that racial inequities exist throughout the various stages of Michigan’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The finding that children of color are far more likely than white children to enter and languish in the foster care system is recognized as a critical piece of the hidden economy. These inequities can significantly drain our resources, lead to greater homelessness, unemployment and incarceration and deny young people the promise of a healthy childhood.
This Forum closes out the 2014 IPPSR Forum Series with a discussion of policy implications of a recently completed statewide study of Michigan’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
The May Forum is cosponsored by and hosts leaders of the Michigan Coalition for Race Equity with support from Casey Family Programs. Coalition Co-chairs Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly and policy advocate former Rep. Lynn Jondahl will introduce the newly completed statewide study and its findings.
The report of the recommendations for policy makers to follow – and for citizens to support – to create a more color-blind and effective system of child welfare and juvenile justice will come before a panel discussion of next steps moving forward. The panel will discuss highlights of the data findings and how they compare with the national perspective. The coalition's recommendations as well as the experience of a pilot project now underway will open the dialogue with audience members.
- Mary Beth Kelly, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, chair of numerous statewide committees, primarily focused on child welfare and family matters and winner of numerous awards for her work on child welfare issues. Justice Kelly’s presentation: Michigan Race Equity Coalition
- Former Rep. Lynn Jondahl, whose continuing policy advocacy resonates across social and family issues, responsive taxation and governance, and sustaining environmental and consumer protection measures.
- Ann Marie Schneider, Director, Program Planning and Development, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. She leads IPPSR’s program planning and development division and advises the Institute’s communications and marketing strategies.
- Michael Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Orchards Children’s Services.
- Esther Onaga, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University.
- Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Director of Kids Count in Michigan and Senior Planning/Research Associate for the Michigan League for Public Policy. Jane Zehner-Merrell's presentation: Summary of Key Data Findings from Michigan Race Equity Coalition
- Michael McMillan, Circuit Court Administrator of the Saginaw County Court.
Additional Child Welfare Resources
- Key Findings and Recommendations of the Michigan Race Equity Coalition
- More Information about the Michigan Race Equity Coalition
Opening Michigan's Doors to Immigrants
The university often extends the first welcome to visitors from outside the United States. Visitors come as research scientists, scholars, students, and young professionals wishing to work or study on Michigan’s campuses. Both the State Capitol and the private sector have recently taken an assertive role in retaining and further recruiting this audience. They are inviting visitors to stay in Michigan as employees and employers focused on areas of much-needed talent and expertise. As our universities build world acclaim and as Michigan opens its doors to global business opportunities, more visitors are envisioning making Michigan home for their family and for their business center.
IPPSR’s April Forum will look to a panel with deep knowledge and experience in opening doors to Michigan’s next generation of global leaders. Why has Michigan set a commitment to opening doors to immigrants? What are the real challenges for doing so? What is the perspective of other regions on state immigration? Are there best practices noted for universities, private sector recruiters and policy makers for working together to grow population and diversify the talent base? How might our state become more inclusive toward new immigrants once they are here? How can we assure that immigration in Michigan does not become migration to regions outside of the Great Lakes?
Peter Briggs, Director, MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. Briggs has more than 30 years experience in services to international students and scholars.
Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit. Tobocman has spent the past three years spearheading a regional economic revitalization strategy focused on immigration and global connections.
Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director, Michigan Office for New Americans. Phillippi has worked in immigration law for more than 20 years.
Ann Marie Schneider, Director, Program Planning and Development, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. She leads IPPSR’s program planning and development division and advises the Institute’s communications and marketing strategies.
About Forum Speakers
Forum Video Presentation
Additional resources on immigration and economic vitality
Cultivating Michigan's Innovation Culture
At the March Forum, we’ll examine Michigan's culture of innovation. How recognizable is Michigan's culture of innovation? How might we better cultivate innovation in our state? What have others done to build their communities as a hub for new ideas and generate innovation? What are the gains of an innovation culture to the region? What policy considerations are there for building a place where people are encouraged and supported to innovate? IPPSR will bring the innovator's story to the audience to demonstrate how innovation, research and policy might synergize to build the job economy, while addressing practical problems.
- Brian Abraham, Executive Director, Spartan Innovations
- Paul Krutko, President and CEO of SPARK, a business incubator.
- Bob Trezise, President and CEO of Lansing Economic Area Partnership Inc.
About Forum Speakers
What Do State Demographics Say about Michigan's JOB ONE in 2014?
As we move into the new year, everyone agrees that Michigan is at an important crossroad. Projections for the State's future tend to vary by source.
The January forum will clarify the current course of the Great Lakes state by focusing on its demographics. What do demographics tell us about the direction of Michigan's population, its education, employment, and business climate? What is the call to action for Michigan residents and leaders? The forum will provide demographic information to consider when prioritizing Michigan's agenda in the new year and beyond. In this year-opening Forum, one of Michigan’s leading demographic authorities will share the state’s latest demographic description and point to the themes suggested within these numbers. One of Michigan’s leading economists will remark on the state’s demographic profile and economic indicators. The Forum discussion will focus on critical themes, possible turning points, key policy considerations and will invite audience participation.
- Kenneth Darga, former Michigan demographer.
Darga Presentation: Michigan Youth, Urban Centers and Opportunity (.pdf)
- Charles Ballard, Michigan State University professor of economics, Department of Economics within MSU’s College of Social Science. He is also director of the MSU State of the State Survey at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.
Ballard Presentation: Where There Is Economic Opportunity, People Will Follow (.pdf)