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The Economy, COVID Recovery and New Voting Districts

To mask or not to mask? That was one of the questions on this month's State of the State Podcast produced by Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Podcasters Dr. Matt Grossmann, IPPSR Director, and Arnold Weinfeld, Associate IPPSR Director, talked about relaxed pandemic restrictions, the value of the American Recovery Plan Act and infrastructure spending and the likelihood of a post-COVID "social" boom.

They welcomed guest Suann Hammersmith, executive director of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. She's leading the bipartisan commission to draw new voting maps based on the latest U.S. Census. Read more about that effort here.

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