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Mid-Term Election, Abortion Question, Self-Driving Transportation


MSU's campus is positioned as an ideal spot for the university's new electric, autonomous bus. It debuted this November and should be on its seven-mile route during the 2021 school year. That's the word from IPPSR's latest State of the State Podcast hosted by Associate Director Arnold Weinfeld with Director Dr. Matt Grossmann, economist Dr. Charles Ballard and Dr. Peter Savolainen, MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Savolainen is a campus and national leader in sociomobility and the fundamental nature of road user behavior. He's leading the campus effort to research and apply these learnings on the road, in the classroom and in industry.

Beyond the future of transportation, the podcasters debate the prospects for new gun laws in the wake of heartrending school shootings, new laws in Michigan in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on abortion and how the economy will survive in the wake of COVID-19, high quit rates, and popular tax incentives to attract job-bearing new businesses to the state.

We want to always say that this production is featured on WKAR Radio along with radio stations on the air and over the internet, on SoundCloud and ITunes. On the MSU campus, IPPSR specializes in policy education, leadership training and survey research in MSU's College of Social Science. You'll also find this edition of the State of the State Podcast on MSU Today with Russ White. IPPSR is the home of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the Office for Survey Research, State of the State Survey, Legislative Leadership Program, Rosenthal Legislative Internship Program, more than 60 affiliate faculty members, student policy fellows and major research databases on topics of interest to academic researchers, legislators, policy makers, elected leaders and journalists around the world. IPPSR thanks MSU's University Communications, Producer Russ White of MSU Advancement Marketing and Communications, and all those who support the efforts necessary to make this production possible.