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Renewing Economy, Voting Districts and Local Government Finances

IPPSR State of the State Podcasters forecast good news ahead for the state's recovering economy, redistricting progress and improving fortunes for local governments expected to share in $4.4 billion federal stimulus aid.

IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann offers insights into the work of Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. MSU Economics Professor Charles Ballard forecasts an improving economy. IPPSR Associate Director Arnold Weinfeld and special guest Mary Schulz review the federal stimulus package predicted to support some 43,000 Michigan jobs with annual labor earnings of nearly $3.6 million and increased gross state product by $6.7 billion. Schulz is Associate Director of MSU Extension's Center for Local Government Finance and Policy.

See the Center's new report on the stimulus package's projected effects on Michigan communities.

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