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Michigan’s Legislators Reinventing State Policy During 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference

Funding was a hot topic on the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference stage this morning as the Michigan quadrant leaders addressed their positions on transportation and education funding in addition to Medicaid expansion and term limits. The leaders were an excellent example of the importance of political collaboration as their own positive personal relationships and mutual respect was on display.

The quadrant leaders – Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall); House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills); Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe); and Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) – joined moderator and host for News/Talk WJR 760 AM Paul W. Smith this morning to discuss current hot topics in Lansing.

The group, who showcased the heavy legislative involvement in the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, discussed the proposed state budget and the common core curriculum standards, which were heavily supported by Wednesday’s keynote speakers Gov. Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee.  The group acknowledged the need for increased collaboration within state government to see significant movement on all of these issues. This session was sponsored by DTE Energy.