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Linda Hoff
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:50am

So glad to have this report and hope that our State Legislators take it to heart. Citizens across Michigan want their voices to be heard and want special interests OUT of the sphere of influence.

Matt
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:38am

The problem I see with the basic assumption with this study is that is that it presupposes a great deal of public confidence in government being the primary solution to any and every problem faced by Michigan citizens. Some, roads for instance, I can buy, others... schools , not so much. An interesting addition would be be, Do you believe that government action is the key to to solving the subject problem? Then the responses might be more interesting.

Bernadette
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:56pm

This quote from the report sums up the problem.
"The risks of thinking and acting only in accordance with party lines and election cycles are too great. Michigan residents want, and deserve, a government that makes decisions that face our state’s problems head-on, in a nonpartisan way, with innovation and an eye to a more prosperous future."
All state government reps, senators and Governor over the past few decades have either represented the democrats or the republicans. I think we have lost a caliber of politicians who can really think versus those that only repeat the party line. 21 st. century skills include collaboration and dialogue. The other problem is "big money" in politics. The politicians no longer work for their constituency, but for whatever special interest gives to their campaign.

Michigan ranks at the bottom of all other states in quality of life issues. Is that what we want for our children and grandchildren?