Stateside

Monday-Thursday, 3pm on IPR News
  • Hosted by Cynthia Canty

Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues — as well as culture and lifestyle stories. The show is a production of our partner Michigan Radio. It focuses on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.

In the weeks after the Detroit’s mayoral election, a top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder recently quipped that “adults” are now running Detroit’s city hall.

Does that point to a better working relationship between the governor, Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and the city’s Mayor-elect Mike Duggan?

Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes is taking a look at the relations between Detroit’s leadership and the governor’s office.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Ever since Detroit’s became the biggest in American history to seek bankruptcy protection, the term “death spiral” has been in the spotlight.

The spiral often begins with promises made to municipal workers. Pensions and health coverage are becoming too much for many cities and states to bear. But the law tells mayors and governors that those pension plans need to remain intact.

As pension costs mount, they try raising taxes, or turning to the municipal bond market. And when those doors are slammed shut, what happens? Essential services get cut, pink slips start flying, and businesses and homeowners get out of town, leaving behind a smaller and poorer population even less able to cover a city’s soaring costs.

Detroit sure has seen its share of challenges in the past

4o years, but all through that time the city has been home to one of the most vibrant regional opera companies in the nation: The Michigan Opera Theatre.

The founder of the MOT is Dr. David DiChiera.

He’s recently been named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist. That prize is the Kresge Foundation’s annual lifetime achievement award in the Arts.

It’s been called the most prestigious local prize in the field of culture. David, We welcomed David to the program today.

*Listen to the audio above.

Any day now, there will be a decision from Judge Steven Rhodes on whether to authorize Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and everyone paying attention to this historic ruling is wondering how he will rule.

But, here’s another question: What will it take to keep other cities and towns across Michigan safe from municipal bankruptcy? Later in the program we’ll talk with an expert who believe he has a solution.

Then, after 40 years, when many other cultural institutions shut their doors, the Michigan Opera Theatre remains one of the most vibrant regional opera companies in the nation.

We spoke with the Theatre's founder about the challenges that lie ahead. 

First on the show, whatever your political or social views about the Affordable Care Act, these things are true: It is here. There are people who have no health insurance who need it, and the rollout has been, to put it kindly, a disaster.

With the terrible performance of the healthcare.gov website, and the natural confusion that comes with breaking new ground, it's small wonder that many people don't even know where to start with seeking coverage under the ACA.

Don Hazaert is the director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, one of four navigator agencies in our state for Obamacare. We spoke with him about how these navigators can help.

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