Pure Michigan

Tourism officials across the state are raising concerns about the Governor’s decision to execute a line-item veto, nixing funding for the Pure Michigan advertising campaign.

At a press conference today Governor Whitmer defended the decision, saying the legislature forced her to make tough decisions. 

“I’m always going to put public safety… ahead of any ad campaign,” says Whitmer.


A spokesperson for the governor’s office says Whitmer supports Pure Michigan, but the budget Republicans sent her was “fatally flawed.”



Today on Stateside, an update on the partnership agreements school districts signed with the state to avoid school closures in 2017. Plus, we talk to our Friday political commentators about the recent indictment of state Representative Larry Inman (R-Traverse City), and the effect of “dark money” on the public's trust in government.


Calling all outdoor adventurers: come to the Midwest

Jul 27, 2016
Travel Marquette

Hunting and fishing have been on a slow decline in Michigan for years. They’re being replaced by other outdoor activities, like paddle-boarding and mountain biking.

Some states, like Colorado and Utah, are actively marketing outdoor adventure to younger people, hoping to lure them to visit – or even possibly stay.

But in Michigan, it’s a mixed bag. A few cities, like Marquette, are trying to aggressively boost their reputation as a destination for outdoor adventure.

The Next Idea

In 2009, the headline of a Time magazine cover story read “The Tragedy of Detroit” with a shadowy photo of a blighted factory in the background. The national press was brutal.

According to Randy Olson, 2,098 miles and 43 stops is the perfect road trip around Michigan.

Olson – who’s about to graduate from Michigan State University with a doctorate in computer science – used his computer magic to create what he calls, “Pure Michigan Road Trip, Optimized.”

Lampooning Michigan

Mar 8, 2012

John Kerfoot says his parents aren't exactly proud, but he's the man behind Not So Pure Michigan. His parody of the popular state promotion campaign, Pure Michigan, has attracted millions of viewers online. He joins us this week to talk about lampooning the Great Lakes State. Points North is at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Friday on IPR News Radio.