44 episodes

Each month on the State of the State Podcast, professors Charles Ballard, Associate IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld and Director Matt Grossmann aim for a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events. They’ll run down three or four hot topics, pointing to research on each policy issue. In the first edition, they cover income tax cuts, Detroit’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, and the proposal for a part-time legislature. This podcast comes to you from the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, where the focus is policy, leadership and research in MSU's College of Social Science.

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Each month on the State of the State Podcast, professors Charles Ballard, Associate IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld and Director Matt Grossmann aim for a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events. They’ll run down three or four hot topics, pointing to research on each policy issue. In the first edition, they cover income tax cuts, Detroit’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, and the proposal for a part-time legislature. This podcast comes to you from the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, where the focus is policy, leadership and research in MSU's College of Social Science.

    Limits: Ballot, Economy, Terms in Office

    Limits: Ballot, Economy, Terms in Office

    Challenges are underway on declared candidates for Michigan's gubernatorial race. Michigan's governor and Legislature are debating how to budget $5 billion in revenues and a new ballot proposal makes changes to Michigan's toughest-in-the-nation term limits. This State of the State Podcast features host Arnold Weinfeld, associate director of Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, MSU Economist Charles Ballard and guest Rich Studley. Studley is retired Michigan Chamber of Commerce CEO and now a leader of a bipartisan effort to update term limits and to call for the state's first constitutionally mandated legislative financial disclosure.

    • 29 min
    Politics. Inflation. Trust?

    Politics. Inflation. Trust?

    From a policy perspective, who do we trust and why? When we think about COVID, in the U.S. and Great Britain, among those we trust, doctors, scientists and media were at the top of our lists of the most trusted sources of information. But why would we trust those sources the most? Michigan State University assistant professor Dr. Joseph Hamm, of the university's School of Criminal Justice explores key insights from his research rooted in extensive focus group conversations and national surveys in two countries. He shares new transatlantic research results -- published by the British Academy -- with podcasters Dr. Matt Grossmann, Arnold Weinfeld and Dr. Charles Ballard from MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Find the research report at https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/news/the-british-academy-publishes-studies-examining-covid-vaccine-engagement-in-uk-and-usa/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=announcement

    • 31 min
    Refugees. Economy. Redistricting.

    Refugees. Economy. Redistricting.

    Michigan is a welcoming state where the state's refugee resettlement leaders work with local government and nonprofit agencies to integrate newly arriving families and individuals. The March 2022 edition of Michigan State University's State of the State Podcast is produced by MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). It welcomes regulars -- Host Arnold Weinfeld, associate IPPSR director. IPPSR Director Dr. Matt Grossmann and MSU Economist Charles Ballard. The edition's guest is Ben Cabanaw, Michigan state refugee coordinator working in the state's Office of Global Michigan in the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). He's helping to coordinate the state's resettlement of refugees from around the world, most recently from Afghanistan and Ukraine.

    • 31 min
    Ukraine. Bread. Votes.

    Ukraine. Bread. Votes.

    All eyes will stay on Russia, Ukraine, inflation and November’s mid-term elections, Michigan State University’s IPPSR podcasters are forecasting, with new State of the State results showing that Michigan has soured on the economy and President Joe Biden.
    Uncertainty sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has already pushed up the price of gasoline.
    Russia and Ukraine are major wheat and corn growers, and their conflict will raise prices at the grocery stores, projects Charles Ballard, MSU economist and a member of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) podcast team.
    He joined IPPSR Director Dr. Matt Grossmann and host Associate IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld in the monthly broadcast produced by IPPSR and WKAR, MSU's public media.
    With war-strangled supply disruptions and shortages, along with rising demand powered by economic stimulus checks, extra unemployment benefits, consumers are likely to find goods and services in short supply or delayed, Ballard said.
    Podcasts also cast their eyes on inflation, it's effect on national and statewide election races, tax cuts and Michigan's latest outlook measured in the State of the State Survey. They're sour on the economy, their own pocketbook, that of their community and that of Biden and his Build Back Better infrastructure initiative when it's associated with his name. They do like the initiative's components and remain positive about Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as she seeks re-election in November 2022.

    • 30 min
    Taxes! Taxes! Fundraising! Spending?

    Taxes! Taxes! Fundraising! Spending?

    Tax cut fever is raging around the country as inflation rises and mid-term election strategies are heating up.
    In the first State of the State Podcast of 2022, podcasters from Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research talk taxes, the economy, the elections near term, mid-term and long-term.
    What to watch for in the near term:
    • Surveys showing Michigan citizens and policy insiders believe that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should win re-election. But beware, the out of power party typically emerges as a winner in mid-term elections.
    • New General Motors Corp. investments in Michigan, the choice between short-term tax cuts and investment in long-term state needs, long-term concerns about the viral pandemic COVID-19.
    • Calls for greater transparency in Michigan campaign finance reporting requirements.
    On the show: Host Arnold Weinfeld, associate director of Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research; IPPSR Director Dr. Matt Grossmann; Emeritus Economist Dr. Charles Ballard and guest Simon Schuster, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

    • 31 min
    Guns, Jobs and Self-Driving Vehicles

    Guns, Jobs and Self-Driving Vehicles

    As 2021 comes to a close, the IPPSR State of the State Podcasters ask whether tragic shootings of schoolchildren will lead to new gun laws and how abortion questions before the U.S. Supreme Court will play out in Michigan and the country. How do these issues mesh with COVID-19 variants, inflation, the job market, labor market and the economy overall? They're joined by MSU Foundation Professor Peter Savrolainen, a sociomobility leader, who describes MSU's campus as an ideal location to test autonomous buses like the one rolled out this past November. It should be on the road in 2022. See: https://mobility.msu.edu/

    • 30 min

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