Policy – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sun, 25 Nov 2018 14:29:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 PODCAST: Dan Gilbert’s Point Man On Reforming Michigan’s No-Fault Auto Insurance http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/20/podcast-dan-gilberts-point-man-on-reforming-michigans-no-fault-auto-insurance/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/20/podcast-dan-gilberts-point-man-on-reforming-michigans-no-fault-auto-insurance/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 02:40:58 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43640

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Dan Gilbert made headlines this week when he issued an ultimatum to state lawmakers: Find a fix for Michigan’s broken no-fault auto insurance system by mid-2019 or I’ll bankroll an effort to put a proposal on the statewide ballot in 2020.

On today’s show, Jer interviews Jared Fleisher, vice president of government relations for the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, about why Gilbert and Quicken are jumping into the fray.

Fleisher, who is running point for Gilbert’s push to overhaul no-fault, says Quicken has 17,000 employees working in the city and has invested $3.5 billion to date in Detroit. He calls auto insurance reform “the single biggest but also most solvable barrier to the growth of the city.”

He also draws a comparison between Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system and the much-criticized Obamacare health overhaul. Fleisher says that while the Affordable Care Act requires people to buy insurance, it offers them a choice of benefit levels to pay for. Michigan’s auto insurance law similarly requires that every driver be covered, but it essentially forces everyone to buy the top-tier “platinum” level of benefits.

We spoke last month on the pod with attorney Steve Gursten, the head of Michigan Auto Law, all about Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s recent federal lawsuit accusing it of being unconstitutional. Gursten argues that Duggan’s suit has a real chance of prevailing, but he says it’s tough to know how to fix the law without more transparency into insurance company practices.

Many previous efforts to reform Michigan’s no-fault system have run into a brick wall, but now it seems no-fault may be on a collision course with the forces of change.

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LISTEN: A Primer On Gerrymandering And Proposal 2 With Jamie Lyons-Eddy Of Voters Not Politicians http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/17/listen-a-primer-on-gerrymandering-and-proposal-2-with-jamie-lyons-eddy-of-voters-not-politicians/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/17/listen-a-primer-on-gerrymandering-and-proposal-2-with-jamie-lyons-eddy-of-voters-not-politicians/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:47:53 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42860

Voters on November 6 will be asked to decide the fate of Proposal 2, which takes aim at how legislative districts are drawn in Michigan.

It might sound like a wonky topic — and, well, it is. But gerrymandering is the name given to the practice as it’s practiced in Michigan, which is currently to give whichever party has majority rule in the state Legislature full rein to draw legislative districts. It’s become a fiercely contested, partisan practice that has major ramifications for our elections.

Sven recently spoke with Jamie Lyons-Eddy, the state field director for the group Voters Not Politicians. That’s the group backing Proposal 2. Listen to that conversation in the player above.  

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PODCAST: Tension in the Tigers booth, Greg Migliore of Autoblog talks cars and your Detroit news http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/07/podcast-tension-in-the-tigers-booth-greg-migliore-of-autoblog-talks-cars-and-your-detroit-news/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/07/podcast-tension-in-the-tigers-booth-greg-migliore-of-autoblog-talks-cars-and-your-detroit-news/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:18:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42776

This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 6, 2018.

Our feature conversation is with Greg Migliore of Autoblog, where we talk about Ford, Tesla, and what’s happening in the car business after our headlines.

– Tigers fans were surprised on Wednesday night to see neither Mario Impemba or Rod Allen calling the game against the Chicago White Sox. First-reported by the Athletic, the altercation between the two Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters happened immediately after the Tigers’ 8-3 win in Chicago against the White Sox on Tuesday. An unnamed source who witnessed it said the incident was, quote, “severe.”

– Straight-ticket voting is no longer a thing in Michigan — at least for this November’s election. That’s where you have the option to check one box and have all of your votes go to candidates of that party down the ballot.

– Bloomberg reports that Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is looking to exit the casino business… including his Jack Casino in Detroit. He’s already lined up two prominent banks – Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse – and Bloomberg says that Caesars Entertainment is among the possible bidders that have expressed interest in some of the properties. They recently completed a $1.7 billion deal in Indiana.

– Late-breaking news for fans of 1970s cinema: Legendary actor Burt Reynolds has died. He was 82.

– It’s going to be 90 days in jail for Former state senator Bert Johnson. U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman handed down the sentence Thursday for stealing more than $23,000 from taxpayers through a ghost employee. That’s where the employee gets paid for a job they don’t have to show up for.

– The popular Union Woodshop barbecue restaurant in Clarkston is getting an outdoor mural courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

– An Ann Arbor favorite, Frita Batidos, is coming to Detroit. The cuban restaurant will open a 2,400 square foot location on Columbia street just west of Woodward. The Detroit menu will be the same as its Ann Arbor location, but with a twist… an express menu for game days.

– The 3rd Annual City College Series to Benefit Detroit Public Schools K-5 is back. The University of Detroit Mercy men’s and women’s basketball team will host Wayne State in an exhibition charity game on November 3rd at Calihan Hall.

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PODCAST: Aretha Franklin gravely ill, Ossian Sweet House update with Karen Dybis & more http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/13/podcast-aretha-franklin-gravely-ill-ossian-sweet-house-update-with-karen-dybis-more/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/13/podcast-aretha-franklin-gravely-ill-ossian-sweet-house-update-with-karen-dybis-more/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:54:00 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42523

Here’s our show on August 13, 2018.

– The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is said to be “gravely ill.” That’s according to multiple reports and family friend Evrod Cassimy, a WDIV anchor and reporter.

– Legendary Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris had his number 47 retired over the weekend.

– The historic David Stott tower in Capitol Park will soon reopen as luxury housing and office space. According to the Freep, asking prices for the apartments could set a new record for price-per-square-foot in downtown Detroit.

– Karen Dybis (writer of these books) joins us on the show to share what’s happening to the historic Ossian Sweet House, and the story behind the important building.

– Sven was out of town last week, so we saved our discussion about the primary election and news of the week for when he came back from the woods.

– A legal analysis by Detroit’s Law Department says that City Council President Jones may be able to keep her local seat while serving for a time in the U.S. Congress.

– On the Detroit side of Mack between Outer Drive and Cadieux sits East English Village, a neighborhood built between the 1920s and 1950s. It’s a neighborhood that doesn’t always get much press attention. But maybe now it will.

– Sunoco stations across Detroit are being sued in Federal court. They’re accused of selling Viagra without a prescription as an “all-natural” male enhancement pill.

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PODCAST: L. Brooks letter, Brenda Jones to Congress (maybe), SMART may recount and what to do this weekend in Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/09/podcast-l-brooks-letter-brenda-jones-to-congress-maybe-smart-may-recount-and-what-to-do-this-weekend-in-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/09/podcast-l-brooks-letter-brenda-jones-to-congress-maybe-smart-may-recount-and-what-to-do-this-weekend-in-detroit/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 21:26:51 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42510

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for August 9, 2018. A bit shorter show today because of vacations.

  • Will she or won’t she? That’s the question facing Detroit city council president Brenda Jones who has the chance to be a U.S. Congressperson for a couple months.
  • Bus service in Macomb County may not be out of the woods yet. The narrow 23 vote victory – out of more than 150,000 votes cast – for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation will probably be recounted after it’s certified.
  • Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has sent off a letter that is terse, blunt and not a fan of Detroit’s quote comeback that’s a quote “Righteous Cause”. The letter claims that Detroit CEOs and business leaders are organizing to build up Detroit at the suburbs expense. We also have an op-ed.
  • It’s Thursday, so even though we’ll have a Friday show I wanted to go through our City 5 list of events happening this weekend around the city. This week we actually have a couple bonuses, and if you missed anything the list is up on DailyDetroit.com on our City 5.
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What Metro Detroit Leaders Don’t Want To Tell You Is Our Region Has Been Losing Since 1970. Let’s Change That. http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/05/metro-detroit-leaders-dont-want-tell-region-losing-since-1970-lets-change/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/05/metro-detroit-leaders-dont-want-tell-region-losing-since-1970-lets-change/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 19:47:38 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42310 The common story is that Detroit’s suburbs have done great while the city fell apart and just now is coming back. And a common storyline I’ve heard is that Detroit wants a “free ride” off of the successful suburbs.

Locally, people look at the city of Detroit’s decline as somehow separate from the suburbs. That after 1967 it all went to hell (although you should by know now that the city’s population peaked in 1950).

But what if I told you that the suburbs aren’t truly successful? That although the city of Detroit did decline, so did the entire region?

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Although it may have felt like success to many in suburbia, which has seen more development since 1970, in fact, the entire Detroit region hasn’t been keeping pace with the rest of the nation for nearly half a century. Turns out it’s not just Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan who’s dealing with a population decline.

The reality is, according to the U.S. Census, the entire Detroit region has lost people between 1970 and 2016.

In 1970, the Detroit region’s population was 4,490,902. In 2016, it was estimated at 4,313,002. That’s a net drop of 3.9 percent.

The entire region has seen a decline while the rest of the country’s population grew 57.6 percent. In 1970, there were about 205.1 million people in the United States. In 2016, 323.4 million.

If metro Detroit was just keeping pace with the growth the rest of the country saw, our region would now have about 7 million people.

There are many reasons for this, but people haven’t been choosing our region to live or invest in for a long time. We need to look in the mirror and ask why. I don’t think we have far to look for one of the causes.

Up at the Mackinac Policy Conference, I heard squawking that Detroit’s becoming too powerful. That we’re back to animosity across 8 Mile. I was reminded (and inspired to write this) by a recent blog post on New Geography.

That animosity reminded me that many elected leaders and some businessmen know the numbers that I write above is true. That people have been voting with the feet for decades, so leaders (and many residents) feel we have to play a zero-sum game. That we need to steal pie from our neighbors instead of making more pie for everyone.

And back to the old, divisive tactics folks went. The attitude of “I’m gonna get mine” instead of looking to see how they can build something bigger. 

I believe a strong city of Detroit also means a strong Detroit region. We should be about lifting each other up, pulling ourselves out of the hole we’re all in. This hole that stretches across decades, across city, county and party lines.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve been on a losing path for longer than I’ve been alive — with many more years of insanity ahead unless we realize where we really are and make changes in our hearts and minds — and demand those changes of those we put in charge.

Why do I bring this up? Not to bring you down, but to bring us to action.

After all, loving Detroit means more than buying the T-shirt. The “brand” of Detroit seems to mean to folks that you believe in the power of hard work and making something.

Everyone has their own opinion, but in my mind, you don’t deserve to wear “Detroit” on your chest unless you’re willing to do work and take action for your community to make it better.

Working together seems to be the best way to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. And if we’re going to work together, we need to demand that action of our leaders — and if they don’t do it, change our leaders.

One way to do this? We have a key set of elections coming up in cities, counties, the state legislature and yes, all the way up to the governor’s office. The registration deadline for the August primary election is July 9 — and there will be many more after that. It feels like a lot of folks on both sides are taking our votes for granted lately. Let’s make them earn it.

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PODCAST: The Suburban Case For Regional Transit With Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/21/podcast-suburban-case-regional-transit-andy-meisner-oakland-county-treasurer/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/21/podcast-suburban-case-regional-transit-andy-meisner-oakland-county-treasurer/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:03:27 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42201

For the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast, I sat down with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner.

We talked about the suburban case for regional transit, anxiety that some suburban leaders have of Detroit’s comeback, and attracting and keeping young talent in Metro Detroit. 

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PODCAST: Breaking Down The Michigan Governor’s Race With Jonathan Oosting (And A Few Words On Anthony Bourdain) http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/10/podcast-breaking-michigan-governors-race-jonathan-oosting-words-anthony-bourdain/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/10/podcast-breaking-michigan-governors-race-jonathan-oosting-words-anthony-bourdain/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:59:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42027

The candidates running for governor were out in full force at the Mackinac Policy Conference and for this edition of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour we caught up with Jonathan Oosting, political reporter from the Detroit News, about the race.

Then, Sven Gustafson and Jer Staes from Daily Detroit then broke it down from their perspective.

We also spent a few minutes in the beginning on the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain and what he meant to Detroit.

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FlashFoodBox Launches in Detroit, Marijuana Ordinance Proposed in Detroit, Como’s Bought & More News http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/07/flashfoodbox-launches-detroit-marijuana-ordinance-proposed-detroit-comos-bought-news/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/07/flashfoodbox-launches-detroit-marijuana-ordinance-proposed-detroit-comos-bought-news/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:29:02 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41996

You Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast (subscribe free here!) recorded on June 7, 2018.

– Members of Detroit City Council will debate a new proposal to regulate medical marijuana businesses in the city.

– The Republican-controlled state House and Senate have adopted a citizen petition to pull the prevailing wage law off the books.

– City councils in two of Oakland County’s largest cities, Troy and Novi, say voters should be allowed to decide the fate of a regional transit tax in November.

– It’s one of the Detroit area’s hottest and most closely watched pieces of real estate. And now, the former Como’s Restaurant at Woodward and Nine Mile in Ferndale has a new owner.

– Nearly $98 million in Federal money, pending congressional approval, will be coming to help fix Mound Road.

– Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will be in Detroit this weekend. He’s headlining the re-opening ceremony on Saturday for Wayfinding, a combination public art installation and skate park next to Campus Martius.

– Motor City Pride festival is this weekend.

– There’s a new delivery service called FlashFoodBox that’s opening up in Detroit as its first U.S. city. The company is looking to change the game, and get fresh food delivered to people, right to their door.

Jer caught up with their founder Josh Domingues at WeWork Thursday morning.

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NEWS BYTE PODCAST: Jason Hall Leaves Slow Roll, Shri Thanedar One On One & More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/31/news-byte-podcast-jason-hall-leaves-slow-roll-shri-thanedar-one-one/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/31/news-byte-podcast-jason-hall-leaves-slow-roll-shri-thanedar-one-one/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 23:13:36 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41937

From the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island at the Mackinac Policy Conference, this is your News Byte Podcast for May 31st, 2018.

-Employers band together for transit

-The one-time Purple Gang hangout, the Leland Hotel, will see new life as apartments

-The Detroit Zoo launches “Zoom to the Zoo” And two interviews… Jason Hall has left Slow Roll. He is one of the co-founders. He appears first on Daily Detroit to talk about his future projects.

And, a special one on one with Democratic candidate for Governor, Shri Thanedar.

Your hosts today are Jer Staes, Karen Dybis and Shianne Nocerini. Of course, if you like the show and haven’t already, be sure to leave a review in Apple Podcasts or tell a friend to subscribe for free.

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