Policy – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:43:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 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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LISTEN: Democrat Shri Thanedar On His Proposals For Michigan, Answers Questions About Research Animals http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/31/listen-democrat-shri-thanedar-proposals/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/31/listen-democrat-shri-thanedar-proposals/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 20:35:38 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41931

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar stopped by the Daily Detroit table during the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about his campaign, his progressive views and respond to allegations that he left hundreds of research animals to die after his pharmaceutical company went bust in 2010.

Thanedar has become arguably the most colorful character on either side of the political aisle in the race for governor this year. He’s an immigrant from India who came to the United States 39 years ago, earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Akron and formed a career as an entrepreneur.

The Ann Arbor businessman recently filed his 2015 and 2016 tax returns, which show he has assets worth nearly $30 million, according to Bridge Magazine. Like his fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Abdul El-Sayed, he’s refusing to accept corporate donations, but unlike his competitor, he’s plowing $6 million on his own fortune into his campaign.

He’s touting his rags-to-riches story, but his business history has proved controversial, with a lawsuit against him alleging fraud and reports that a pharmaceutical firm he owned in New Jersey that went bankrupt abandoned hundreds of research animals that had to be rescued by animal-welfare workers. He has denied responsibility in both cases.

“A lot of this is hype and smear,” he tells Daily Detroit, saying the animals were watched after and fed by the bank that took possession of the company. (Bridge’s Truth Squad finds his efforts to deflect blame to be false.)

Meanwhile, some polls have shown him ahead of front-runner Gretchen Whitmer, and former Detroit health director El-Sayed, who we interviewed yesterday.

On the campaign trail, Thanedar is touting fixes to health care and infrastructure, saying he wants to restructure taxes to help fund universal childcare and pre-K education, plus invest $1 billion in preparing residents for skilled trades.

“I understand how Michiganders suffer,” he says. “Twenty-some percent of our citizens are living below poverty. Forty percent of african-american children live at or below poverty. I know I have lived that life. I have gone to bed hungry. I’m the only gubernatorial candidate that can say what it feels lie, knows what it feels like to go to bed hungry.”

Have a listen to the interview in the player above.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Abdul El-Sayed: ‘I See A State That Is Quickly Failing People’ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/democratic-gubernatorial-hopeful-abdul-el-sayed-see-state-quickly-failing-people-state/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/democratic-gubernatorial-hopeful-abdul-el-sayed-see-state-quickly-failing-people-state/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 03:06:50 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41899

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed dropped by Daily Detroit on Wednesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about his decidedly underdog candidacy, his progressive policies, why he lost the endorsement of Mayor Mike Duggan and firmly establish his outsider credibility.

“A lot of politicians come here to rub shoulders with corporate lobbyists and try and get those corporations to back their campaigns. I just don’t take corporate money,” El-Sayed said.” My role here is very different. I see myself as an informant of sorts for folks who don’t get to come to islands like this for the things that I’ve been learning about the challenges in their lives.”

El-Sayed is famous — or in some circles, infamous — for being openly Muslim. He’s the son of Egyptian immigrants who grew up in the Detroit area, played lacrosse at the University of Michigan and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England. He’s a doctor who most recently ran the Detroit Health Department following its shuttering in the city’s bankruptcy.

He says his travels around the state have shown him that Michigan residents are concerned mostly with the quality of their children’s schools, infrastructure and health care.

El-Sayed says the state has badly underinvested in things like schools over time. He says that’s one of the primary reasons Amazon left Detroit off its list of finalists for its HQ2 project.

“The state tried to offer Amazon $4 billion in incentives. It didn’t work,” he says. “And the reason that they didn’t come is because we had not invested that same money in the same things that they were looking for in the first place: great opportunities for people to raise families because they have great public schools, and great public transportation, and great infrastructure. We don’t have those things.”

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Will Metro Detroit Become A Permanent Second-Class Region? That’s the Question At The Heart Of This Year’s Mackinac Policy Conference http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/will-metro-detroit-become-permanent-second-class-region-thats-question-heart-years-mackinac-policy-conference/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/will-metro-detroit-become-permanent-second-class-region-thats-question-heart-years-mackinac-policy-conference/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 14:41:14 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41884 The Detroit region is a proverbial frog boiling alive in a pot of water.  

There are several major topics being tackled up here at the Mackinac Policy Conference — talent, transit, the opioid crisis and education among them. But the through-line that we see between all of them is “Will Metro Detroit become a permanent second-class region?”

See, despite what some politicians would like to tell you, all is not rosy in the Paris of the Midwest. The city does have a comeback beginning. But anyone who’s visited other cities and regions knows that even our “nicest” area of Midtown is an average block in most other major cities.

Our roads are reminiscent of the surface of the moon. And it’s our fault because we refuse to spend what it takes to fix our infrastructure.

Michigan’s education system — as we discussed with Ron French of Bridge Magazine — http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/22/michigans-bad-schools/ is in deep trouble, much closure to the bottom of the barrel among states that the top of the heap.

Michigan has the 4th biggest drug problem in the United States, and Macomb County’s drug overdoses are skyrocketing.

And transit? Well, there’s many second- and third- world regions that have better mass transit than we do. It’s something that’s like air to most millennial workers, not to mention many of the urbane executives and engineering talent we like to lure from other automotive hubs like Germany and Japan. But here, we have a bunch of folks who are telling their kids to get off their lawn and driveway — and then wonder why they don’t move back “home.”

To us, transit is a question of equity. It’s a hand up for people to get to jobs and improve their own station in life, not a hand out. In Metro Detroit, we’re apparently fine with “I got mine.” And that’s not the kind of community people who want to build something great want to live in.

Here’s the scary thing: The electorate, especially in parts of Oakland and most of Macomb County, is apparently fine with that. And our elected leaders? We’re back to the tiresome suburban/city bickering. It sure was nice to have a break from that, however brief.

But it’s not a good look, guys.

While you’re fighting, our future is leaving this state, and businesses by and large aren’t finding the talent they need. We look to people like Dan Gilbert to do everything, when in fact, if we were a successful region, we’d have 20 or more of them. Dan Gilbert in Chicago is just another rich guy. Here, he runs the table because he’s among the few games in town.

But that’s our culture. We’ve long looked to big companies to fix our problems. Ford, Chrysler and General Motors had their claws in city governments across Metro Detroit who then didn’t plan for people and residents. For the most part, they did what the biggest companies in town asked.

We made whole suburbs based on racist principles. Henry Ford, though a brilliant engineer, was a racist and anti-Semite. With his money and power, he weaved his wretched social beliefs into the fabric of our area, and most of us don’t even realize it.

And Detroit’s mostly hated Coleman Young? He wasn’t a cause. He was a symptom and a catalyst, like Donald Trump today. Now, we have Oakland County exec L. Brooks Patterson back to his cantankerous old ways, flipping corn and blankets over the proverbial fence and flipping off the camera. And Macomb’s Mark Hackel? He never met a political wind he didn’t bow to. He’s right about his electorate today, but he’s going to be on the wrong side of history.

What we need now is leadership. Will a champion, or a set of champions, step forward, or are we going to have 20 more years of the same story? Now is the time, or we fear the window of a Motor City comeback will close. And maybe that’s what our current leaders really want: the status quo, with a festering doughnut-hole for an urban core and a collection of disparate, sprawling suburbs offering plentiful parking. Nothing galvanizes a base like an enemy. And the easiest enemy in Metro Detroit always seems to be your neighbor.

So the question this year really is this: Will Metro Detroit find the will to turn a corner to keep up with the rest of the nation, or are we going become a permanent second- or third-class region? The choice, as they say, is ours.

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$12/Hour Minimum Wage Initiative Submits Signatures, Could Go Before Michigan Voters http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/23/12-hour-minimum-wage-submits-initiative-submits-signatures-go-michigan-voters/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/23/12-hour-minimum-wage-submits-initiative-submits-signatures-go-michigan-voters/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:10:29 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41821

A group pushing to raise Michigan’s minimum wage has submitted signatures in a bid to get a proposal on the November ballot.

The Michigan One Fair Wage group wants voters to decide whether Michigan’s minimum wage should be raised to $12 an hour by 2022. It turned in more than 370,000 signatures. That’s well above the roughly 250,000 that the Board of State Canvassers needs to certify.

If it does, the proposal would go before the Legislature, which would have the option of passing it on its own. If it doesn’t, then the proposal would be placed on the statewide ballot.

Michigan’s current minimum wage of $9.25 an hour would gradually rise starting next year. Employers would also be required to pay the new minimum wage to tipped employees on top of the tips they earn.

2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for ballot proposals in Michigan. The Board of Canvassers has already approved a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, with several other issues pending in various stages.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here.

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Abdul El-Sayed Pitches Proposal For Net Neutrality, Michigan Public Broadband Called “Mi-Fi” http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/07/abdul-el-sayed-pitches-proposal-net-neutrality-michigan-public-broadband-called-mi-fi/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/07/abdul-el-sayed-pitches-proposal-net-neutrality-michigan-public-broadband-called-mi-fi/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 02:59:20 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41698

The race for governor is heating up.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, who is currently polling third on the Democratic ticket is wading into the waters of net neutrality.

Net neutrality is a concept that aims to maintain a level playing field on the Internet between all users and publicly-owned internet.

His idea, in pre-event materials obtained by Daily Detroit, is that “MI-Fi is our solution; publicly owned broadband infrastructure can ensure that every household in rural and urban Michigan has the access they need, and protect net neutrality in our state.”

It’s billed as a policy for public broadband and to ensure net neutrality in Michigan. 

This wouldn’t be a huge leap for El-Sayed. The candidate has positioned himself on the progressive side of the Democratic ticket and is also is pushing for free college tuition for Michigan families who make $150,000 or less.

El-Sayed is polling third behind front runner and entrepreneur Shri Thenadar and establishment favorite, former legislator Gretchen Whitmer.

Since this writing the proposal has been released on his website. Here’s a link. It’s in-depth, so it’ll take some time to process.

We’re pulling together a panel to discuss it on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast on Tuesday.

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News Byte Podcast: $130 Million For Detroit’s Neighborhoods, Bringing Back Detroit’s Cornices & More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/07/news-byte-podcast-130-million-detroits-neighborhoods-bringing-back-detroits-cornices/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/07/news-byte-podcast-130-million-detroits-neighborhoods-bringing-back-detroits-cornices/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 02:22:56 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41708

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Monday, May 7, 2018. Here are your stories for today:

Detroit’s neighborhoods could see $130 million in investment…

The DMC and Wayne State physicians sign a 6-month extension…

The Detroit Pistons change horses and fire their coach…

High-end apartment rents are rising across metro Detroit…

Net neutrality and public broadband in Michigan comes back into the discussion with a new proposal…

A Detroit bakery has shut its doors after 95 years…

And you might have noticed that some of downtown Detroit’s buildings are looking a bit fancier lately. That’s because they’re getting their decorative cornices back, after missing them for decades. We talked to Sachse Construction‘s Kevin Blind about what it takes to make that happen.

Of course, find the Daily Detroit News Byte on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Amazon Alexa or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.


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PODCAST – Detroit: Become Human, The Largest Robotics Competition In The World Comes To Detroit, Daffodils & More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/04/23/daffodils/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/04/23/daffodils/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:24:30 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41518

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 23, 2018 recorded in beautiful Grand Circus Park.

  • A video game set in Detroit, “Detroit: Become Human” is about to launch. A playable demo comes out Tuesday.
  • The largest robotics competition in the world is coming to Detroit this week
  • Detroit’s harnessing some flower power
  • A Cass Corridor jazz club relaunches four decades after it was shut down
  • And we attended a very contentious meeting between Detroit’s big 4 leaders. We break down where the break down is happening.

Here’s that daffodil map we talked about in the show:

Sven and Jer are your hosts. Thanks to Milo Digital, Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, and Podcast Detroit for their support.

Of course, if you like the show? Subscribe to this Detroit-based podcast in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.

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