It's been a busy week up at the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference, put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber. But what are some of the things happening that could impact you?

State Representative Mike McFall of the 8th District stopped by and talked about what's moving through Landing and made the proposed budget. We'll dive into the latest policy discussions and legislative efforts impacting Metro Detroit and beyond.

In this episode, we cover:

Redistricting Changes: Representative McFall discusses the recent redistricting that will see him campaigning for House District 14, which includes parts of Madison Heights, Hazel Park, and Warren. Learn how these changes are reshaping local representation.

Public Transit Initiatives: McFall, co-chair of the Public Transit Caucus, shares insights on the new bill package aimed at expanding public transit, affordable housing, and placemaking efforts across Michigan. Discover how a permanent funding source - $2 billion over a decade - could transform the state's transit landscape.

Affordable Housing Crisis: Addressing the housing shortage, McFall talks about initiatives to create consistent funding for affordable housing, targeting the "missing middle" and ensuring more Michiganders can find affordable places to live.

Retirement Savings Legislation: Learn about the "MI Secure Retirement" bill, which aims to provide retirement savings options for Michigan workers, particularly those employed by small businesses, to help them avoid financial hardship in their later years (and save the state taxpayers money in the long run).

Future Prospects: McFall shares his vision for the next year, hoping for the successful passage of critical legislation and a statewide focus on housing and transit issues that have traditionally been seen as regional concerns.

I hope you find this an insightful episode on the policy efforts shaping the future of Metro Detroit and Michigan.

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