Welcome to Better Communities Better Michigan – the Podcast!
The Michigan Municipal League is the one clear voice for Michigan communities, working in Lansing and throughout the state for the unique and vibrant places where people want to live. From state policy to cutting edge local initiatives, we’ll discuss issues that impact us all, and identify key strategies to promote highly adaptable, economically competitive communities that are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Iceberg or Anomaly?
The largest municipal bankruptcy case in US history is everywhere in the news these days. But what is the real impact of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, both for Detroiters and for other communities? Is it the tip of the iceberg and a dire warning of things to come…or a powerful lesson for both state and local officials on why – and how –to avoid this costly and complex solution to fiscal crisis? Just as important: what fallout has already been felt by Detroiters and other Michigan municipalities?
The League’s Summer Minnick talks with those who can provide a few of the answers: public policy expert Frank Shafroth of George Mason University, Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins, Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin and Detroit entrepreneur Austin Black II.