Current State #12 | January 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013

Today on Current State: Coverage of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's "State of the City" address, a tour of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, MIRS' Craig Mauger discusses his lengthy interview with House Speaker Jase Bolger, and the economic impact of Michigan's public universities.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's 'State of the City' address heavy on energy, light on detail

Last night, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero portrayed, in his words, a city “powered up” for the year ahead. For his annual “State of the City” address, Bernero chose a refurbished railroad depot in the shadow of the city’s rising co-generation power plant, which will come online this summer. While the mayor acknowledged Lansing’s financial challenges, he steered clear of details. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports.

A tour of Lansing's R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Ransom founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing in 1897.  The company was bought by General Motors in 1908, which  produced the Oldsmobile brand for 96 years. Ransom Olds continued to produce cars, however, under the name REO Motor Car Company.

Bill Adcock is the executive director of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.  He recently joined Current State Executive Producer Peter Whorf for a tour of the museum and a history of the man.

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger opens up in long interview with MIRS

Michigan’s House Speaker Jase Bolger is one of the most controversial elected leaders in the state.  The Michigan Information and Research Service -- MIRS -- recently landed a 40 minute interview with the Republican from Marshall.  Reporter Craig Mauger speaks with Current State host Mark Bashore about Bolger’s comments on "Right to Work," the drama of the recent lame duck session and the upcoming legislative agenda.

Report finds Michigan's public universities have major economic impact

For every dollar the state invested in Michigan's three major public universities -- Michigan, Wayne State and Michigan State (above) -- the economy received $17 in return, a recent URC study shows.
Credit Courtesy of Michigan State University

A new report from the University Research Corridor suggests Michigan’s public universities continue to generate more economic impact for the state.  The URC’s Jeff Mason, the Anderson Economic Group’s Erin Grover and the Michigan Economic Center’s John Austin explain the report's findings.