Current State #37 | March 5, 2013

Mar 5, 2013

Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate. 

Sequestration cuts will be felt locally

Mar 5, 2013
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Automatic cuts to the federal budget, known as sequestration, went into effect last week. If the initial round of $85 billion in cuts to the military and domestic discretionary spending are not averted, the cuts will resonate throughout the nation's economy, including in Michigan. 

The potential effects of climate change in Michigan

Mar 5, 2013

Climate change is continuing to influence Michigan’s environment. Last March a sudden thaw and freeze devastated the state’s berry crops. While recently, record low water levels have forced the government to spend millions on dredging.

Jeff Andresen,  Michigan Climatologist and assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University, discusses Michigan's climate future.

Michigan farmers markets boost economy, health

Mar 5, 2013
Farmer's Market
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The Michigan Farmers Market Conference takes place today and tomorrow as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The growth and expansion of farmers’ markets is one of the most visible aspects of Michigan’s vibrant local and regional food renaissance. This rapid market growth has created a need for educational and advocacy programs that protect and grow these venues and highlight the benefits and importance of Michigan agriculture.

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder named Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court.  Viviano replaces former justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January under a cloud of scandal pertaining to her involvement in a fraudulent real estate deal.  Viviano has worked as a city attorney and was also a Republican nominee for Macomb County prosecutor.

If Mayor Virg Bernero has his way, Janene McIntyre will be Lansing’s next city attorney. She would succeed Brigham Smith, who left for a similar job in Connecticut earlier this year.

McIntyre is a Lansing native and Cooley Law School graduate, currently working with the public finance practice groups at Foster Swift Collins and Smith in Lansing.

If approved by the city council, she would become Lansing’s first female, and first African-American, city attorney. 

Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with McIntyre about the new opportunity.