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Politics & Government

Stateside for Monday, March 18th, 2013

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With the Supreme Court set to take up two cases involving same sex marriage, the issue is on many minds.

On today's show, we head Up North where a Native American tribe is one of the first in the country to legalize same sex marriage.

And, a unique exhibition of prisoner art reflects life for those artists in-prison and once they re-enter society.

But first today, it seems there’s a fair degree of attention paid to the question of trust.

As in, "how much do citizens trust their elected officials?"

We’ve seen citizen trust in the federal government drop dramatically, and surveys find while citizens tend to trust state government more than the federal government - and their local government more than federal and state - those trust levels still tend to be low.
 
But what about the the reverse?

How much do elected officials trust their citizens? Trust is a two-way street.

The University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) decided to put that question to local government leaders in its recent Michigan Public Policy Survey.

The survey is an interesting snapshot of the state of trust between us and the people we’ve elected to lead us.
 
Tom Ivacko from CLOSUP joined us today to talk about what they found.

Listen to the full show above.