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Stateside: Ballot initiative on income tax; businesses push immigration reform; Arab American voters

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Fair Tax Michigan is an activist group working to change the state's income tax structure. They recently put forward language for a ballot initive to change from a flat tax to a graduated tax.

Today on Stateside, an activist group wants to convince voters to change Michigan’s constitution in order to restructure income taxes. Plus, how environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region stack up among the Democratic presidential candidates.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual conversations below. 

Supporters of new ballot initiative argue change to income tax collection would be more fair, grow revenue

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Stateside’s conversation with Eli Isaguirre and Charley Ballard

  • Eli Isaguirre, Campaign Manager, Fair Tax Michigan
  • Charley Ballard, Professor of Economics at Michigan State University

Facing labor shortages, business groups across the state come together to push for immigration reform

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Stateside’s conversation with Andy Johnston and Steve Tobocman

  • Andy Johnston is VP of Government & Corporate Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Tobocman is founder and executive director of Global Detroit

What are presidential candidates’ plans for the Great Lakes, PFAS, and other environmental concerns?

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Stateside’s conversation with Lisa Wozniak

Why Arab-American voters seem to be leaning toward Bernie Sanders

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Stateside’s conversation with Ali Harb and Amer Zahr

  • Ali Harb, reporter for the Middle East Eye
  • Amer Zahr, comedian and commentator
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