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Stateside: Governor Whitmer’s first budget; Detroit’s Muslim and Jewish communities; Paczki Day

Mar 5, 2019

Today on Stateside, we grow our understanding of Jewish and Muslim communities in Michigan and learn more about their histories and their futures. Plus, we celebrate Fat Tuesday with paczki! 

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

Gov. Whitmer proposes 45 cent fuel tax increase to fix Michigan's roads

 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her first budget today. It's a $60.2 billion plan for fiscal year 2020, up 3.6 percent over this year's budget. It strips away the pension tax enacted by Governor Snyder and pays for that by expanding Michigan's Corporate Income Tax to companies that had been exempt.
  • Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News, and Michigan Radio's political analyst Zoe Clark join Stateside to help us break it all down. 

Jewish and Muslim communities in Metro Detroit try to focus on similar histories and shared future

 

  • Think of relations between Muslims and Jews in the Middle East and images of tension and violence likely come to mind. But the Jewish and Muslim communities in Metro Detroit are trying to focus on their similar histories and their shared future. 
  • As an example, Wayne State University professors Howard Lupovitch and Saeed Khan lead an annual series of community conversations called "A Shared Future.” This lecture series that starts on March 6 is an interfaith dialogue aimed at building relationships and uniting members of the Jewish and Muslim communities in Southeast Michigan.

Mixtape: Sit back, relax, eat paczki and listen to new music from West Michigan

 

  • Time to check out music from West Michigan as we say hello again to John Sinkevics, editor and publisher of LocalSpins.com. He introduces us to four of the regions “must see” artists. We hear The Strapping Owls, a funky blues power trio, Deep Greens & Blues that’s a country band with “distinctive harmonies,” Political Lizard who just released their first album “Joy the Dog.” And finally, Michigander, a frequently featured band who just released a new single, “Circles.” 

Fat Tuesday traditions in Hamtramck, featuring the Paczki Bomb

  • In New Orleans, they're celebrating Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras in French. It’s a day to feast before the fast. In Metro Detroit, it's Paczki (Poonch-key) Day: the Polish Fat Tuesday. Paczki go back to the Middle Ages, when you'd  prepare for Lent by clearing your house of lard and sugar and other goodies by making little fried donuts filled with sweet jams or cremes.
  • Hamtramck has also produced its own twist on the paczek (poon-check): booze! Mike Mouyianis is co-owner of Small's, the bar and music club on Conant, in the heart of Hamtramck and the creator of the boozy "paczki bomb." He joins Stateside from Small's, which serves his Paczki creation all day.

Rep. Debbie Dingell delivers “thousands” of Paczki in honor of her late husband

  • There's another Michigan tradition tied to Paczki Day. For years, Congressman John Dingell and his team would deliver boxes of paczki to friends. To those who don’t know, John Dingell's grandparents immigrated to the US from Poland and he was very proud of his heritage. 
  • It's a tradition Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is determined to continue. Dingell joins Stateside to detail that tradition. 

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