Stateside: Whitmer on budget vetoes; Reps. Dingell, Upton talk civility; the Great Michigan Fire | Michigan Radio

Stateside: Whitmer on budget vetoes; Reps. Dingell, Upton talk civility; the Great Michigan Fire

Oct 2, 2019


Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer explains the reasoning behind her 147 line-item vetoes in the state budget she signed Monday night. Plus, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Congressman Fred Upton talk about civility in an era of partisanship and division. 

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

Gov. Whitmer: Legislature sent a “phony budget” and needs to come back to table


  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday she would submit a supplemental spending plan to the state Legislature. That means she's throwing her budget priorities back to Republican lawmakers, after reworking and vetoing parts of the budget they sent to her. Governor Whitmer told Stateside that the vetoes were necessary because the budget sent to her by the Republican-controlled legislature did not adequately fund roads and other high priority items. Whitmer says that legislators need to come back to the table to figure out a better plan.
  • Michigan Radio’s political reporter Chenya Roth gives us her take on the governor's remarks, and explains how they reflect the political climate in the state more broadly. 

New DNR office looks to highlight role of outdoor recreation in state’s economy

  • From boating to fishing, camping to kayaking, hiking to skiing, outdoor recreation is a big part of life for many Michiganders. And it's big business, too. Outdoor recreation creates hundreds of thousands of jobs and pumps billions of dollars into Michigan's economy. That's why the state has created a brand new office to focus on the industry. Stateside spoke with Brad Garmon, director of Michigan's new Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, about why the office was established and what it aims to do. 

How the Great Michigan Fire of 1871 helped create the state’s furniture industry

  • The Great Chicago Fire is undoubtedly one of the most famous fire disasters in U.S. History. It burned from October 8 to October 10th, 1871, killed some 300 people, and destroyed thousands of buildings. But did you know in those very same days—October 8 through 10, 1871— fires also broke out right here in Michigan? Rachel Clark of the Michigan History Center joined Stateside to discuss why the Great Chicago Fire has overshadowed the Great Michigan Fire of 1871, and what lasting impact the fires had on the state. 

Reps. Dingell and Upton talk civility, collegiality in an era of division and impeachment


  • We have a nation where public "debate" tends to look like people standing in their silos, listening to their cable networks, reading the posts on their social media, and thinking that they are right and the "other" side is wrong. Case closed. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Congressman Fred Upton co-wrote an op-ed in the Detroit News saying "a vibrant republic depends on vigorous debate". Dingell and Upton sat down with Stateside to discuss their take on civility in the modern era, and comment on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. 

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