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WestSouthwest March 22, 2018

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On WestSouthwest, Michigan's formula for distributing money for roads doesn't' work well, but it's hard to change. And why Michigan government could use more sunshine.

The Research Director for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan calls Public Act 51 the "third rail" of Michigan's pothole crisis. Craig Thiel says the act, which determines how money for roads is distributed in Michigan, is complex and inefficient. But Thiel says politically it's hard to change.

Jane Briggs-Bunting says Michigan's Freedom of Information Act needs to be improved. The founding president of the board for the Michigan Coalition for Open Government says bills in the state House to make the Legislature and the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's office subject to FOIA would be a good start. But Briggs-Bunting says those bills aren't likely to see action in the state Senate.  

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.
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