MichMash: Recapping the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference

WDET’s Russ McNamara shares his reactions to this year’s conference.

Photo of the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.

This year’s Mackinac Policy Conference focused a lot on collaboration and innovation to fix Michigan’s stagnant population growth.

WDET’s host of All Things Considered Russ McNamara joined MichMash host Cheyna Roth to share his thoughts on what he witnessed on the island.

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In this episode:

  • Purpose of the Mackinac Policy Conference.
  • How the Growing Michigan Together Council is trying to grow Michigan’s population.
  • DTE representatives respond to the frustrations had about the increased rates.

“It’s a lot of glamor and convenience. Those policy wonks love to have their occasional proms and this is just one of them,” McNamara says of the Mackinac Policy Conference. “Everyone gets together and people have their occasional press conferences, all the media are there and it just makes it easier for everyone to run around and hop from station to station.”

Listen to the entire episode using the media player above.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.