Detroit Institute of Arts in the Post-Bankruptcy Era

MACKINAC ISLAND -- The post-bankruptcy era is bringing changes to the Detroit Institute of Arts, some related to the case, some not.  Museum Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson discusses the last year with WDET’s Sandra Svoboda during the Mackinac Policy Conference. Among the changes: New challenges for museum fundraising.  “Raising $100 million for Detroit’s pensioners in the..

Live from Mackinac: Roads and Rhodes

The 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference wraps up Friday with a panel discussion on roads. Michigan voters rejected a sales tax increase on May 5 that would have generated more than $1 billion a year to fix roads and bridges. WDET’s Jerome Vaughn spoke with Westland Mayor William Wild, who says state politicians need to listen to local leaders...

Bankruptcy Judge to Detroit Citizens: Stay on It

The judge who oversaw Detroit’s bankruptcy case says the city’s recovery depends, in part, on its residents. Speaking at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Judge Steven Rhodes analyzes the message he included at the end of his opinion confirming the city’s post-bankruptcy plan. He calls on the city's residents to participate in democracy. “I wanted to focus the..

Waiting on the Water Deal

MACKINAC ISLAND -- The chief mediator in Detroit’s bankruptcy case says he's hoping that the city of Detroit and counties of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb soon finalize the Great Lakes Water Authority.  Terms of the memo of understanding, signed during the city’s bankruptcy trial, call for a lease agreement to be finalized by June 14. Chief U.S. District..