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Metro Detroit talks mass transit, but so far, more talk than action


May 17, 2013 | WGVU  

In December, when the legislature passed the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for Southeast Michigan, most people thought the struggle to improve mass transit was over. 

But Detroit remains the last metro area without a regional bus and train system. And the RTA is only the legal document that allows plans to be drawn up.  The RTA has no money, and lacks public support to spend money. 

Today and tomorrow, the University of Detroit is holding a workshop for people trying to create a social movement toward transit.  Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus caught up with one of the organizers, Kevin McClogan, for a chat.



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Michigan Proposal 1 debate
  April 21, 2015  |  WGVU  In less than three weeks Michigan voters will decide if Proposal 1’s sales tax increase is the best way to fix the state’s roads and bridges. The sales tax would increase from 6 to 7-percent generating $1.3 billion dollars a year over the next 10 years. It includes raising $300 million in additional public school funding and $95 million in new revenue for local governments. On WGVU’s “West Michigan Week” the pros and cons of Proposal 1 were debated with Paul Mitchell, Chairman of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals opposes Prop 1, and John LaMacchia, Legislative Associate with the Michigan Municipal League and a supporter from Safe Roads Yes!    
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Tuesday
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  April 14, 2015  |  WGVU  High chlamydia rates in Muskegon County have prompted officials to take certain steps. One initiative expands a partnership with Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan. WGVU recently spoke with PPWNM’s Bridget White about the response to what’s been referred to as the “chlamydia epidemic”.   
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  April 8, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan voters will decide May 5th if raising the state's sales tax is the right approach for fixing roads and bridges. What does the business community think about Proposal 1?   
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