May 11, 2009

Economy will be focus of Michigan Policy Summit Saturday

The 3rd Annual Michigan Policy Summit will bring together Michigan’s widespread progressive and liberal community to provide some progressive answers to Michigan's economy this Saturday at Cobo Hall.

The day will feature breakout sessions, a panel discussion and guest speakers. This year’s summit, sponsored by the Michigan Prospect, will focus on the economy with four priority issues that include clean energy, labor, health care and solving the foreclosure crisis. The unique thing about this group, for me, has always been getting progressive groups together to talk that may have different views that at times may seem the exact opposite, such as environmental groups and labor groups.

Registration is just $30, and it can be done in advance or on Saturday, May 16. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The summit has brought in some excellent speakers in the past. Past speakers have included former Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaign manger and Democratic National Committee member Donna Brazile, former Lansing Mayor and state Representative David Hollister, author and the host and executive producer of Democracy Now! Amy Goodman and humorist Jim Hightower. This year’s keynote speaker is Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.

There will also be a panel discussion featuring Jeffrey Howard, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Healthcare Michigan; Dan Kildee, Genesee County Treasurer; Dave Ivers, Secretary Treasurer, Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO and Jamie Scripps of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.

Michigan Prospect is a non-profit group formed in 1992 by a group of citizens committed to the principles of a just and humane society in order to encourage the development of sound public policies and effective public institutions through informed debate.

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