Now What?: Managing the budget crisis while promoting a positive future for the state of Michigan

November 6, 2007
Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium
7:30 to 9 p.m.

The four leaders each will summarize this year’s achievements and disappointments in the Michigan government and summarize their party’s perspectives on the challenges and opportunities awaiting the legislature in the coming year.

Discussion Topics

  • Has the state budget crisis been solved?
  • What is the future for university funding in Michigan?
  • How can Michigan prepare to compete globally?
  • How can universities help Michigan compete economically?


  • Andy Dillon, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
  • Craig DeRoche, Minority Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives
  • Mike Bishop, Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
  • Mark Schauer, Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate


Tim Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent, WKAR; Anchor & Producer, WKAR's Off the Record

Event Sponsors

The Griffin Policy Forums are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University.

About the Griffin Endowed Chair

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It provides continuing support to fund the salary and associated costs of a government and public policy expert to serve as a faculty member in the Political Science department and to host twice yearly forums addressing public policy issues.

The endowment is named to recognize the significant public service and contributions of distinguished CMU alumni Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin. Robert Griffin, '47, is a former U.S. Senator, and his wife, Marjorie, '44, is a former Clarke Historical Library board member.

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