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Staff Blog | Mary Kramer

PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK: Rogers in key spot in this era of spy vs. spy

Last month, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers announced he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Carl Levin vacates in January. That could be a good thing for Michigan. Maybe for the country. Rogers chairs the House Intelligence Committee and is at the epicenter of where international hacking, national security, key business functions and cherished American ideals of individual freedom and privacy all intersect. I moderated a panel on cybersecurity at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference in late May. Everybody deferred to Rogers, who repeated that oft-stated maxim: We have two types of companies -- those that have been hacked and those that don't know they've been hacked.

Chris Gautz

Road funding, Medicaid next up for budget chief

MACKINAC ISLAND -- The state budget is all but completed, and Budget Director John Nixon said he and Gov. Rick Snyder are already beginning talks to plan the next budget. But before those discussions go too far, Nixon said they remain focused in the few remaining weeks before lawmakers leave for a two-month summer break to find solutions to the two outstanding issues that were left out of the budget -- increased transportation funding and Medicaid expansion.

Staff Blog | Chris Gautz

Budget nears completion, minus the hard stuff

MACKINAC ISLAND -- After missing last year's event to complete the state budget, lawmakers this year made it here in time for the Mackinac Policy Conference -- though they failed to complete the budget. And when they do, it won't include the tough issues that Gov. Rick Snyder pressed them to address. Take away the issue of increased transportation funding as well as Medicaid expansion, and this was a largely noncontroversial budget.

Chris Gautz

Schauer, on his candidacy for governor, perceptions of Snyder and next steps

The only declared candidate for governor attending the Mackinac Policy Conference was a popular guy on the porch of the Grand Hotel this evening, meeting with reporters and business and educations leaders. Former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer made it official this week that he will run for governor in 2014 after the last of the Democrats openly pondering a run stepped aside and pledged to support his candidacy.

Staff Blog | Chris Gautz

Gutierrez: Immigration reform can give economy needed kick

On the opening day of the Mackinac Policy Conference on Wednesday, Carlos Gutierrez, the former CEO of Kellogg Co., plans to make the case that immigration reform is not just an economic issue, it is good economic policy."Our economy really needs a good kick to get it started," Gutierrez told me during a recent interview. "There isn't anything on the horizon, with the exception of immigration reform, that can provide that kick."

About this section

What: Michigan's business and government leaders meet to discuss the state's economy, education and other issues.

When: May 29-31

Where: Mackinac Island

Crain's coverage: Publisher Mary Kramer, Executive Editor Cindy Goodaker and reporters Kirk Pinho and Chris Gautz are attending the conference and will be reporting throughout.

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