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Journalists talk Michigan, Detroit issues

Former Hometown Newspaper publisher Rich Perlberg moderated a discussion on current Michigan issues between Paul Egan, Lansing bureau chief for the Detroit Free Press, left, and Nolan Finley, editorial page editor at the Detroit News held at Chrystal Gardens - Livingston in Howell, Michigan February 10, 2014. It was during a monthly Good Morning Livingston breakfast sponsored by Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. ( Photo by John M. Galloway)

Former Daily Press & Argus publisher Rich Perlberg moderates a discussion on current Michigan issues between Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau, left, and Nolan Finley, editorial page editor at The Detroit News during The Feb. 10 Good Morning Livingston program. ( Photo by John M. Galloway)

Michigan’s roads and the future of Detroit were among the topics discussed at the Feb. 10 Good Morning Livingston program. On hand to share their insights were Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News, and Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau. The discussion was moderated by Rich Perlberg, retired publisher of the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.

On May’s vote to raise the state’s sales tax to fund road improvements, Egan said it’s “not off to a promising start.” Finley said he feels the climate is right for hiking the  gas tax, but raising the sales tax would prove to be “difficult.”

While exciting things are happening in downtown Detroit, Finley said the city’s neighborhhoods are “still devastated.”

“It’s going to take a long time,” Finley said. “The mayor has to convince people that better times are ahead. These people have lived through some pretty devastating times.”

Egan pegged Detroit as “key to a healthy region and state.

And why should Livingston County care about Detroit?

“A healthier Detroit makes for a healthier region and better quality of life,” Finley said.

Egan agreed, adding that the entire state benefits from Detroit’s sport teams and cultural facilities and opportunities.

The next Good Morning Livingston will focus on the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams under construction at Michigan State University. The event is set for 7:30-9 a.m. at The Johnson Center at Cleary University, 3750 Cleary Drive in Howell. To register, click here.

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