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MSAE tackles state budget, national issues at Public Policy Conference

Washington gridlock, the state’s budget and the opioid epidemic’s impact on the workplace are a few of the items on the agenda at the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Legislative & Public Policy Conference, Wednesday, Feb.15 in Lansing. In a special preconference on the opioid epidemic, Ingham County District Judge Donald Allen and Amanda Lick of Michigan Pharmacists Association will explore its workplace impact. In “Progress or Gridlock: What's Happening in Washington?” Ron Fournier, publisher and editor, Crain's Detroit Business and former senior political columnist, The Atlantic, will look ahead to the challenges and goals of the new administration and U.S. congress. Dick Posthumus, director of Legislative Affairs in Governor Rick Snyder’s office, will address public policy and state budget priorities during “Michigan Update.” Tim Skubick, senior capitol correspondent, will moderate a panel of media pundits including Nolan Finley, columnist, Detroit News; Kyle Melinn, news editor, Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS); Rochelle Riley, columnist, Detroit Free Press and Danielle Emerson, staff writer, Gongwer, on issues such as higher education, energy and budget priorities. Peter Hammer, Ph.D., JD; director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will speak about Detroit, and implications for Michigan’s future in, “Celebrations and Challenges: 50 Years after the Detroit Riots.” Finally, in “Quadrant Leaders: Speak Up and Speak Out,” House Speaker Tom Leonard, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich will outline legislative priorities for 2017. A legislative reception follows from 5 to 6 p.m. The conference will take place at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the conference runs from 11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visit or call (517) 332-6723 for more information or to register for the conference.

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