PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: April 26, 2005
Michigan's structural deficit will be the focus of
DEARBORN---Michigan's structural budget deficit and the resulting challenges
for the state's economy will be the focus of a conversation with experts
and community leaders at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 13.
Tom Clay, director of state affairs for the Citizens
Research Council of Michigan, will provide an overview of "Michigan's
Budget Crisis: Its Causes and Prospects for Resolution." Clay was
Michigan's deputy state treasurer from 1991 to 1997 and was director of
the state's executive budget office for 15 years before that.
Respondents will include John Clement, vice president for finance of
the Health Alliance Plan; Ahmed Chabbani, business owner and chair of
the American Arab Chamber of Commerce; and UM-Dearborn economics Prof.
"Michigan has experienced cyclical economic difficulties in the
past, but now we are facing a more serious structural problem that limits
our ability to maintain core services even in good economic times,"
according to Edward J. Bagale, vice chancellor for government relations
at UM-Dearborn. "We need to draw together the best thinking we can
to comprehend the underlying issues, and develop a strategic response
to allow the state to prosper in the future."
The panel discussion is sponsored by the Forum for Innovative Leadership,
a collaboration of UM-Dearborn, The Henry Ford and the Detroit Regional
Chamber; the Citizens Research Council and the UM-Dearborn Business-Education
For registration or more information, contact the Office of Government
Relations at UM-Dearborn, (313) 593-5140.