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Presented By: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+)

What Michigan Residents Really Care About

And the Legislature Needs to Know

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If you were a member of the Michigan State Legislature, wouldn’t you really want to know what your constituents thought were their most important priorities? How would you find that out? The Center for Michigan has the answers.

The Center, founded by Michigan Regent Phil Power in 2006, works to identify citizen priorities for the state legislature and amplify resident voices straight to Lansing. In 2018, the Center's public engagement team spoke with 8,000 residents at 173 events across the state. Their priorities provide a clear to-do list for Michigan's future.

Personnel from the Center, led by Alexandra Schmidt, the Public Engagement Director for the Center, have been busy sharing results with our Legislature. You will be fortunate to hear from her personally what Michiganders want from the legislature.

Alexandra Schmidt focuses on discerning how state policy impacts residents’ daily lives and amplifying those experiences to achieve stronger public discourse. She holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors and distinction in Urban Studies from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Center for Michigan in 2017, she worked with HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Big 10 Network, TBS, and Comedy Central.
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