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Crystal Ball 2020: Roads, Economy, Philanthropy

The State of the State Podcast discusses issues, questions, answers, policy and research on the hottest topics on the local, state and national stage. State of the State podcasters IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, Associate Director Arnold Weinfeld, Charles Ballard, Director of IPPSR's State of the State Survey, talk together and share the air with frequent guests monthly. In December, Sarah Reckhow, MSU Associate Professor of Political Science, joins the podcast.

This month's discussion looks back on 2019, ahead to 2020 and to Dr. Reckhow's new research looking into nonprofit philanthropy's effect on governing in financially strapped communities like Flint and Detroit.

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