Let It Rip Weekend: E-Cigarettes, Detroit's Grand Bargain & Road

Let It Rip Weekend: E-Cigarettes, Detroit's Grand Bargain & Road Funding

Let It Rip Weekend: E-Cigarettes, Detroit's Grand Bargain & Road Funding

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On this edition we re-ignite the e-cigarette debate.  Should the state regulate e-cigs like tobacco?  Doing so would make it subject to Michigan's indoor smoking ban and the same taxes that are levied on cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco.  Charles Elias, one of the owners of Vaporcraft in Clawson, thinks that's a terrible idea.  In fact, he says it'll cause more people to die from smoking-related illnesses.  But Dr. Matthew Davis says e-cigs are tobacco products, so they should be treated as such.  He's the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Next, we move to Detroit's grand bargain to backfill retiree pensions and save the art at the D.I.A.  It passed the state house and now moves to the senate for approval.  State Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) thinks his colleagues (both Republicans and Democrats) will approve it, because what's good for Detroit is good for the entire state.  But Scott Hagerstrom from Americans for Prosperity Michigan thinks it's a bad deal for taxpayers.  He thinks the city should consider selling some of its assets to pay its debts.

Finally, Hagerstrom and Sen. Johnson stick around to talk about road funding.  Should Michiganders chip in even more money to pay for all of those re-paving projects around the state?  It doesn't take long for the fireworks to start flying on this one.
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