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Survey: cost of living, education among top voter priorities for legislature

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Michigan’s new legislative session begins January 3rd. The governor and lawmakers will enter the new year with their top priorities. Michigan residents have theirs as revealed in a recently released statewide poll

The State Innovation Exchange commissioned a survey of 600 likely Michigan voters. SIX as it’s known in political circles, is a national organization assisting state legislators with a focus on policy improving people’s lives.

In the poll conducted by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, 31-percent of Michiganders emphasized improving the economy and lower the cost of living is the top priority.

Improving the quality of education is next on the list with 20-percent indicating education funding should increase. Fourteen percent say affordable health care is most important citing the cost should decrease and the quality increase.

Finally, 12-percent point to enhancing infrastructure including roads, bridges, dams and all forms of water systems.

The survey also asked how the issues should be addressed. The answers included community investment and corporate accountability.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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