Mackinac Center Vice President for Marketing and Communications John Mozena (right) appeared on CBS Detroit’s “Michigan Matters” with host Carol Cain to debate Ned Staebler, vice president for economic development at Wayne State University, on the merits of the 20-year master plan for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeastern Michigan.

Mackinac Center analysts and journalists uncovered and publicized a number of flaws in the RTA’s plan, including unrealistic assumptions regarding state and federal funding levels. On Election Day, its millage ballot proposal was narrowly defeated thanks to active opposition by grassroots community organizers who were massively outspent by pro-RTA corporate and government forces.