MACKINAC ISLAND (WWJ) – At least five Detroit City Council members are attending the 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference this week.

Council President Charles Pugh said it’s an important event for Council to attend although the debate continues over the usefulness of the annual conference on the well-known vacation island.

Pugh said, among the topics he looks forward to tackling, is public transportation.

“You look at how you all could share costs, cut costs. You look at policy issues like mass transit,” Pugh said.

“Yes, we do have the Woodward light rail that… we’re about to do the groundbreaking; we’re in the preliminary stages. But, where is it going? Where is the Woodward light rail going? Right now, it’s going to Eight Mile,” he said.

Pugh said he is also planning to have informal talks with Mayor Dave Bing about the budget while on Mackinac Island. (More on the budget).

Hundreds of Michigan business leaders and politicians will be on Mackinac Island for the annual policy conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. The conference on leadership and reinventing Michigan kicked off Wednesday and runs for three days. Click here for more coverage from the island.


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