Center for Michigan Founder and Chairman Phil Power was the owner of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 64 community newspapers in Michigan and the Upper Midwest that together won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country. He sold his newspapers in 2005 and founded The Center in 2006. Power graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1962-64. The former U-M Regent helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 19, 2017 | Phil Power
Michigan’s public education system is so disjointed that it’s impossible to know who to hold accountable. Lose the school board and make the governor responsible for turning around our state’s declining schools.
September 12, 2017 | Phil Power
Michigan is now an educational backwater, for wealthy white kids along with poor students of color. But Lansing is more focused on tax breaks than our children’s economic future.
July 25, 2017 | Phil Power
The university’s commitment to top-flight research and activism is celebrated by an alum who bleeds maize and blue.
July 17, 2017 | Phil Power
The memories of the burning and looting remain deeply engraved as a cautionary tale of how things can go south so quickly
June 27, 2017 | Phil Power
Will the U.S. Supreme Court strike down a Wisconsin system that heavily favors one political party over another? If so, watch for seismic changes in states like Michigan.
June 20, 2017 | Phil Power
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley’s initiative would only double down on the inexperience that’s already hurting the Legislature’s ability to pass good policy
May 30, 2017 | Phil Power
Memorial Day reminds of our national values and shared sacrifice
May 9, 2017 | Phil Power
Automation, globalization and fears raised by immigrants raise political stress that will only yield to leaders who can bring people together.
May 2, 2017 | Phil Power
Phil Power visits three candidates, Dan Kildee, Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer, all likely to seek the governorship in 2018. All are smart and able, but each has yet to find a theme that can bring Michiganders together.
April 19, 2017 | Phil Power
The riot – or rebellion, as some call it – raised long-suppressed issues of race, poverty, joblessness and despair among African-American Detroiters. How much has truly changed?
March 28, 2017 | Phil Power
Michiganders told us they can’t count on Lansing to handle the basics. Ending term limits and legislative gerrymandering are two ways to make politicians more responsive to all residents.
March 21, 2017 | Phil Power
If we don’t have public confidence in our system of representative government and in our political leaders to reform and improve, our options are pretty much reduced to chaos or authoritarianism.
March 7, 2017 | Phil Power
How you can help the state clean up the best of the worst examples of incomprehensible government forms, laws or other documents.
February 7, 2017 | Phil Power
Bridge Magazine just won its second straight “Newspaper of the Year” award. Dogged reporting like that shown in uncovering some mysterious pneumonia deaths near Flint is one reason why.
January 31, 2017 | Phil Power
Lawmakers are floating elimination of the state’s income tax at a time when evidence shows that Michigan desperately needs more state revenues to fix crumbling roads and keep drinking water safe.
January 18, 2017 | Phil Power
Living in a post-fact world, in which there is no independent standard by which to judge the accuracy of any assertion.