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100 workers recalled. Then they all flunked their drug tests.

July 18, 2017 | Chad Selweski

Michigan companies can’t fill jobs because too many people have opioids or pot in their systems. Is the answer more testing? Or none?

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

May 9, 2017 | John Bebow, Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Lawmakers want a tax cut. The governor wants billions more for schools, roads and water safety. Are we taxed too little or too much? We explain what it all means to you – in 11 bite-sized reports.

Higher taxes for schools? A big fight brews in Utah

May 9, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A group of powerful Utah business leaders is pushing for more money for that state’s schools. Utah lawmakers are having none of it.

Snyder’s former budget chief points to Michigan’s way forward

May 9, 2017 | Bridge Staff

A Q-and-A with John Nixon, Gov. Rick Snyder’s lauded budget guru before he left in 2014.

Take a trip through the Michigan Tax Time Machine (SLIDESHOW)

May 9, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Michigan used to have plenty of jobs, high wages – and high taxes. Not so today. Travel briefly through time to see how what Michigan collects in taxes has shrunk over a generation – and why we now struggle to fund the basics.

After three years, Michigan’s working poor are still stuck

April 4, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Despite rising wages and declining jobless rates, four in 10 Michigan households remain unable to afford basic living necessities.

Check out Michigan’s hottest residential markets

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Homes in these cities now exceed 2008 property values, even as much of the rest of the state still recovers from the Great Recession

Farmland prices soar in Michigan

March 23, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Rising crop prices fueled a surge in land values, and larger investments in Michigan farms

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