Guest Commentary

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Concentrated benefits, diffused costs: How popular are public subsidies of private business, anyway?

January 27, 2017 | James H. Hohman

One way to find out would be to put these economic-development handouts to a vote. San Diego said no to a new stadium, but Detroiters didn’t get a voice on theirs.

Affordable Care Act more essential in rural areas, which face suffering

January 27, 2017 | Margaret Greenwood-Erickson, Mahshid Abir

Two University of Michigan physician/researchers anticipate Obamacare repeal’s harshest consequences will land in rural America.

What does it really cost to educate students? Let’s take another stab at figuring it out.

January 23, 2017 | Gilda Jacobs, Rob Fowler

Michigan school finance needs rethinking if schools are to thrive. Another study, funded in part by the Small Business Association, will help clarify how.

It melts ice in winter. It degrades infrastructure year-round. Is road salt worth it?

January 23, 2017 | Art Myatt

At a time when the state needs every extra penny to repair, replace and upgrade its roads and bridges, why are we pouring a corrosive chemical on them?

Education proposals this year could further harm Michigan students

January 19, 2017 | Amber Arellano

Michigan is already far behind leading states. So why is the state considering measures that reduce accountability and funding while making it harder for parents to get honest information on school performance?

Beyond suspension or expulsion, ‘restorative practices’ is more thoughtful discipline

January 13, 2017 | Bill Sower

We don’t put children in dunce caps or make them stand in the corner anymore. RP is an alternative that can be used for in-school offenses both serious and less so.

Medicaid integration can be a health-care success story

January 6, 2017 | Rick Murdock

Michigan effectively manages its Medicaid system through a privatized system, and consumers should not fear integrating mental and behavioral health. A forthcoming report should offer new ideas.

No tampering found in Michigan presidential vote on Election Day

December 19, 2016 | Alexander Rosaen

Anderson Economic Group reached this conclusion based on its forensic analysis of county-level vote totals in Michigan.

Snyder should veto ill-considered legislative bullying of home rule

December 19, 2016 | George Heartwell

Communities are best-served by their local governments. So why does the Legislature care whether some make their own policies about plastic bags?

Michigan’s election system does not count every vote

December 16, 2016 | Alan Fox

Aging equipment, confused voters and plain old human error spoils a certain number of ballots every election. Other humans try to sort things out.

A new absentee option will make voting process easier, but still secure

December 9, 2016 | Ruth Johnson

Two bills introduce a seventh option for voters who can’t make it to the polls on election day.

Conservative Energy Forum on state’s electricity: Not many sparks

December 9, 2016 | Larry Ward

For such an essential service, Michigan’s record for reliability of its electrical grid is pretty dismal. And we’re not doing all that well by the planet, either.

Selling yourself at the business holiday party

December 8, 2016 | Doug Brown

Tips for networking at a holiday party, and pitfalls to avoid. Spoiler alert: Concentrate more on the business part than the partying.

Isn’t unemployment enough of a burden without a kick from a robo-enforcer?

December 2, 2016 | Bob Cramer

This lame-duck session, Michigan lawmakers need to end the victimization of the unemployed, via an out-of-control computer system.

School choice and quality don’t always go together

December 2, 2016 | Paul Ruth

It’s essential for our communities to have quality education available for their children. But choice isn’t the way to get there

Vulnerable kids can’t improve reading if their parents can’t help

December 1, 2016 | Michele Corey

A new law that will hold back students who can’t read by third grade is intended to boost early reading skills so that retention is not necessary. For this to work, state must take steps to help low-education parents help their children at home

How bottled water undermines public trust

November 18, 2016 | Eric Baerren

Michigan tap water is clean, safe and cheap, but people who profit from putting it in a bottle would like you to suspect theirs is better. That's good for profits, but bad for the public

Here’s looking at you, kids, and we’ll help you get a good start

November 11, 2016 | La June Montgomery Tabron, Rip Rapson

Two prominent foundations are launching an initiative to put attention and resources into early childhood, when they’re most likely to pay lasting dividends

Faced with a labor shortage, companies create their own pipeline

November 11, 2016 | Aaron Price

Skilled labor apprentices is not a new idea. But this company adapted it to their industry, and their new employees’ needs