Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan.
Bridge Magazine’s new book on the Flint water crisis, “Poison on Tap,” reminds readers what can happen when our institutions start breaking down.
It’s time for leaders in the legislature to put aside short-term skirmishes that produce momentary headlines and focus on longer-term imperatives that will leave a lasting mark.
State policies over many decades are choking off revenue to cities across the state. Is Michigan willing to change?
Acceleration of events imposes dimly perceived but very important changes in the way we think
On a trip overseas, the perils of international free-trade agreements appear in China, and the wonders of a strong infrastructure unfold at 200-mph in Japan.
This year, The Center for Michigan’s public outreach campaign focuses on how to restore public confidence in government. Signing up for our local Community Conversations allows you to be part of the solution
All it takes is an inattentive or bored citizenry to set the stage for the decline of the republic
If the experience in Flint teaches anything, it’s that when lots of local people complain loudly and persistently about things going wrong, usually there is something going wrong
We are witnessing the slow deterioration of a political system that is showing itself incapable of governing our country effectively
The catastrophe in Genesee keeps revealing itself, with lesson after lesson on how to miss seeing, and mishandle, a modern meltdown
As we ponder conflicting accusations of who is to blame for the water disaster in Flint and the financial crisis in Detroit’s public schools, let’s also take a moment to consider some of the root causes that led to these emergencies and how to fix them.
The fact Trump, Cruz and Sanders are all contending indicates conventional wisdom isn’t anymore, so all bets are off
Emergency managers threaten the trust local residents have in government. They should be used carefully, with concern for the health and welfare of those affecte
The death of a former school superintendent underscores the importance of leaders who can bind a community together
The state’s slow response to lead poisoning in Flint and school debt in Detroit shows a government unable to execute important tasks in the public interes
Bold public-private partnerships could offer a model for conserving Michigan’s ecologically important landscapes and the wildlife that live on the
Envisioning a future in which nativist know-nothings duke it out against an elite political establishment
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Ordinary citizens now trapped in endless pro- and anti-government arguments may suddenly be able to escape from that sterile maze, thanks to technology.