Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan.
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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.
Fully half of the $1.2 billion road deal will have to be diverted from the state’s general fund, which means inevitable cuts to education, safety net benefits and the like. By that time, most of the architects of this deal will be out of office.
“Insider baseball,” sure, but on legislation that could make a big impact on public education
Encouraging investment in human capital is one of the most important policy priorities for Michigan in the next decade
True excellence brings with it the impulse for aspiration, a model for following, a standard that invites achievement, for all of Michigan.