Phil's Column

Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan. 


Road deal made by politicians who won’t face the consequences

November 10, 2015 | Phil Power

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.

The fight for teacher evaluation reform

November 3, 2015 | Phil Power

“Insider baseball,” sure, but on legislation that could make a big impact on public education

Raising the talent level of Michigan workers

October 27, 2015 | Phil Power

Encouraging investment in human capital is one of the most important policy priorities for Michigan in the next decade

Seeking excellence, without apology

October 13, 2015 | Phil Power

True excellence brings with it the impulse for aspiration, a model for following, a standard that invites achievement, for all of Michigan.

A Maasai warrior, with one foot in a more modern world

October 6, 2015 | Phil Power

The traditions of African culture run up against opportunities for prosperity in a developing Kenya.

Correcting corrections would save money, but carry risks

September 29, 2015 | Phil Power

With prisons gobbling 20 percent of state spending, policymakers are grappling how to reduce Michigan's incarcerated population while still keeping those on the outside safe.

Tell state leaders what you want at fall conferences

September 22, 2015 | Phil Power

Three Center for Michigan conferences this fall will put state political, business and education leaders in the same room with ordinary Michigan residents to talk college affordability, job training and career opportunities.

Donald Trump and The Center for Michigan

September 15, 2015 | Phil Power

Both Trump and the Center, in VERY different ways, are working to impact a troubled political system.

Celebrating Bridge’s growth and impact at age 4

September 8, 2015 | Phil Power

Four years in, Bridge Magazine is helping to shape the policy conversation in Michigan with research-based, bipartisan reporting on issues important to the state.

Make this cherry pie for Fourth of July

June 30, 2015 | Phil Power

Five generations of the Power family are tied to the Montmorency “sour” cherries of northern Michigan. Now, put them in your belly!

On the summer solstice, a meditation on gardens and life.

June 23, 2015 | Phil Power

A promise of beauty and wisdom amid the wonders of Michigan.

The time is now to reform prisons, save taxpayers money

June 16, 2015 | Phil Power

Momentum is building among conservative policymakers to reduce costs in the state’s expensive prison system

After preschool gains, Michigan should now turn to 0-3 child policies

June 9, 2015 | Phil Power

Programs that help vulnerable families with pregnancy and infant care, as well as child-care options, are shown to pay dividends for early learning.

A roads solution for Michigan

May 19, 2015 | Phil Power

Like the aftermath of a sudden spring snowstorm, the ground is blanketed with various proposals to fix Michigan’s roads. And most have something else in common with spring snow: They’re likely to have melted into the ground once the sun comes out.

Proposal 1 crash shows lawmakers out of touch

May 12, 2015 | Phil Power

In today’s digital world, old school political leadership mechanisms don’t work well anymore.

Finding a haven for the moderate middle

May 5, 2015 | Phil Power

Common-sense solutions should constitute a third force in Michigan politics, which could move our two entrenched political parties toward collaboration for the public good.

Leaving elections in the hands of plutocrats

April 28, 2015 | Phil Power

There is something deeply disgusting when a very few people dominate financing of our ostensibly “democratic” political system without even the pretense of public engagement.

A broken back, polio and the test of character

April 21, 2015 | Phil Power

A book recounting how FDR’s struggles with polio helped shape his worldview reminds the author of a turning point in his own life.

Early learning summit in June could impact Michigan’s children

April 14, 2015 | Phil Power

The CMU event, open to the public, will bring experts on early childhood development from around the world to Michigan.

Could a public boarding school model work in Detroit?

April 7, 2015 | Phil Power

A program in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Miami holds promise for low-income students, but going big with this reform carries its own risks.