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With fewer farmhands, Michigan farmers more willing to buy worker visas

July 25, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

What a difference a Trump Administration makes. Undocumented farm workers are down. And nearly 6,000 agricultural visas have been approved for Michigan farmers this year – 10 times more than 2013.

In Michigan: Who wins, who loses if GOP efforts slay Obamacare

July 17, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Find out what pacemakers, tanning salons and buff young people have in common.

Reviving war on drugs could carry big costs in Michigan

July 6, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving to reverse Obama policies in federal prosecutions that he views as soft on drugs. Doing so, though, could increase costs. A similar tough-on-crime approach in Michigan would reverse years of inmate declines. 

Lansing Republicans drop the mantle of ‘local control’

June 29, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The party of small government has unleashed a barrage of bills that forbid Michigan cities and towns from crafting their own policies relating to zoning, law enforcement, cigarette sales and the environment.

Democrats and Republicans agree: Shut down Enbridge Line 5

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

A strange-bedfellows coalition of Trump supporters and progressive Democrats are finding common ground in opposing the Enbridge oil lines in the Straits of Mackinac, united by deeply personal ties to the Great Lakes.

A cheat sheet to the Enbridge Line 5 controversy

June 27, 2017 | Bob Campbell

Give us five minutes, we’ll give you the basics on this environmental showdown under the Straits of Mackinac.

How many in your county would be most vulnerable to Obamacare repeal?

June 22, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Nancy Derringer

While everyone would feel the impact of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, some are more vulnerable than others. Almost one in 10 Michigan residents have health insurance either through Obamacare individual plans or through Medicaid expansion. See how many in your county would be affected.

Environmental cuts could hobble Pure Michigan

June 22, 2017 | Ron French

Despite broad public support for protecting Michigan’s natural beauty, state and federal budget cuts may stall projects in a state that, after the Flint water disaster, has become synonymous with environmental risk.

Dear teacher: We want to hire you. Here’s a huge pay cut. Sincerely, unions.

June 15, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

At a time of teacher shortages in some cities, union contracts in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids limit what districts can pay to attract experienced teachers from the outside.  

Can Peters and Stabenow help Michigan in a GOP Congress?

June 15, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The state’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats, tell Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative how they plan to improve Michigan’s economy, and the challenges they face when their party is not in power.  

Bridge explains how a Legionnaires’ outbreak led to this week’s stunning manslaughter charges

June 14, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Bridge Magazine reveals how government officials and a major Flint hospital initially failed to alert the public about an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires’, and why the disease’s death count is likely much higher.

With little help from Lansing, schools raise money from local taxpayers

June 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Cash-strapped intermediate school districts are tapping a little-used regional tax option, with two successful campaigns in recent months. Other regions are likely to copy the strategy.

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