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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.

Win some, lose some: Getting local voters to pay more for schools

June 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Voters have said “yes” to two recent regional tax increases for schools. They sent others to resounding defeat

This law promised medical hope for dying patients. Was it a cruel deception?

June 8, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan’s Right-to-Try law offers terminally ill patients quicker access to  experimental drugs. More than two years later, not a single patient appears to have been helped. A Bridge Magazine investigation explains why.

Six ways Trump budget could threaten Michigan environment (SLIDESHOW)

May 4, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

A budget deal granted a reprieve to a popular Great Lakes program. But rivers, lakes and air could still be at risk, environmentalists warn.

Gerrymandering in Michigan is among the nation’s worst, new test claims

April 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Heard of the ‘efficiency gap’? You may soon. It’s key to a Wisconsin redistricting lawsuit that could eventually affect how Michigan’s lines are drawn.

Interactive map: See how districts are drawn in YOUR community

April 13, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

How gerrymandered are YOUR political districts? Check our maps.

An uphill fight to take redistricting out of politicians’ hands

April 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Grassroots activists seek a referendum on alternatives to gerrymandering. The odds are stacked against them.

Is the Michigan Supreme Court trying to make it harder to punish bad judges?

April 4, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The high court is considering rule changes that critics say will make it harder to prosecute inept or crooked judges and delay the public release of misconduct charges.

Obamacare survives, but some rural hospitals may not

March 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Rural residents depend on small medical facilities for chemotherapy, emergency care and other critical procedures. Hospital chiefs across northern Michigan say that ongoing efforts to dismantle Obamacare could put them out of business.  

Is Lansing trying to steer funds reserved for recreation land?

March 28, 2017 | Ron French

For decades, a nonpartisan trust enshrined in the Michigan Constitution has decided how to expand public recreation areas in the state. Now, a northern Michigan senator is saying the Legislature should have a voice in the trust’s spending choices.

Michigan residents to Lansing: We don’t trust you to do the basics

March 21, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

People across the state told The Center for Michigan they have fundamental doubts about the government’s ability to deliver on education, public health, campaign transparency and other critical functions

Michiganders say emergency managers wield too much power

March 21, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

With Flint on their minds, state residents are overwhelmingly opposed to Michigan’s divisive emergency manager law and want the state should work more collaboratively with locally elected officials.  

Download a copy of "Fractured Trust: Lost faith in state government and how to restore it"

March 21, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Download a PDF of the final report of The Center for Michigan's 2016 statewide public engagement campaign

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

March 16, 2017 | Bob Campbell

State Department veterans Jack Segal and Karen Puschel are selling out lecture halls in Northwest Michigan discussing American foreign policy in the Age of Trump. No shouting. No fistfights. What’s their secret?

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