Republican ideas to fund Michigan road repairs taking shape over summer

Republican ideas to fund Michigan road repairs taking shape over summer

July 15, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republicans are under pressure to counter Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax proposal to raise $2.5 billion for roads without raising taxes. Among ideas being floated: local gas taxes and pension bonds, both of which carry risks.

Detroit battle over video surveillance reaches fever pitch as crime falls

July 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt in Detroit

An emotional battle over facial recognition software has come to Detroit, one of the nation’s most violent cities, amid questions over the technology’s racial bias.

The University of Michigan invested big in Detroit. Now come the evictions.

July 12, 2019 | Sarah Alvarez in Detroit

U-M’s endowment’s investment in a firm that buys and renovates tax-foreclosed homes in Detroit is prompting evictions and big equity questions in a rapidly changing city. 

U-M’s Schlissel: ‘Our children will suffer’ because of how we treat higher education today

July 12, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The University of Michigan president speaks out on topics ranging from financial aid to road funding in an interview with Bridge Magazine.

Michigan doctors not trained to treat opioid abuse ‒ and don't want to be

July 12, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

A statewide survey found most primary care physicians don’t want training to administer the “gold standard” treatment of opioid abuse, even as overdose deaths tripled in Michigan.

Invasive plants choke Michigan waters. So why can anyone order them online?

July 11, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in Michigan Environment Watch

Residents can order invasive plants through specialty websites, even though they are illegal in Michigan. Is there a better way to protect the state’s fish, waters and tourism industry? 

Enbridge begins geological work for Line 5 tunnel, despite Nessel lawsuit

July 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The energy giant will begin geological sampling this week in the Straits of Mackinac, two weeks after Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit to shut down the dual Line 5 pipelines while separately blocking a $500 million tunnel plan to protect them.

After 10 years of steady growth, Michigan’s economy faces headwinds

July 9, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson in Economy

Michigan’s unemployment remains low and wages are coming back. But the auto industry is transforming, and trade and talent challenges persist across the state.

Opinion | Want Michigan kids to learn science? Take them outside.

July 9, 2019 | Kathleen Bushnell Owsley in Guest Commentary

There’s a growing movement to take students out of the classroom and into nature to learn about the environment and nature. That’s happening in schools and programs around Michigan.

From pastor’s son to power broker, Lee Chatfield takes Lansing

July 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The youngest Michigan Speaker in a century, Chatfield says humility gained through reading Scripture has helped him navigate the political minefields of divided government. The biggest test of his leadership skills is still to come.

3 ways Michigan elections remain vulnerable — and what the state can do about it

July 2, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Elections experts say Michigan is now ahead of the curve in making sure state elections are protected against tampering. But some threats still keep security officials up at night.

Opinion | I’m a 7th-generation Michigan commercial fisherman. 13 are left.

July 2, 2019 | Robert Ruleau in Guest Commentary

Robert Ruleau’s family business has survived weather and invasive species. Now it’s trying to survive the Department of Natural Resources.

Gov. Whitmer to Benton Harbor High: Raise scores, balance books or close

July 1, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Children & Families

The state of Michigan released details of its one-year extension to the impoverished West Michigan school district. Improve performance of its high school or it will be closed next year and students sent to neighboring districts.   

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