All systems go once again for Michigan’s $2.5M rocket plan

All systems go once again for Michigan’s $2.5M rocket plan

April 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A controversial grant to fund Michigan’s foray into the space race is revived after being grounded by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Q&A: How Michigan social studies became a ‘pawn in partisan games’

April 24, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The state education official in charge of the five-year odyssey to update school social studies standards is tired of her department being used as a political punching bag

Michigan is obese, unhealthy and dying young. And that's costing billions.

April 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

From Detroit to Clare, poor choices and limited access to health care have added up to lower lifetimes for many state residents, making health a gnawing but significant concern to those who live in Michigan and those leading it.

How healthy is your Michigan county? Use this map to find out.

April 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Health Watch

From Escanaba to Adrian, Michigan’s health challenges are similar yet different. Use this map to explore a variety of metrics, from infant mortality and obesity to life expectancy.

Introducing Michigan Health Watch ‒ the health coverage Michigan deserves

April 24, 2019 | David Zeman in Michigan Health Watch

Bridge Magazine is launching three monthly newsletters, two dealing with healthcare and a third specifically focused on mental health.

Michigan Senate panel rejects Whitmer gas tax, as budget dance continues

April 23, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Senate Republicans adopted a state transportation budget without any new long-term funding for roads. That proposal will come this summer, Republicans said.

Electric car fees in Michigan would soar under Whitmer’s roads plan

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to boost gas taxes by 45 cents would also make Michigan’s electric vehicle fees the highest in the nation. Critics say that comes atop other state policies that have discouraged sales of cleaner cars.

DTE chief: We’re cutting carbon because it’s ‘defining issue of our era’

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The energy company is accelerating its goal of cutting emissions by 80 percent. CEO Gerry Anderson says the company is ramping up solar and wind energy.

Cutting energy costs can be expensive. Michigan’s green bank can help.

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A nonprofit known as Michigan Saves helps with financing and other efforts to cut sometimes exorbitant costs of becoming energy efficient.

Michigan mulls lifting barrier to solar energy on farmland

April 23, 2019 | Andy Balaskovitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A task force is considering whether farmers enrolled in a preservation program should be allowed to add solar panels.

Michigan environment roundup: Minnesota has Isle Royale envy

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Dana Nessel, in a nod to Michigan workers, creates payroll fraud unit

April 22, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The attorney general, who received heavy union support in her campaign, said Monday she will go after Michigan companies that don’t pay full wages and benefits to employees through a new payroll fraud unit

When Michigan school districts go into debt, kids and communities pay price

April 22, 2019 | Emily Richmond in Public Sector

Michigan is among a dozen states that don’t provide funding to build or maintain buildings. That’s left districts like Whitmore Lake facing debt after trying to finance capital projects. How many more Michigan districts are in trouble?