E-scooters are fast, unregulated and all over Detroit. What could go wrong?

E-scooters are fast, unregulated and all over Detroit. What could go wrong?

September 16, 2019 | Michael Jackman

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan invited scooter companies to set up shop last year. Now, the city and others in Michigan are grappling with the consequences.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan claimed scooter injuries are ‘BS.’ They’re not.

September 16, 2019 | Michael Jackman in Detroit

 New research says e-scooters, whose riders frequently don’t wear helmets, are causing a head injury ‘epidemic’ nationwide. One Detroit emergency room alone treats 10-20 injured riders per month.

Phil Power: Tax e-cigarettes to pay for enforcement and treatment

September 16, 2019 | Phil Power in Phil's Column

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent announcement of a ban on flavored vaping products comes amid hundreds of illnesses and a few deaths across the country. There is more to be done to protect teens.

As Michigan schools ban cellphones, reports surface of ‘talking,’ ‘eye contact’

September 13, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Talent & Education

 Studies are increasingly drawing links between heavy student cellphone use and anxiety and lower achievement. In one suburban Grand Rapids district, a phone ban may be spawning something else ... conversation.

Michigan GOP proposes 0.9% funding boost for colleges and universities

September 12, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Most universities and community colleges wouldn’t get enough of a funding hike to cover inflation under the latest budget plan in the Michigan Legislature. That’s frustrating for a state already ranked 44th in the nation in per-pupil funding of higher education.

Michigan schools would get 2.4 percent hike in GOP budget plan

September 12, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on the promise to improve Michigan’s struggling public schools, didn’t get as much as she wanted in next year’s state education budget.

Michigan budget negotiations break down (again) over short-term road funding

September 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

GOP leaders want to include $500 million in road funding in the budget. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democrats say that may get in the way of a long-term deal to commit $2.5 billion a year that’s needed for roads.

Critics rip Michigan vaping ban, citing harm to smokers and vape shops

September 12, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

A legislative hearing in Lansing on Thursday gave lawmakers and shop owners an opportunity to explain the unintended consequences of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s planned ban on flavored vape products.

How Right to Life has dominated Michigan abortion politics since Roe v. Wade

September 12, 2019 | Robin Erb, Cheyna Roth, Craig Mauger in Michigan Health Watch

In a state that favors abortion rights, the group uses a network of ardent volunteers and the “golden ticket” of its candidate endorsements to restrict abortion access. It hopes to make more gains in 2020.

Opinion | Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage hurts kids, says Up North supt.

September 12, 2019 | Louis Steigerwald in Guest Commentary

The substitute teacher crisis shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Michigan schools be shorted in state budgets for years.

Is Michigan school spending up or down? Pension problems muddy the answer

September 11, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The rising cost of unfunded pension liabilities is a drag on Michigan schools, according to a new report.

Opinion | Fix the damn schools, Michigan

September 10, 2019 | Mike Addonizio in Guest Commentary

A Wayne State professor takes political leaders to task for the sorry state of Michigan’s schools.

Whitmer, GOP must solve these 5 disagreements to pass Michigan budget

September 9, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The Oct. 1 deadline for Michigan lawmakers to pass the $60 billion budget is near. Roads talks have been postponed, but there are more disagreements to solve.