Federal government shutdown idles program that could help in Line 5 spill

Federal government shutdown idles program that could help in Line 5 spill

January 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A computer programming system used to protect changes in Great Lakes would predict the direction of oil in the event of a pipeline mishap. But it’s been idled by the shutdown.

Michigan laws shield details of $10M grant to help ex-Republican chair

January 17, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Last month, lawmakers approved funding to help a company headed by a prominent Republican. But there are no records detailing the process. And if they existed, they’d be shielded under Michigan law.

Six systems in 7 years and Michigan students still lag. Now comes A to F.

January 17, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Should schools be graded with a letter? A number? How about a color? How about if we told you none of it has done much to help students? Michigan churns through reform while top states stick with one plan.

In opioid war, studies urge medication. Michigan clinics push abstinence.

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

Slowly, addiction treatment centers in the state are shifting away from old-school abstinence to combining counseling with medication. But experts warn Michigan isn’t moving quickly enough

From opioid-fueled thief to grateful counselor to peers in Michigan

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Children & Families

Kyle Hanshaw lied, stole and tricked doctors to get painkillers. Then he found a Bay City medication treatment program that worked.

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

January 17, 2019 | Ron Koehler in Guest Commentary

You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler

Michigan lawmakers award $10M for project benefitting former GOP chair

January 16, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

A company owned by former Michigan GOP chairman Bobby Schostak will benefit from one of the largest grants of the recent lame-duck spending deal. He says it’s a good investment. Others disagree.

Detroit has another charter commission. Just don’t ask why.

January 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

For the fourth time in 300 years, Detroit has convened a group to examine changes to its governing structure. But even commissioners acknowledge their mission is unclear.

Opinion | Enbridge is wrong, and Line 5 is wrong for Michigan

January 16, 2019 | David Holtz in Guest Commentary

Michigan should be focusing on clean energy, rather than building an oil and gas pipeline for a private company.

Business owners, educators have outsized influence in new Michigan Legislature

January 14, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Nearly a third of the state Legislature is comprised of business owners. Educators, ex-military and law enforcement also represent larger swaths among newly elected members of the Legislature.

With flat budget, Gov. Whitmer’s search for Michigan road money gets harder

January 14, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

New state revenue estimates show Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t have a lot of extra money to work with in her first budget. Lame-duck spending and a 2015 road deal makes the task even trickier.

Michigan’s water crisis is coming to city near you, report says

January 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Public Sector

A new report says Detroit’s beleaguered water system is a harbinger for state and nation. Rising rates could make water unaffordable for 1 in 3 Michiganders in five years.

Drop in hunting, fishing licenses could harm Michigan economy, reports show

January 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan lawmakers need to do a better job to promote hunting and fishing, which remains a $11 billion industry but is suffering as baby boomers get older.

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