Republican bill would shield donors to ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan

Republican bill would shield donors to ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan

November 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey wants to ban state agencies from seeking the names of donors to political nonprofits. The bill comes as Dems are about to take over the offices of Attorney General and Secretary of State.

Forum proposes 5 ways to fix Detroit's problems with frequent school changes

November 16, 2018 | Koby Levin in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

A Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat forum searches for solutions to fix Detroit's persistent problems with students changing classes. 

Opinion | With Michigan at a crossroads, here’s a roadmap for Lansing

November 16, 2018 | Eric Scorsone in Guest Commentary

A series of expert reports on Michigan’s economy and budget, Great Lakes and water management and other issues will help our new governor and legislature address the state’s most critical challenges

Gretchen Whitmer inherits a stable economy, but an unforgiving budget

November 15, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Michigan’s next governor takes office with an economy that’s humming. But the state budget is limited by existing spending deals, Republican opposition and the prospect of an economic downtown, which could foil Whitmer’s policy goals.

Once embarrassed by its graduation numbers, Wayne State becomes a model

November 15, 2018 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Graduating less than half your students in six years doesn’t seem worth bragging about. Until you see the trend line. WSU just won a national award for improving grad rates, particularly for black students.

Opinion | Healthy food access is still a need for Michigan families

November 15, 2018 | Mariam Noland in Guest Commentary

One-in-six Michigan residents struggle with hunger each year. Some programs have helped, but there’s a need for more.

Opinion | Addressing adverse childhood experiences vital to Michigan’s future

November 13, 2018 | Rick Murdock in Guest Commentary

The issues faced by kids affect them the rest of their lives. The best way to move Michigan forward in the long run is to address those childhood issues.

Michigan waited years to heed warnings on PFAS dangers, expert says

November 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A DEQ veteran sounded alarms about threats to waters in 2010. Seven years later, Michigan took action. ‘I was at the edge of the abyss looking into hell,” scientist testifies.

5 places where Michigan’s governor and legislature can make deals

November 13, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

From roads to water to job training, state residents are counting on Michigan Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer and a Republican Legislature to set partisanship aside and start solving problems. See where they might find common ground.

Michigan Supreme Court up for grabs after 2018 election

November 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs in Public Sector

Out with a reliable conservative justice, in with a progressive, and it’s anyone’s guess which way a more closely divided high court in Michigan will swing following years of Republican advantage.

Opinion | Am I a burden on America, asks immigrant son now a Harvard doctor

November 13, 2018 | David Duong in Guest Commentary

David Duong argues that his family is exactly the kind of family that wouldn’t be admitted to America under new proposed rules.

You’ll never guess which Michigan counties loved weed (Kidding, you will)

November 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

The home counties of some of the Michigan's biggest universities gave a big thumbs up to Proposal 1, legalizing recreational marijuana. 

Proposal to end gerrymandering resonated in red and blue Michigan

November 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Michigan's Proposal 2, a ballot measure to take the drawing of legislative lines out of politicians’ hands in an effort to end gerrymandering was supported by voters across the state, from Democratic strongholds to Republican ones as well.

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