With city in limbo, Benton Harbor prepares new pitch to save its high school

With city in limbo, Benton Harbor prepares new pitch to save its high school

July 19, 2019 | Ron French

As veteran teachers flee the troubled district, Benton Harbor officials will try to sell Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on giving them at least four years to fix their struggling high school.

Students to University of Michigan: Stop funding Detroit evictions

July 19, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova in Talent & Education

A group of students petitioned the Board of Regents to cut a $30 million investment from the school’s endowment fund to a firm whose work in Detroit has led to some housing evictions.

Will this application help Michigan select a fair redistricting commission?

July 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The Secretary of State has released a proposed application to serve on the new redistricting commission. The public can offer comment through Aug. 9.

Opinion | U-M’s investment is helping us improve Detroit, not evict people.

July 18, 2019 | Jordan Friedman, Corey Hanker in Guest Commentary

Two developers respond to a Bridge Magazine article about their investments in Detroit. ‘Our focus is increasing availability of affordable, quality housing for the city’s residents.’

New rules to give residents of poor cities piece of Michigan pot industry

July 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The state’s marijuana regulatory industry announced rules to give license discounts for qualified residents in cities that were most heavily targeted for pot crimes. An industry official said the rules are well-meaning, but she doubts their impact.

Michigan prison inmates need job skills, but technology books are banned

July 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Basic reference books on computers and electronics, starting a business or even driving a truck are prohibited as perceived threats to the “order and security” of prisons. Officials say they are now rethinking this policy.

Opinion | Benton Harbor’s school crisis needs more than a bandage fix

July 18, 2019 | Tom Watkins in Guest Commentary

Benton Harbor is in danger of losing its high school because of poor academic performance and debilitating debt. A former state superintendent says the district’s struggles should be a wake-up call for Michigan.

Michigan Supreme Court hears debate on minimum wage, sick leave laws

July 17, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Does Michigan’s constitution allow the legislature to adopt and amend citizen initiatives in the same two-year term, or does it explicitly prohibit the practice? It’s now up to the state’s highest court to decide.

Opinion | Please, Michigan Supreme Court, restore public will on minimum wage

July 17, 2019 | Maria Van Core in Guest Commentary

Michigan’s Supreme Court justices should restore the minimum wage increase that the public wanted last year – and the Legislature weakened in lame duck.

What to know about the Michigan minimum wage law before the Supreme Court

July 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Michigan’s high court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether Republican efforts to pass the ballot measure, then gut it, violated the constitution. That does not mean the court will decide the matter, at least right now.

Paid sick leave: What to know about the Michigan law before the Supreme Court

July 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The high court is hearing arguments Wednesday on whether Republicans in Lansing acted lawfully in passing a paid sick leave bill last year before neutering it. The court may offer its opinion, or it may not, raising the specter of a formal lawsuit. 

Opinion | I’m an economist and I support payday loans

July 17, 2019 | Gary Wolfram in Guest Commentary

Sure, payday loans charge 400 percent interest. But they can help low-income Michigan residents make it to their next payday, says a Hillsdale College economist.

Think it’s hot now? Michigan’s 90° days could quadruple in 20 years

July 16, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova in Michigan Environment Watch

Climate change could bring sweltering, dangerous summers to the Midwest, a new report warns, with 34 days per year above 90° if nothing is done. Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor and Monroe would be the hottest.

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