Gretchen Whitmer wants free college in Michigan. Can that cut skills gap?

Gretchen Whitmer wants free college in Michigan. Can that cut skills gap?

April 24, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan Business groups and even some Republicans back the Democratic governor’s plan to ease college access. But a Detroit study suggests free tuition plans are more apt to fail without extra support like counselors.

Civil asset forfeiture bills headed to Gov. Whitmer

April 25, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Police would no longer be able to take assets from people they arrest unless there’s a criminal conviction, under a bill going to the governor’s desk. It’s an early area of bipartisan agreement in the Michigan legislature.

Michigan’s political districts illegally gerrymandered, court rules

April 25, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin in Public Sector

A three-judge panel finds that 34 districts were drawn in 2011 to benefit Republicans and orders special elections in 2020.  

Nessel pushes ruling on Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to high court

April 25, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will not write an opinion on last-minute GOP changes to wage and sick leave laws passed in December. Instead, she deferred to the state Supreme Court on whether the changes were constitutional.  

Opinion | Ending pot board is Whitmer payback to Michigan marijuana lobby

April 24, 2019 | Don Bailey in Guest Commentary

Licensing board member Don Bailey accuses Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel of putting political favors ahead of public safety and  predicts the criminal element will thrive in marijuana industry.

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

April 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Public Sector

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.

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