What to expect when you're expecting a Michigan government shutdown

What to expect when you're expecting a Michigan government shutdown

September 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

From student financial aid and liquor, to state parks and hunting and fishing licenses, here’s what services might be temporarily blocked if state leaders don’t strike a budget deal by Oct. 1.

Opinion | Don’t flunk lagging Michigan third-grade readers – reduce class size

September 18, 2019 | Barbara Gottschalk in Guest Commentary

Reading scores are going down in Michigan despite efforts. Maybe it’s time to redirect that early literacy funding toward reducing class size, says one teacher.

As Detroit schools rebuild, a veteran and aviation academy show a way forward

September 17, 2019 | Koby Levin in Talent & Education

Backers of Davis Aerospace Technical Academy refused to allow Detroit to shut one of the only high schools in the nation to train aviation mechanics. Their success suggests a disconnect between Detroiters and their schools is beginning to mend.

Ossian Sweet defied segregation. Now his Detroit home will be a museum.

September 17, 2019 | Kyla Smith in Detroit

The black doctor stood up to a white mob upset that he moved into their neighborhood, igniting one of the most important –  and incendiary – housing discrimination cases in history. A fundraising effort is underway to make his former home a museum.

Opinion | A defense of Enbridge, its environmental record and Line 5

September 17, 2019 | Brad Shamla in Guest Commentary

The vice president of Enbridge’s U.S. operations makes a case for why the company that operates Line 5 under the Mackinac Straits should be trusted.  

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

September 16, 2019 | Michael Jackman in Detroit

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.