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Tell us how YOU would fix Michigan’s roads

March 22, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Want to ensure your voice is heard in Michigan’s road debate? Come give us a piece of your mind!

Opinion | There’s another infrastructure that needs maintained - health information

March 22, 2019 | Tim Pletcher in Guest Commentary

Michigan is a leader in health information networks. We need to stay there.

Whitmer’s plan to raise business tax a hard sell to Michigan Legislature

March 22, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The Democratic governor says the increase will likely be offset by tax relief elsewhere. Critics say that’s unlikely and warn that higher taxes will reverse gains Republicans attribute to business-friendly reforms from 2011.

Opinion | As we fix Michigan’s damn roads, fix the damn funding formula

March 22, 2019 | Robert Ficano in Guest Commentary

A law passed in 1951 is short-changing Michigan’s metropolitan areas, where roads are most heavily traveled.

Michigan teachers: Standardized tests are useless and classes are too big

March 20, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Those inside Michigan’s classrooms have some very different views on what works and what doesn’t work to improve education, according to a massive survey of educators across the state.

Study: More Michiganders struggle to afford basic needs

March 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

A new study of the working poor in Michigan, from the Michigan Association of United Ways, suggests that more people, particularly seniors, are finding it difficult to afford necessities such as housing, child care and transportation.

Opinion | Calm down, Michigan, the sky isn’t falling, nor is school funding

March 20, 2019 | Ben DeGrow in Guest Commentary

Michigan Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, penned a guest commentary questioning the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s views on school funding. Here’s the Mackinac Center’s response.

Michigan House approves records transparency for Legislature and Governor

March 19, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Following unanimous House approval, the bipartisan package will now move to a Senate committee, where it could face headwinds.

Rich-poor achievement gap won’t budge. Is investing in teachers an answer?

March 19, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

Students from poor families are, on average, more than two years behind their wealthier classmates. Poverty plays a huge role in student scores, but can boosting teacher quality also help?

Proposed repeal of Michigan ‘pension tax’ prompts fairness debate

March 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Supporters of repealing a 2011 tax on some retirement income say seniors were asked to shoulder more of the state’s income tax burden to offset a business tax break. Advocates for keeping the tax say it treats all retirement income equally.

Opinion | There’s no excuse for Michigan kids going to bed hungry

March 19, 2019 | Phil Knight in Guest Commentary

Too many families deal with food insecurity. We have to work together to end it.

How a typo revived a Michigan fish feud over hungry Yoopers and science

March 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

A brouhaha over brook trout has bubbled up in Michigan, pitting older anglers against downstate ones and prompting questions about whether science or special interests sets policy.

Michigan landfills are a small source for PFAS in waterways, study says

March 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The Michigan Waste and Recycling Association found high levels of PFAS in landfills, illustrating the prevalence of the hazardous chemicals in what Michiganders throw away. But the authority suggests landfills are a small contributor to PFAS in wastewater releases.

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