Enbridge lost rods in the Straits. It didn’t tell Michigan for two months.

December 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Enbridge says the accident involving lost rods at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac doesn’t pose an environmental risk. But some environmental groups are worried it indicates problems to come. 

Larry Inman trial highlights blurred lines and boozy underbelly of Michigan politics

December 5, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Testimony in state Rep. Larry Inman’s criminal trial for alleged extortion and bribery has showed unsavory side of Michigan’s political system. And Thursday, the case forced one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers to take the stand.  

Opinion | We’re changing the rules for factory farms in Michigan

December 5, 2019 | Gail Philbin, Rebecca Wolf in Guest Commentary

Michigan is nearing common sense reforms of factory farms, but Big Ag is determined to block them.

Appeals court: Michigan workers can seek damages for false fraud claims

December 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

The Court of Appeals rules on a lawsuit on behalf of workers falsely accused of unemployment fraud by a state agency computer system.

Community college costs soar in Michigan. Blame sinking state aid.

December 4, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

The cost of attending a community college varies widely in Michigan, with schools in suburban Detroit half the cost of colleges elsewhere in the state.

Detroit Chamber: Metro students must finish degrees to find good jobs

December 4, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in Talent & Education

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s first State of Education report bemoans high dropout rates in postsecondary education, leaving students with debt but not the credentials to get solid jobs with local employers.


Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

December 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Michigan lawmakers passed bills Wednesday that reflect an agreement to return $573.5 million to the state budget. A deal would restore funding to popular GOP programs, including money for charter schools, autism programming and rural hospitals.

Opioid addiction treatment just got easier for thousands in Michigan

December 3, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

The state’s health department struck down a red tape obstacle to “gold standard” treatment that can help patients with addictions.

Feds: Union solicited by state Rep. Larry Inman worked to recall him

December 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

The trial began Tuesday for Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) on charges of allegedly soliciting a bribe, extortion and lying to the FBI.


After 3 years of substitute teachers, this Michigan girl may flunk 3rd grade

December 3, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Sabrina, 8, is caught in the crossfire of two state education crises – the state’s new third-grade “read-or-flunk” law and an explosion in the use of uncertified long-term substitute teachers in state classrooms.

Support Bridge this holiday season and your dollar goes twice as far

December 3, 2019 | John Bebow in The Center for Michigan

Celebrate #GivingNewsDay by doubling your donation to Bridge.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: ‘Bat-sh*t crazy’ jab doesn’t help resolve budget

December 2, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Gretchen Whitmer responds to criticism from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and says both sides are no closer to finding a compromise on a weeks-long budget stalemate over $1 billion in cuts and transfers. Shirkey apologized again Monday afternoon.

Quid pro quo? Larry Inman trial to test limits of campaign cash solicitations

December 2, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

State Rep. Larry Inman is far from the only lawmaker who has solicited campaign contributions from special interest groups. But federal prosecutors allege he offered to sell his vote in exchange for donations.