As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads

As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads

August 15, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders are still meeting to discuss road funding and the 2020 budget, but they haven’t yet reached a compromise. They have until the end of September to pass a budget or risk a shutdown.

As the forest moves back in, pollen is on the rise in Detroit

August 16, 2019 | Lucas Joel in Detroit

        For the first time, researchers are pinpointing where pollen levels are the highest to help residents with allergies and asthma protect themselves.

Opinion | Fund the child, not the ZIP code, in Michigan school budget

August 16, 2019 | Lori Tubbergen Clark in Guest Commentary

A Michigan superintendent takes issue with a recent Bridge guest commentary that argued for equal, rather than equitable, school funding.

Opinion | Michigan conservation officers save lives. Don’t cut our budget.

August 15, 2019 | Dan Eichinger in Guest Commentary

At least 31 people have been saved by Michigan conservation officers since 2015. A budget proposal in the House threatens to eliminate some of those positions at the Department of Natural Resources.

Amid literacy crisis, Michigan’s school librarians have all but disappeared

August 14, 2019 | Koby Levin in Talent & Education

Michigan ranks 47th nationwide in school librarians per pupil. Legislation in Lansing proposes that each school have at least one.  

Opinion | Great Lakes need protection. But shutting Line 5 is foolish.

August 14, 2019 | Steve Bucci in Guest Commentary

Enbridge is taking steps to safeguard the pipeline that pumps $160 million in taxes into Michigan’s economy. Politicians’ knee-jerk proposals to decommission the pipeline would only hurt the working class.

Michigan farm country testifies of widespread crisis as crops go unplanted

August 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

At a legislative hearing, Michigan farmers, academics and public officials predict fallout from bad weather and a trade war will be widespread and long-lasting.

Michigan’s Secretary of State promised 30-minute waits — lines are worse

August 13, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

Jocelyn Benson swept into office vowing to serve customers in 30 minutes. But wait times in 2019 are at their highest in five years, up to two or three hours in some branches. Benson says it's the result of long-term underinvestment to be solved with hard structural change.

Check out wait times at your Michigan Secretary of State offices

August 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

Lines have gotten longer so far this year, compared with wait times in 2018. This Bridge database allows you to see how times have changed in branch offices near you.  

Michigan superintendent: Need more career tech, teachers, mental health care

August 13, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michael Rice steps into Michigan’s top education role with a list of clear initiatives he says will improve academics, and students’ lives.

Voters Not Politicians asks to intervene in Michigan GOP redistricting suit

August 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

VNP, the group behind the successful drive to create an independent body to draw political lines in Michigan, seeks entry in a Republican lawsuit to have that commission shut down before it starts.

Study: Asian carp could thrive in Lake Michigan, despite earlier doubts

August 12, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

 A new University of Michigan study found that voracious bighead carp could survive in wider areas of Lake Michigan than previously thought. The findings loudened calls for Congress to approve a $778 million barrier to prevent the invasive fish from jeopardizing the Great Lakes’ $7 billion commercial fishery. 

Can Mike Duggan demolish his way to a safer Detroit? Studies say maybe

August 12, 2019 | Robin Erb in Detroit

Two studies suggest homicides and aggravated assaults in Detroit dropped more in areas with moderate demolitions. The research, while inconclusive, comes as the mayor prepares to ask voters for more money for the demo blitz.

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