Phil Power

Center for Michigan Founder and Chairman Phil Power was the owner of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 64 community newspapers in Michigan and the Upper Midwest that together won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country. He sold his newspapers in 2005 and founded The Center in 2006. Power graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1962-64. The former U-M Regent helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He welcomes your comments at ppower@hcn.net.

Articles

How to bring the Michigan Truth Tour to your town this election year

April 17, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine tour is designed to elevate citizen engagement as the state faces critical decisions on how to lift Michigan’s fortunes going forward.

Lawmakers fiddle as Michigan burns

April 10, 2018 | Phil Power

The public wants Lansing to fix the roads, improve education and keep our water safe and clean. In response: Nothing.

Michigan’s #1 election issue is education

March 27, 2018 | Phil Power

Tolerating continued deterioration of our schools contributes to the long-term abuse of our children. Don’t vote for any candidate who lacks a detailed, long-term turnaround plan.

The best hedge against fake news is the Michigan Truth Tour

March 13, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are countering the pernicious effect of misleading online “news stories” by bringing rigorous, fact-based events and reporting to Michigan’s 2018 elections.

Why Michigan schools fail, and what to do about it

March 6, 2018 | Phil Power

Absent changes to the state constitution, the pressure is on lawmakers to rescue our schools from the abyss

Will Florida shootings shift Republican dogma on guns?

February 27, 2018 | Phil Power

High school students around the country seem to be executing the transformation from observers of repeated classroom shootings, to survivors, and finally to drivers of political protest.

Allowing governor to name college boards is a quick fix. But is it wise?

February 13, 2018 | Phil Power

There are risks in any sudden and hasty attempts to radically impose change on a system that has served Michigan pretty well over the years.

As Gov. Snyder fades, searching for bipartisan solutions in Lansing

January 30, 2018 | Phil Power

Public revulsion at the nakedly partisan nonsense in Lansing and Washington has grown so strongly that it's possible there might emerge an opening for a bipartisan effort to undo our deadlocked democracy.

Amazon to Michigan: Fix your schools!

January 23, 2018 | Phil Power

The link between struggling schools and a paucity of job talent has been clear for years. Those running for state office in 2018 need to make education gains job one.

Feel ignored in Lansing? Let us help you find your voice.

January 22, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are devoting 2018 to making Michigan residents the best informed, most factually grounded electorate in our history. Check out what we’re doing.

Forget the gossip, focus on the character of our elected leaders

January 9, 2018 | Phil Power

If we focus solely on candidates’ backgrounds and policy positions, we won’t learn enough about how they are likely to behave in office.

Remembering an icon of the Upper Peninsula

January 4, 2018 | Phil Power

Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini never forgot his roots and nourished the soil that rooted him

A heartfelt thanks

January 4, 2018 | Phil Power

Thanks so much to all our readers who supported Bridge in 2017.

Sander Levin and a family’s good name

December 12, 2017 | Phil Power

America's reserve of thoughtful, decent and able politicians continues its seemingly remorseless decline.

Singing Christmas carols in an age of narrow sectarianism

December 5, 2017 | Phil Power

Our national culture trumps political correctness every time.

Help Bridge Magazine deliver the facts in 2018 elections

November 28, 2017 | Phil Power

Bridge is expanding watchdog coverage of the capitol, fact-checking political ads, and adding unbiased environmental reporting. Your support is critical to our nonpartisan mission.

Michigan GOP to invasive species: Welcome to the Great Lakes

November 13, 2017 | Phil Power

The Republican-led Legislature just passed a bill that would make it easier for oceangoing vessels to dump ballast water (along with invasive species) into the Great Lakes. Will Gov. Snyder sign it?

U-M leading drive to cut opioids given after surgery

November 7, 2017 | Phil Power

The University of Michigan Medical School is teaming with public health officials and insurers to curtail doctors who overprescribe opioids for pain, leading to addiction and abuse.

With the passing of Peter Pratt, the loss of a good and great man

October 24, 2017 | Phil Power

His premature death leaves a sadly diminished group of Michigan leaders devoted to nonpartisan ideas for improving our state’s future.

The Michigan Board of Education must go

October 17, 2017 | Phil Power

The politically elected, eight-member board, however well meaning and thoughtful, makes it more difficult to establish accountability for Michigan’s sprawling public school system.

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