Ted Roelofs

Ted Roelofs of Kentwood, has been a general assignment reporter at Bridge since 2012 and has written extensively on health care in that time as well as prison and juvenile justice reform. Roelofs spent nearly three decades at the Grand Rapids Press where he covered politics, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rural poverty and mental illness among the homeless. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Reach Ted at ted.roelofs@gmail.com

Articles

This law promised medical hope for dying patients. Was it a cruel deception?

June 8, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan’s Right-to-Try law offers terminally ill patients quicker access to  experimental drugs. More than two years later, not a single patient appears to have been helped. A Bridge Magazine investigation explains why.

A Republican governor. A Republican legislature. Each ignoring the other.

June 1, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Two commissions convened by Gov. Rick Snyder recommend dramatic upgrades to Michigan education and infrastructure. But the Republicans who lead the House and Senate want to shrink government, not expand it. Can anyone get them to consensus?

Cut taxes vs public investment: What Michigan’s fiscal tug of war means to you

May 9, 2017 | John Bebow, Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs

Lawmakers want a tax cut. The governor wants billions more for schools, roads and water safety. Are we taxed too little or too much? We explain what it all means to you – in 11 bite-sized reports.

Higher taxes for schools? A big fight brews in Utah

May 9, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A group of powerful Utah business leaders is pushing for more money for that state’s schools. Utah lawmakers are having none of it.

Gerrymandering in Michigan is among the nation’s worst, new test claims

April 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Heard of the ‘efficiency gap’? You may soon. It’s key to a Wisconsin redistricting lawsuit that could eventually affect how Michigan’s lines are drawn.

An uphill fight to take redistricting out of politicians’ hands

April 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Grassroots activists seek a referendum on alternatives to gerrymandering. The odds are stacked against them.

Is the Michigan Supreme Court trying to make it harder to punish bad judges?

April 4, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The high court is considering rule changes that critics say will make it harder to prosecute inept or crooked judges and delay the public release of misconduct charges.

Obamacare survives, but some rural hospitals may not

March 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Rural residents depend on small medical facilities for chemotherapy, emergency care and other critical procedures. Hospital chiefs across northern Michigan say that ongoing efforts to dismantle Obamacare could put them out of business.  

Michigan residents to Lansing: We don’t trust you to do the basics

March 21, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

People across the state told The Center for Michigan they have fundamental doubts about the government’s ability to deliver on education, public health, campaign transparency and other critical functions

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