Coming May 6: The Michigan citizens' agenda for 2014

Michigan residents have an urgent list of new priorities for Michigan’s future. They know what they want the candidates’ focus to be in this year’s statewide election.

Read Bridge on Tuesday, May 6 for all the details.

More than 5,000 diverse statewide residents participated in the Center for Michigan’s latest public engagement campaign in the past six months. Read what they have to say on May 6. It’s must reading for any engaged citizen or any candidate for governor, legislature or local office.

Facts matter. Trust matters. Journalism matters.

If you learned something from the story you're reading please consider supporting our work. Your donation allows us to keep our Michigan-focused reporting and analysis free and accessible to all. All donations are voluntary, but for as little as $1 you can become a member of Bridge Club and support freedom of the press in Michigan during a crucial election year.

Pay with VISA Pay with MasterCard Pay with American Express Donate now

Comment Form

Add new comment

Dear Reader: We value your thoughts and criticism on the articles, but insist on civility. Criticizing comments or ideas is welcome, but Bridge won’t tolerate comments that are false or defamatory or that demean, personally attack, spread hate or harmful stereotypes. Violating these standards could result in a ban.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.


Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:06am
Politician response will most likely be: "thank you for your concern......" the standard form letter thing. Beyond that I wouldn't expect anything more than some additional patronizing cliches about working together for the good of Michigan. In the meantime the moneyed special interests are their only real priority.
Matt Tomasiewicz
Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:56am
It used to be constituency, conscious, caucus. Now it just the opposite. And throw in crushing the minority party.
Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:04am
I wonder what will be on the Agenda Bridge presents. Will it be about convenient political wisdom or will it be about change? Will it be the same old issues with no solutions, will it be about spending more and more of other people’s money without accountability, will it be about how and what hasn’t work, or will it be about change, will it be about drawing the public in to listen to their thinking on how and what to change for new results and impact? When looking at the agenda consider these points to see if it is the same old same old ideas, issues, and politics; When the agenda talks about education will it be how important it is, how our schools need to do better, how the teachers need to do better, how more money needs to be spent on the schools, the teachers, the technology, and how the state needs to take a bigger role? If the answer is yes then there is nothing new, it is same old same old so don’t expect any change in results. When the talks turns to roads and bridges, will it be how important they are, how we need to spend more money on them, and how the state needs a bigger role? If so, then there is nothing new there is no interest in change and we have same old same old politics of roads and bridges. For each item on the agenda, if you have heard them before, if the issue are as important as it was before, if it is about spending more money (as before), if it is about the state or Lansing doing more, if it sounds just like you’ve heard it before, then it will be the same old politics and the convenient wisdom of whatever the issue is just as before. If there is something about accountability, something about performance measurements, something about specific results, if it is about creating forums for the public to participate in the means and methods for changes in results, then there is something different happening, there is hope.