Download a copy of "Fractured Trust: Lost faith in state government and how to restore it"

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.


Linda Hoff
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:50am

So glad to have this report and hope that our State Legislators take it to heart. Citizens across Michigan want their voices to be heard and want special interests OUT of the sphere of influence.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:38am

The problem I see with the basic assumption with this study is that is that it presupposes a great deal of public confidence in government being the primary solution to any and every problem faced by Michigan citizens. Some, roads for instance, I can buy, others... schools , not so much. An interesting addition would be be, Do you believe that government action is the key to to solving the subject problem? Then the responses might be more interesting.

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:56pm

This quote from the report sums up the problem.
"The risks of thinking and acting only in accordance with party lines and election cycles are too great. Michigan residents want, and deserve, a government that makes decisions that face our state’s problems head-on, in a nonpartisan way, with innovation and an eye to a more prosperous future."
All state government reps, senators and Governor over the past few decades have either represented the democrats or the republicans. I think we have lost a caliber of politicians who can really think versus those that only repeat the party line. 21 st. century skills include collaboration and dialogue. The other problem is "big money" in politics. The politicians no longer work for their constituency, but for whatever special interest gives to their campaign.

Michigan ranks at the bottom of all other states in quality of life issues. Is that what we want for our children and grandchildren?