Michigan shrinks credits for rooftop solar, clouding industry’s future

Michigan shrinks credits for rooftop solar, clouding industry’s future

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

In a battle over fairness and who controls Michigan’s renewable energy future, utilities successfully pushed state lawmakers and regulators to lower compensation for rooftop solar owners who add electricity grid.

Watch a video of anchor damage to Line 5 in Straits of Mackinac

May 15, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

As Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer nears decision on a tunnel to protect the pipeline, a video is released of mishap that environmentalists claim shows “Great Lakes dodged a bullet.”  

Opinion | Schools and researchers must collaborate to help Detroit students

May 15, 2019 | Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Ben Pogodzinski, Erica Edwards in Guest Commentary

Detroit neighborhoods with higher rates of asthma have higher school absenteeism. One in five students switched schools during the year. Data can be a valuable tool when researchers are in touch with a city’s challenges.

Gov. Whitmer, Republicans see path to deal on Michigan auto insurance reform

May 14, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said she and Republicans are no closer to a deal on auto no-fault reform than they were when both chambers passed bills last week. But talks are ongoing, which both sides said was promising. 

Abortion limits pass Michigan House and Senate. What you need to know.

May 14, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Republican bills would make it a felony for health care providers to perform dilation and evacuation abortions, the most common second-trimester procedure. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vows a veto as Michigan joins other states in abortion battles.  

She was born to fight – and did for 3 years without water in Detroit

May 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Fayette Coleman was tough as nails and endured an epic water shutoff. Now, activists wonder if that led to her death. Despite 100,000 shutoffs, no one knows because the issue is scarcely researched.

Opinion | Here’s how Gov. Whitmer can limit impact of Medicaid work requirements

May 14, 2019 | Samuel R. Bagenstos in Guest Commentary

A law professor makes a public case for how Gov. Whitmer could undercut the GOP’s work requirements for Michigan’s Medicaid recipients.

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May 13, 2019 | John Bebow in The Center for Michigan

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Roads get spotlight, but 447 Michigan bridges in serious condition or worse

May 13, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

With not enough money in the state budget, and projections that these aging structures will only worsen, state transportation officials are seeking $1 billion to fix the most deteriorated bridges by 2025

Find troubled Michigan bridges in your community

May 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Use this interactive map to find bridges listed in serious or critical condition around Michigan

Lessons for Michigan on quickly replacing old bridges, from a state that’s done it

May 13, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Pennsylvania this year expects to finish a five-year, $1.8 billion project to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges. The contractor will then maintain the bridges for 25 years. What can Pennsylvania teach Michigan?

Opinion | Puncturing the myths about Michigan road funding

May 13, 2019 | Mike Nystrom in Guest Commentary

Michigan roads have to be fixed and the money has to come from somewhere. Mike Nystrom responds to some of the common questions.

Opinion | Line 5’s environmental calamities started when it was built

May 9, 2019 | Jeffrey Insko in Guest Commentary

There were concerns about a pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac from the beginning. Now’s not the time to start the cycle over again with a tunnel.