Rural Michigan needs doctors. Paying their debts may be an answer

Rural Michigan needs doctors. Paying their debts may be an answer

July 22, 2019 | Robin Erb

Lawmakers eye expansion of program that pays student debt of medical professionals who practice in underserved areas, as the Michigan doctor shortage intensifies.

Benton Harbor crisis a tipping point for Gretchen Whitmer, school takeovers

July 22, 2019 | Koby Levin in Talent & Education

The fate of Benton Harbor schools could foreshadow the fate of other Michigan school districts facing high debt and low student achievement

Opinion | Dana Nessel: Line 5 must close to protect all of Michigan

July 22, 2019 | Dana Nessel in Guest Commentary

Michigan’s attorney general explains why she sued to close the controversial Line 5 gas pipeline that passes beneath the Mackinac Straits.

Students to University of Michigan: Stop funding Detroit evictions

July 19, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova in Talent & Education

A group of students petitioned the Board of Regents to cut a $30 million investment from the school’s endowment fund to a firm whose work in Detroit has led to some housing evictions.

With city in limbo, Benton Harbor prepares new pitch to save its high school

July 19, 2019 | Ron French in Public Sector

As veteran teachers flee the troubled district, Benton Harbor officials will try to sell Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on giving them at least four years to fix their struggling high school.

Will this application help Michigan select a fair redistricting commission?

July 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The Secretary of State has released a proposed application to serve on the new redistricting commission. The public can offer comment through Aug. 9.

Opinion | U-M’s investment is helping us improve Detroit, not evict people.

July 18, 2019 | Jordan Friedman, Corey Hanker in Guest Commentary

Two developers respond to a Bridge Magazine article about their investments in Detroit. ‘Our focus is increasing availability of affordable, quality housing for the city’s residents.’

New rules to give residents of poor cities piece of Michigan pot industry

July 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The state’s marijuana regulatory industry announced rules to give license discounts for qualified residents in cities that were most heavily targeted for pot crimes. An industry official said the rules are well-meaning, but she doubts their impact.

Michigan prison inmates need job skills, but technology books are banned

July 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Basic reference books on computers and electronics, starting a business or even driving a truck are prohibited as perceived threats to the “order and security” of prisons. Officials say they are now rethinking this policy.

Opinion | Benton Harbor’s school crisis needs more than a bandage fix

July 18, 2019 | Tom Watkins in Guest Commentary

Benton Harbor is in danger of losing its high school because of poor academic performance and debilitating debt. A former state superintendent says the district’s struggles should be a wake-up call for Michigan.

Michigan Supreme Court hears debate on minimum wage, sick leave laws

July 17, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Does Michigan’s constitution allow the legislature to adopt and amend citizen initiatives in the same two-year term, or does it explicitly prohibit the practice? It’s now up to the state’s highest court to decide.

Opinion | Please, Michigan Supreme Court, restore public will on minimum wage

July 17, 2019 | Maria Van Core in Guest Commentary

Michigan’s Supreme Court justices should restore the minimum wage increase that the public wanted last year – and the Legislature weakened in lame duck.

What to know about the Michigan minimum wage law before the Supreme Court

July 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Michigan’s high court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether Republican efforts to pass the ballot measure, then gut it, violated the constitution. That does not mean the court will decide the matter, at least right now.

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