30-minute guarantee at Michigan Secretary of State — if you have appointment

December 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she’s met her promise of 30-minute waits at every branch office, thanks to innovative changes. Walk-ins, though, can still wait for hours and getting an appointment at busier branches can take time.

Amanda Price

Opinion | Read by Grade 3 law doesn’t hurt kids – it’s offering a lifeline

December 12, 2019 | Amanda Price in Guest Commentary

Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 Law isn’t some scary new policy looming over local students – it’s an essential reform that’s already yielding real results that benefit our kids, says the author of this Guest Commentary.

Help Bridge prepare for 2020 with a donation this holiday season

December 12, 2019 | John Bebow in The Center for Michigan

Please support our work as we head into 2020 with a donation to Bridge. Our goal in 2019 was to be your eyes and ears on impactful legislation coming from Lansing, and our reporting on long-term subs serving as full-time teachers is informing Michigan lawmakers on how to solve this problem. There'll be more big issues next year and your support is crucial.

Rachel Reed

Opinion | Michigan restricts inmates’ Medicaid access. Here's why we should care.

December 12, 2019 | Rachel Reed in Guest Commentary

A study of female prisoners found that co-payments “contributed to delays in treatment, avoidance of health care professionals, unnecessary suffering, and poor health outcomes” for women in prison.

Blue Cross says shared-risk plan will rein in costs for Michigan patients

December 11, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan said it will pay major health providers more for value-based health care, but penalize them for delivering poor care, which the insurer said would ultimately benefit patients.

15,000 Michigan kids take two years of kindergarten. Is Lansing listening?

December 11, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

More families, most of them white and more affluent, are enrolling children in two years of kindergarten, saving child-care costs and giving schools more state money. In effect, parents are stepping in when Lansing won’t.  

Deal reached between state, townships and Wolverine World Wide over PFAS

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Environment Watch

Wolverine will pay $69.5 million to extend municipal water to PFAS-affected residents in northern Kent County under the tentative agreement.

Congrats on budget, Michigan. It does little to fix state’s biggest problems.

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Michigan’s divided government finally passes a budget. It barely addresses the state’s bad roads, middling schools and expensive colleges.

Jury acquits Larry Inman of lying to FBI; mistrial on other counts

December 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

A Traverse City state representative who sent a union asking for donations for a vote is acquitted of lying to the FBI, but jurors can't reach a verdict on the most serious charges.

Jim Byrum

Opinion | Put Michigan’s undocumented farmworkers on a path to citizenship

December 10, 2019 | Jim Byrum in Guest Commentary

The bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a compromise that will benefit immigrants working in agriculture and improve the H-2A temporary worker program, the president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association says in this Guest Commentary.


Michigan, we have a budget deal. (Give or take $400 million)

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

After weeks of delays, Michigan lawmakers agree to compromise with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on budget vetoes and spending shifts. Left unresolved: nearly a half-billion dollars still cut from the budget.

Census forms

A guide to Michigan’s 2020 Census: jobs, scams, citizen issues

December 10, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in Michigan Government

So many changes in next year’s census, from online and phone options to new doubts about issues of confidentiality, particularly among undocumented residents.  Bridge answers some of the most commonly asked questions.

Choice of Michigan college can make a (million-dollar) difference

December 10, 2019 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

A college degree still pays off, but pays off more at some universities than others, according to a new study. Compare the return on investment at Michigan two- and four-year colleges.