In the age of Uber, will metro Detroit shell out billions for buses?

November 14, 2019 | Michael Jackman

New technology is revolutionizing transit options. Will they complement mass transit or threaten it? That’s a question that could undergird an upcoming vote on a mass transportation tax.

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Measures aim to end ‘surprise billing’ for Michigan medical patients

November 8, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Think your ER visit is covered? Even savvy consumers fall victim to unannounced costs, especially in emergencies. Pending bills would cap some of those charges or give consumers the ability to opt out.  

Experts: Pay teachers more to curb Michigan’s long-term substitute ‘crisis’

November 7, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in The Center for Michigan

Long-term subs have spiked in recent years. Paying more could help solve the issue –  and so could stopping ‘talking about teachers as if they’re idiots,’ according to a panel of experts convened by Bridge.  

Michigan’s flu season turns deadly early, with some clinics short on vaccine

November 7, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Michigan’s first reported flu death comes as county health departments in some parts of the state cancel or postpone clinics while they await a resupply.

No deal: Senate GOP rejects possible budget compromise

November 7, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

County sheriffs, small schools, local governments and other groups grappling with state funding cuts may have to wait several more weeks for Michigan leaders to resolve an ongoing budget dispute.

Michigan counties profit from foreclosure. Supreme Court urged to halt law.

November 6, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

An Oakland County man lost his property to foreclosure over an $8.41 tax debt. Oakland then sold the property for $24,500 and kept the profit. His lawyers want the high court to end this practice in Michigan. 

Michigan expanded preschool funding. Reading scores show it works.

November 6, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The good news: Low- and moderate-income 4-year-olds who enroll in the Great Start Readiness Program become better readers than those who don’t. The bad news? One-in-three qualified kids still aren’t enrolled.

Locals to Lansing: Get a budget deal, because cuts are getting real

November 6, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders squabble, budget vetoes are forcing cuts or other tough decisions for local governments, nonprofits and service entities that have already lost state funding — or will soon if state leaders do not resolve the dispute.

Enbridge vows to cover costs in ‘unlikely’ case of Michigan Line 5 rupture

November 6, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The promise came days after Nessel released a 120-page report raising questions about Enbridge’s financial obligations under a series of agreements that its U.S.-based companies signed with Michigan.

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Opinion | John Conyers Jr. is laid to rest. His work, and legacy, live on in Michigan

November 5, 2019 | Heaster Wheeler in Guest Commentary

The former U.S. congressman, who died at age 90 late last month, was a titan for justice and link from Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama. He never stopped fighting for underdogs.


Opinion | Enbridge is not working to protect Michigan waters

November 5, 2019 | Liz Kirkwood in Guest Commentary

Recent developments on the Line 5 tunnel provide another glimpse into Enbridge Energy's playbook of distraction and deception.

Attorney General Dana Nessel takes hard line in juvenile inmate rape cases

November 5, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

Like her predecessor Bill Schuette, Nessel is contesting every claim by juveniles who said they were raped by adult prisoners — including whether the teens, some as young as 14, can be called children at trial.


Juvenile rape accuser: ‘Regardless of what I did, I was still a child’

November 4, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

Two former juvenile inmates describe being raped by adults in a Michigan prison. Attorney General Dana Nessel contests the claims as the case heads to trial. (WARNING: Video contains graphic and explicit language and content)