Michigan wants drivers to learn to love roundabouts. It’s been a slow go.

January 23, 2020 | Joel Kurth

Michigan is the birthplace of the three-signal traffic light. But roads engineers increasingly are dumping them for roundabouts, which are safer, improve traffic flows and drive motorists nuts.


Michigan residents say they oppose uncertified teachers leading classrooms

January 16, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt in Talent & Education

A strong majority of Michiganders say the state must reduce the number of schools relying on long-term substitutes and find ways to ensure trained teachers are educating students, Bridge Magazine polling shows.

Michigan senator faces sexual harassment probe over comments to reporter

January 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

State Sen. Peter Lucido is facing bipartisan criticism and an internal sexual harassment investigation after telling a 22-year-old female reporter she could have “a lot of fun” with a group of schoolboys visiting the Michigan Capitol.

Michigan’s ‘green ooze’ may be ‘tip of iceberg’ of state’s toxic sites

January 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday grilled environmental regulators over their response to a “green ooze” disaster in Madison Heights. There are many other crises yet to come, lawmakers warned.  

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Michigan county threatens to bulldoze Amish homes in poop dispute

January 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Environment Watch

An Amish community, with help from the ACLU, argues that Lenawee County is violating its religious freedom by demanding it stop using outhouses and spreading human waste in fields. Local residents are backing the Amish. 

Dana Nessel sues 3M, DuPont over ‘unconscionable’ PFAS pollution in Michigan

January 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Attorney General Dana Nessel alleges PFAS manufacturers “intentionally hid” known health and environmental risks from the public and state in order to continue profiting off “forever chemicals.”

The answer to swelling jails? Stop jailing so many folks, Michigan report says

January 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

A high-level report unveiled Tuesday recommends sweeping changes to Michigan’s criminal justice system to reduce the number of people sent to jail. The group found that far too many inmates are people of color or have mental illnesses.

Michigan the latest to roll out Medicaid work rules. Can it avoid pitfalls?

January 13, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

238,000 lower-income residents in Healthy Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program must now prove they are working or exempt to maintain coverage. Can Lansing succeed where other states have failed?    

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Five things to know about Michigan’s Medicaid work rules

January 13, 2020 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Thousands of lower-income residents must now meet monthly reporting requirements to keep their health coverage. What you need to know to maintain health coverage.

Crashes, injuries spike after Michigan boosts freeway speed limits to 75 mph

January 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

More drivers are going over 80 mph –  and crashing – since Michigan raised speed limits to 75 mph on rural freeways in 2017. But backers say worst fears about new limits haven’t materialized.

Five things to know as Michigan lawmakers kick-start state budget process

January 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Yes, Michigan’s divisive budget battle just ended. But it’s starting again soon, and state officials say there’s good news and bad news. The state collected more taxes, but old decisions limit how they can be spent.

Larry Inman recall effort is dead again, after Michigan nixes signatures

January 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The Michigan Bureau of Elections has determined a group seeking to force a recall election against state Rep. Larry Inman didn’t meet the threshold of 12,201 signatures.   

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Gov. Whitmer, GOP clash on Michigan ban on public funds for private schools

January 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Religious and non-public school groups want the Michigan Supreme Court to strike down a constitutional amendment banning taxpayer funding for private schools, arguing it was motivated by anti-Catholic bias and violates free exercise rights.