Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing

April 19, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Just months into office, the state’s top lawyer has dueled with Lansing Republicans, the Trump administration and the Catholic church, while reversing course on lawsuits by her conservative predecessor. Got a problem with that?

Opinion | Michigan’s private colleges must play vital role boosting college attainment

April 16, 2019 | Jeff Abernathy in Guest Commentary

Michigan is facing a talent gap – a gap that must be filled by more people with college degrees, says the president of Alma College

Shooter drills. Anxious teachers. Flying staplers. Michigan schools prepare.

April 15, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

It’s been 20 years since two students killed 13 people at Columbine High School. Today, Michigan schools use hockey pucks, hornet spray and gun sensors to train for the unthinkable. Are they ready? And at what cost?

Michigan doesn’t track school security – or fund safety office it created

April 15, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle in Talent & Education

Most Michigan schools visited take active shooter security seriously. Just don’t ask the state what each school is doing – it doesn’t keep track. And the Office of School Safety the Legislature created? It remains unfunded.

It’s tax day, Michigan. Take this quiz or face an audit

April 15, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Quality of Life

Okay, we totally lied about the audit. But it wouldn’t kill you to learn more about Michigan’s taxes and exemptions. Test your smarts with this quiz.

A deal to fix Michigan’s roads looks to roll into summer, at least

April 12, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The ball is in the Republican Legislature’s court when it comes to presenting an alternative to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $2.5 billion road-funding plan. Will private negotiations produce a compromise both sides can sell?

Opinion | Why build a huge Wayne County Jail when there are fewer inmates?

April 12, 2019 | Dennis M. Haffey in Guest Commentary

A longtime attorney argues that changes in laws will mean fewer inmates. So why are we building a behemoth jail?

As measles outbreak spreads, Michigan anti-vaxxer group hits Lansing

April 11, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Quality of Life

Michigan health officials say 39 residents have contracted the highly contagious disease. But groups opposed to mandatory vaccines are asking lawmakers to preserve their freedom on whether to vaccinate children.

No escaping billions of dollars needed for Michigan road fix, experts say

April 11, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

With up to half of all Michigan roads in poor shape, the state must generate new funding or residents will spend billions more in repairs and lost productivity, experts reveal at Center for Michigan road summit.

Jocelyn Benson plans overhaul of Michigan Secretary of State offices

April 11, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The Secretary of State visited all 131 branch offices in her first 100 days in office. What she found, she said, “was heartbreaking.”

Bills to bar Michigan 'sanctuary cities' face headwinds in Lansing

April 11, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Proponents say they would protect law enforcement from political retribution. Opponents say it would encourage racial profiling and destroy trust between local police and immigrant communities. The bills face headwinds in Lansing.

Opinion| Michigan schools need a fairer funding model for all students

April 11, 2019 | Randy Liepa in Guest Commentary

One of the five candidates in the running to become the next Michigan State Superintendent explains why he backs a study calling for more education funding.

Nestlé extends Flint bottled water donations through August

April 10, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Since Michigan halted its free bottled water program, Nestlé has provided 100,000 bottles water per week to help centers that continue to face high demands from residents who refuse to drink from their taps.

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