What the no-fault auto reform deal means for Michigan drivers

What the no-fault auto reform deal means for Michigan drivers

May 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican leaders in the legislature negotiated a big change to the state’s auto insurance laws. Here’s how the deal may impact your rates and coverage.

Michigan no-fault deal stops rate setting based on gender or education level

May 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

This week’s historic deal to revamp Michigan’s auto insurance includes provisions to eliminate a slew of non-driving factors. But where you live will still play a role.

U.S. Supreme Court halts order requiring Michigan to redraw political lines

May 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The high court’s order relieves Michigan Republicans from a summer deadline to reshape state maps, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule in June on what role judges should play in redistricting conflicts.

Bipartisan Michigan auto insurance deal reached between Whitmer, Republicans

May 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

After weeks of secret talks, and years of gridlock, the deal offers personal injury protection opt-out for some drivers, extends guaranteed PIP rate rollbacks for 8 years and stops insurers from raises based on non-driving factors.

Opinion | Current, former Republican Speakers seek Michigan jail reform

May 24, 2019 | Lee Chatfield, Craig DeRoche, Jase Bolger in Guest Commentary

Incarceration rates are down and our neighborhoods are safer. But there’s still more work to be done on criminal justice reform, say three leading Republicans.

Opinion | Michigan shouldn’t scrap arts requirement for high school

May 24, 2019 | Ryan Shaw in Guest Commentary

Bills now in the Legislature would allow students to substitute career tech for art. That’s a problem if we want to build well-rounded adults.

Opinion | Children in Michigan are also victimized by opioid abuse

May 24, 2019 | Michele Corey in Guest Commentary

Opioid abuse and deaths have a huge impact on children in affected families. Michigan needs to figure out how to help them.

Bridge is hiring a copy editor/production manager for our growing audience

May 23, 2019 | Bridge Staff in The Center for Michigan

Bridge Magazine expands once more to provide high-quality, nonpartisan coverage of the most important issues facing Michigan residents.

Michigan emergency rooms are jammed. Identifying mental illness can help.

May 23, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Chronic users of hospital ERs often have mental health or substance abuse issues. Programs in five regions of the state help patients find treatment for underlying problems while easing the burden on emergency rooms.  

She often arrived drunk at Ann Arbor ERs. Today, she serves others.

May 23, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Health Watch

Panic attacks led Lynne Ponder into alcoholism and homelessness. But a pilot program targeted at chronic ER visitors helped her find therapy, a place to live and a sense of purpose.

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

May 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said the controversial election law passed by lame-duck Republicans “creates an obstacle for voters without any support in the (state) Constitution itself.”

Jeep deal promises Detroit 5,000 jobs. But will they go to Detroiters?

May 22, 2019 | Chastity Pratt in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Detroiters get first crack at jobs from $2.5B plants. But the skills gap could make it harder for them to get construction jobs to build the facility. 

Michigan’s abortion rate among nation’s highest. What you need to know.

May 22, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

As lawmakers debate restrictions on abortion in Michigan and elsewhere, a look at numbers that help frame the debate.