Commercial fishing is sinking fast in Michigan. Time for more regulations?

Commercial fishing is sinking fast in Michigan. Time for more regulations?

June 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Sportfishing is booming in Michigan, while fewer than two dozen commercial businesses tie their livelihoods to the Great Lakes. The industry has a rich heritage, but some say it’s time to ‘pull the plug on the horse and carriage industry.’

Albion lost its high school; students did better. Is Benton Harbor next?

June 11, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The anguish Benton Harbor is undergoing now was felt by Albion residents six years ago. Today, Albion students, attending a high school 13 miles away, are graduating at a higher clip.

Michigan environment roundup: Asian carp move closer to the Great Lakes

June 11, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Here are 9 ways to build better roads in Michigan, from old tires to pig poop

June 10, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Researchers in Michigan and elsewhere are studying new ways to increase the lifespan of roads and bridges. Could recycled materials and new methods of mixing asphalt be the future? See our slideshow.

Opinion | Michigan needs to decide what kind of state it wants to be

June 10, 2019 | Charlie Mahoney in Guest Commentary

The state is at a crossroads. It’s time to put our money where our mouth is.

Nessel splits with Whitmer, sides with Detroit kids in literacy suit

June 7, 2019 | Chastity Pratt in Detroit

Michigan attorney general sides with Detroit children’s lawsuit against the state. ‘There are moments in our ... history when silence in the face of abhorrent circumstances is not an option,’ Nessel says.  

Michigan House GOP plans to replace sales tax on gasoline to fund roads

June 7, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

House Republicans intend to propose replacing Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax on gasoline purchases with an equal amount of gas tax, dedicating the revenue to roads. Some Democrats say they’re concerned about the impact of losing sales tax revenue on schools and local governments.

Opinion | Please, Gov. Whitmer, fix Benton Harbor High. Don’t close it.

June 7, 2019 | Tiffany Tilley in Guest Commentary

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to close the high school in Benton Harbor because of low academic achievement and high debt. A State Board of Education member (and fellow Democrat) makes a case for investing in the struggling district, rather than closing the high school.

Opinion | Special assessments are a tax by another name

June 7, 2019 | Eric Lupher in Guest Commentary

You probably don’t know you’re paying it. You probably shouldn’t be paying it.

Anguish in Benton Harbor as years of mistakes lead to a school’s likely demise

June 6, 2019 | Ron French, Ted Roelofs in Talent & Education

Teachers blame administrators. Administrators blame the board. The board blames the state. Caught in the middle are students saddled with devastatingly low rates of achievement.

Ex-Senate Leader sent email citing influence with Michigan pot board

June 6, 2019 | Craig Mauger in Public Sector

Arlan Meekhof, who has consulted for marijuana clients since leaving the Legislature, wrote in February that he spoke with the pot board chair about his clients, emails show. That raised red flags among state officials.

Michigan Republican lawmakers challenge Nessel opinion on ballot drive law

June 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Attorney General Dana Nessel claims the Republican law, which placed new restrictions on the statewide ballot initiative process, is unconstitutional. The GOP now is going to court in a bid to force the Secretary of State to ignore Nessel’s opinion.

Report: Tug dragged 6-ton anchor for days after denting Line 5 pipeline

June 5, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says new federal report detailing anchor strike shows ‘all of the enforcement mechanisms in the world won’t prevent a tragedy.’

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