Bipartisan Michigan auto insurance deal reached between Whitmer, Republicans

Bipartisan Michigan auto insurance deal reached between Whitmer, Republicans

May 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Michigan is investing heavily in early reading. So far, it’s not working.

May 21, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Only three intermediate school districts out of 56 in Michigan are showing increases in third-grade reading. A leading educator asks for patience.

Opinion | Gays don’t need to be ‘fixed.’ Michigan must ban conversion therapy

May 21, 2019 | Mallory McMorrow in Guest Commentary

Sixteen states have banned conversion therapy, the controversial practice of trying to turn LGBTQ youth to embrace heterosexuality. It’s time for Michigan to join them.

Michigan shrinks credits for rooftop solar, clouding industry’s future

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

In a battle over fairness and who controls Michigan’s renewable energy future, utilities successfully pushed state lawmakers and regulators to lower compensation for rooftop solar owners who add electricity grid.

Consumers Energy chief sees solar future in Michigan

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Amid shifting economics and concerns about climate change, Michigan’s biggest energy utility vows to slash carbon dioxide emissions 90 percent by 2040 — without building any new natural gas plants.

As the earth warms, Midwest searches to cut greenhouse gas

May 20, 2019 | Jack Cushman in Michigan Environment Watch

From farmers cutting manure to changes in the transportation industry, folks are looking for changes large and small as the climate changes.

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

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

Poll: parents don’t know Michigan's 3rd-grade reading law, love A-to-F school grades

May 20, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova in Talent & Education

Parents care about improving Michigan schools. But they aren’t hung up on the “controversies” in Lansing’s education circles, according to a new poll.

Six times more third-graders may flunk next year under Michigan reading law

May 17, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

More than 5,000 students may be flagged to repeat third grade under a new law intended to ensure solid reading skills at a key age. That number sounds high, but it could have been far higher.  

Will Michigan 3rd- grade reading law hurt poor? Florida’s history says yes

May 17, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Students from less advantaged families are more likely to be held back under Florida’s third-grade reading law than white, more affluent kids with the same low reading scores. A similar Michigan law begins this fall.

Reader FAQ: Does Michigan Lottery money really go to schools?

May 17, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt in Talent & Education

Michiganders often express skepticism that state lottery money earmarked for schools actually goes to, you know, schools. Bridge offers insight to the most frequently asked lottery conspiracy theories.

Michigan lawmaker denies bribery: ‘Do you think I would stoop that low?’

May 16, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Larry Inman acknowledges writing texts that appear to show him soliciting donations from a union before a key vote. The feds accuse him of bribery and extortion. He says there’s an “explanation” for his texts. The explanation? He won’t say.

Michigan Republicans and Whitmer move closer to no-fault auto insurance deal

May 16, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, says she draws line on GOP option for drivers to opt out of buying personal injury protection in car insurance. But she appears willing to reach a no-fault deal without tying it to an agreement on road funding.

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