Dems break with Whitmer, pass small funding increase for Michigan schools

Dems break with Whitmer, pass small funding increase for Michigan schools

September 19, 2019 | Ron French, Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is left out of negotiations as legislators boost budget for state $15.2 billion. The budget doubles the number of literacy coaches, but critics say the funding isn’t enough to improve test scores.

Michigan GOP proposes 0.9% funding boost for colleges and universities

September 12, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Most universities and community colleges wouldn’t get enough of a funding hike to cover inflation under the latest budget plan in the Michigan Legislature. That’s frustrating for a state already ranked 44th in the nation in per-pupil funding of higher education.

Michigan schools would get 2.4 percent hike in GOP budget plan

September 12, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on the promise to improve Michigan’s struggling public schools, didn’t get as much as she wanted in next year’s state education budget.

Michigan budget negotiations break down (again) over short-term road funding

September 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

GOP leaders want to include $500 million in road funding in the budget. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democrats say that may get in the way of a long-term deal to commit $2.5 billion a year that’s needed for roads.

Critics rip Michigan vaping ban, citing harm to smokers and vape shops

September 12, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

A legislative hearing in Lansing on Thursday gave lawmakers and shop owners an opportunity to explain the unintended consequences of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s planned ban on flavored vape products.

How Right to Life has dominated Michigan abortion politics since Roe v. Wade

September 12, 2019 | Robin Erb, Cheyna Roth, Craig Mauger in Michigan Health Watch

In a state that favors abortion rights, the group uses a network of ardent volunteers and the “golden ticket” of its candidate endorsements to restrict abortion access. It hopes to make more gains in 2020.

Opinion | Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage hurts kids, says Up North supt.

September 12, 2019 | Louis Steigerwald in Guest Commentary

The substitute teacher crisis shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Michigan schools be shorted in state budgets for years.

Is Michigan school spending up or down? Pension problems muddy the answer

September 11, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

The rising cost of unfunded pension liabilities is a drag on Michigan schools, according to a new report.

Opinion | Fix the damn schools, Michigan

September 10, 2019 | Mike Addonizio in Guest Commentary

A Wayne State professor takes political leaders to task for the sorry state of Michigan’s schools.

Whitmer, GOP must solve these 5 disagreements to pass Michigan budget

September 9, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The Oct. 1 deadline for Michigan lawmakers to pass the $60 billion budget is near. Roads talks have been postponed, but there are more disagreements to solve.

Whitmer agrees to delay road funding talks to finish Michigan budget

September 9, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

The surprising announcement marks a change for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who previously vowed to veto any Republican budget plan without roads funding. The change seems intended to prevent a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Michigan Medicaid rules change soon. Can cool envelopes help avoid confusion?

September 9, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

New work rules go into effect in January for Healthy Michigan beneficiaries. Gleaning lessons from a debacle in Arkansas over similar changes, Michigan is stepping up efforts to communicate the changes.

Opinion | Time to close Michigan’s access gap to mental health services

September 9, 2019 | Mark Reinstein, Kevin Fischer, Jane Shank, Greg Toutant, Sam Price, Robert Sheehan in Guest Commentary

Only half of Michiganders on Medicaid who need mental health support receive care; those on private health insurance don’t fare much better.

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