Michigan economy keeps beating predictions, thanks largely to stimulus

January 15, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan is still down 435,000 jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but personal income is up and online sales have exploded largely following two rounds of federal stimulus checks.

Michigan Politics Tracker | Huge police presence, small protest at Michigan Capitol

January 17, 2021 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Government

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

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Coronavirus Tracker | Washtenaw Co. woman first in Michigan with COVID variant; new cases fall under 2,000

January 16, 2021 | Bridge Staff in Michigan Health Watch

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

More F’s, more worries: Michigan school leaders rethink grading during pandemic

January 16, 2021 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit in Talent & Education

Halfway into the school year, Michigan students are failing classes at higher rates, concerning educators who say it’s more evidence of the coronavirus’s disruption of learning.

Michigan law enforcement ‘prepared for the worst’ ahead of potential protests

January 15, 2021 | Madeline Halpert in Michigan Government

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has activated National Guard assistance and state police are mobilizing troopers in an effort to avoid a repeat of the U.S. Capitol siege.

Michigan cities must begin replacing lead pipes. But who has the cash?

January 15, 2021 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Under a Snyder-era reform following the Flint water crisis, Michigan utilities must begin switching out lead service lines this month, part of a 20-year project. But some already are seeking extensions and some cash-strapped cities are reluctant to have vulnerable ratepayers shoulder the burden.

Q&A: How to protect against lead as Michigan waits for new water pipes

January 15, 2021 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who helped uncover the Flint water crisis, said Michigan’s lead service line replacement program is a major stride toward reducing lead exposure. But Michigan residents need not wait to start protecting themselves from lead-tainted water.

Years after Flint water crisis, lead lingers in school buildings

January 15, 2021 | Jane Johnston, Circle of Blue in Michigan Environment Watch

The federal appropriations bill for the 2021 fiscal year, signed into law this week, included $26.5 million to test for lead in schools and child care centers, a nod to the legacy of the Flint water crisis, which lifted the issue of lead in drinking water into the national spotlight.

Flint residents unimpressed by Snyder charges linked to lead poisoning

January 14, 2021 | Kelly House in Michigan Environment Watch

Years after a cost-cutting move resulted in lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint, residents said they are furious that the governor who placed their city under emergency control won’t face more serious charges.

Snyder allies: Flint charges may have ‘chilling effect’ on government

January 14, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Government

Rick Snyder is the first Michigan governor charged with crime for decisions made in office. His supporters say that could scare people from serving in government. Others disagree, saying he ‘caused unforgivable harm.’

Snyder, top aides charged in Flint water crisis. Is that justice?

January 14, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting in Michigan Environment Watch

Seven years after a fateful water switch, the former governor faces two misdemeanors, while others including former health director Nick Lyon were charged with several felonies.

Bridge Michigan is accepting applications for summer 2021 internships

January 14, 2021 | Bridge Staff in The Center for Michigan

Are you a student interested in a career in news reporting? Do you want to work on audience development at our fast-growing news site? Apply now.


Michigan is divided. These 7 reforms can curb partisanship, fix government

January 13, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert in Michigan Government

Both the nation and Michigan seem as far apart as ever. Big reforms liked ranked voting and nonpartisan primaries could reduce extremism, but do they stand a chance?

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