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Opinion | Environmental issues just got a boost. You can thank Debbie Stabenow

December 19, 2018 | Andy Buchsbaum

Michigan’s senior senator in Washington just pulled off some legislative wizardry: getting bipartisan support for a Farm Bill that increases environmental and conservation protections for her home state.

Opinion | Michigan’s lame duck session is why voters hate politics

December 19, 2018 | Sarah Anthony

Last-minute power grabs and watering down initiatives supported by Michigan voters erode civility and respect, says one legislator.

Opinion | Will the ‘Flint governor’ also undo Michigan water protections?

December 14, 2018 | Mike Shriberg

A flurry of anti-environmental bills may make it to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk before he leaves office. It’s Pure Michigan vs. Pure Politics.

Opinion | Grabbing campaign finance from Michigan Secretary State a cynical ploy

December 14, 2018 | Mike Staebler

A state commission to be judge and jury over campaign finance violations would be a disaster just like the Federal Elections Commission. Mike Staebler says he knows: his father was on the original FEC.

Opinion | Here’s how to keep Michigan water clean and affordable

December 13, 2018 | Jaimien Delp

In a Pure Michigan treatise, an advocacy group lays out a plan to protect our water. If only our leaders would pay attention.

Opinion | C’mon, Michigan. Don’t get hysterical about ‘tree police’ bill

December 12, 2018 | Tom Casperson

In a guest column, State Sen. Tom Casperson makes his case for barring communities from regulating the removal of trees.

Opinion | Outgoing Michigan lawmakers should keep hands off our schools

December 11, 2018 | John Austin

Michigan voters elected Gretchen Whitmer, and she shouldn’t have her hands tied by outgoing Republicans, says the former president of the State Board of Education.

Opinion | Protect Michigan’s environment by passing these two bills

December 6, 2018 | Helen Taylor

Two bills that have support from the Michigan Chamber to The Nature Conservatory deserve the legislature’s support

Opinion | Bill to grade Michigan schools A-to-F is a horrible idea

December 4, 2018 | Casandra Ulbrich

The co-president of the State Board of Education takes a meat cleaver to a bill that would grade schools like they were fifth-graders.

Opinion | Gutting paid sick leave disrespects voters, undermines democracy

December 4, 2018 | Yousef Rabhi

The Republican majority in the Michigan Legislature approved paid sick leave in September to keep it off the ballot. Three months later, they’re hollowing it out.

Opinion | If our kids get graded A-to-F, then our Michigan schools should, too

November 29, 2018 | John Kennedy

For what we spend on K-12 education in Michigan, we should get better results. An A-F ranking system for schools is one step toward accountability.

Opinion | Reversing tariffs would be a winning formula for Michigan economy

November 28, 2018 | Michael Clark

Tariffs are a national policy with huge local ramifications here in Michigan. There are better ways to help workers, says a Hillsdale College economist.

Opinion | Fix the damn roads? Sure. But Whitmer can’t control the damn economy.

November 27, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Ronald Fisher

Governors can do a lot to improve Michigan. But their administrations often are defined by economies that are influenced by trends beyond state borders.

Opinion | With Michigan at a crossroads, here’s a roadmap for Lansing

November 16, 2018 | Eric Scorsone

A series of expert reports on Michigan’s economy and budget, Great Lakes and water management and other issues will help our new governor and legislature address the state’s most critical challenges

Opinion | Healthy food access is still a need for Michigan families

November 15, 2018 | Mariam Noland

One-in-six Michigan residents struggle with hunger each year. Some programs have helped, but there’s a need for more.

Opinion | Addressing adverse childhood experiences vital to Michigan’s future

November 13, 2018 | Rick Murdock

The issues faced by kids affect them the rest of their lives. The best way to move Michigan forward in the long run is to address those childhood issues.

Opinion | Am I a burden on America, asks immigrant son now a Harvard doctor

November 13, 2018 | David Duong

David Duong argues that his family is exactly the kind of family that wouldn’t be admitted to America under new proposed rules.

Opinion | My family helped build Mackinac Bridge. It shouldn’t own Line 5 tunnel.

November 8, 2018 | Barbara J. Brown

Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan for Mackinac Bridge Authority to assume ownership of tunnel is a big mistake, says a woman whose family has been involved with the operation of the Mighty Mac since 1950.

Opinion | I’m on the Mackinac Bridge Authority. We should oversee Line 5 tunnel.

November 8, 2018 | Kirk Steudle

If the Mackinac Bridge Authority doesn’t oversee a tunnel around Line 5, who should, argues the recently retired director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Gretchen Whitmer: Michigan needs a get-it-done governor

November 3, 2018 | Gretchen Whitmer

Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer makes her final pitch to voters in an exclusive guest column in Bridge

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