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Polls are getting less accurate, say MSU researchers. They advise a careful reading of polls to understand the range of results they represent.
At the University of Michigan alone, more than 30,000 students didn’t vote in 2014, the last election year for Michigan governor. If students start voting, candidates will pay attention.
Anthony England has worked on thorny problems before at NASA, and he’s convinced that the tunnel under the straits is a solution that is overdue.
Parents and students must demand relevant experiential learning environments that lead to in-demand jobs.
State financial support to higher education in Michigan has dropped precipitously since John Engler was governor. Now, MSU’s interim president challenges candidates on their plans.
A basketful of bad bills threaten to drive Michigan drivers crazy.
Gov. Rick Snyder got suckered by Enbridge into a deal that doesn’t protect the Great Lakes for years, and financially benefits only the Canadian oil industry, not Michigan residents.
About $380 million in rate relief has already been approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, with more cuts on the way
Look at the data, and you’ll see how much immigrants contribute to Michigan’s economy, and the state’s future.
Michigan drivers pay the highest insurance rates in the nation. That’s not going to change without reforms to the no-fault insurance system.
Prop 2 would be a disaster for Michigan, says Tony Daunt of the Michigan Freedom Fund.
Marijuana legalization in other states has been a disaster, claims a Michigan surgeon.
The next governor has an opportunity – and a responsibility – to address problems that have festered for decades in our polarized politics
A bill before the Michigan Legislature would expand dental care providers to include therapists to improve access to the poor and disabled. But those populations are exactly the people who need real dentists.
The controversial changes proposed for Michigan’s history books hurt the education of our children.
More high school grads are earning degrees and certificates, but we’re still below the national average.
Michigan has a special way of protecting families when someone suffers a traumatic injuries in auto accidents. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s lawsuit could undermine our unique safety net.
Candidates for governor have laid out plans for turning around Michigan’s failing schools. But only one has a plan that could succeed, argues the former Democratic president of the Michigan State Board of Education.
We can’t make good policy decisions if the ‘facts’ in our heads are wrong, say two Michigan State University economists.