Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan.
The Republican-led Legislature just passed a bill that would make it easier for oceangoing vessels to dump ballast water (along with invasive species) into the Great Lakes. Will Gov. Snyder sign it?
The University of Michigan Medical School is teaming with public health officials and insurers to curtail doctors who overprescribe opioids for pain, leading to addiction and abuse.
His premature death leaves a sadly diminished group of Michigan leaders devoted to nonpartisan ideas for improving our state’s future.
The politically elected, eight-member board, however well meaning and thoughtful, makes it more difficult to establish accountability for Michigan’s sprawling public school system.
A U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to a profound upheaval in both political parties’ ability to act out their parochial and selfish political impulses.
Job automation is remorseless and unstoppable. Those running for office in Michigan next year need to steer the agenda for our economy and education system to meet this critical challenge.
Michigan’s public education system is so disjointed that it’s impossible to know who to hold accountable. Lose the school board and make the governor responsible for turning around our state’s declining schools.
Michigan is now an educational backwater, for wealthy white kids along with poor students of color. But Lansing is more focused on tax breaks than our children’s economic future.
The university’s commitment to top-flight research and activism is celebrated by an alum who bleeds maize and blue.
The memories of the burning and looting remain deeply engraved as a cautionary tale of how things can go south so quickly
A social media industry that ducks its public responsibility to accuracy is an industry that is setting itself up for a devastating comeuppance
Will the U.S. Supreme Court strike down a Wisconsin system that heavily favors one political party over another? If so, watch for seismic changes in states like Michigan.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley’s initiative would only double down on the inexperience that’s already hurting the Legislature’s ability to pass good policy
Memorial Day reminds of our national values and shared sacrifice
Instead of buying in mindlessly to either Republican (cut) or Democratic (spend) doctrine, politicians running for state office in 2018 must think about what ordinary residents want. Creating a citizens’ agenda for Michigan.
Automation, globalization and fears raised by immigrants raise political stress that will only yield to leaders who can bring people together.
Phil Power visits three candidates, Dan Kildee, Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer, all likely to seek the governorship in 2018. All are smart and able, but each has yet to find a theme that can bring Michiganders together.
The riot – or rebellion, as some call it – raised long-suppressed issues of race, poverty, joblessness and despair among African-American Detroiters. How much has truly changed?
Michiganders told us they can’t count on Lansing to handle the basics. Ending term limits and legislative gerrymandering are two ways to make politicians more responsive to all residents.
If we don’t have public confidence in our system of representative government and in our political leaders to reform and improve, our options are pretty much reduced to chaos or authoritarianism.