Phil's Column

Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan. 


Send Bridge the worst examples of bad government writing

March 7, 2017 | Phil Power

How you can help the state clean up the best of the worst examples of incomprehensible government forms, laws or other documents.

Phasing out income-tax revenue a dangerous game

February 21, 2017 | Phil Power

Lansing’s tax-cutting obsession is leading Michigan down the drain

In Legionnaires’ story, an example of Bridge Magazine’s mark

February 7, 2017 | Phil Power

Bridge Magazine just won its second straight “Newspaper of the Year” award. Dogged reporting like that shown in uncovering some mysterious pneumonia deaths near Flint is one reason why.

Getting Lansing to consider our long-term infrastructure needs

January 31, 2017 | Phil Power

Lawmakers are floating elimination of the state’s income tax at a time when evidence shows that Michigan desperately needs more state revenues to fix crumbling roads and keep drinking water safe.  

In search of common ground

January 25, 2017 | Phil Power

Bridge Magazine’s “Michigan Divided” project aims to walk in the shoes of, and find common values among, those who are different from us.

‘Fake news’ and the delegitimization of traditional journalism

January 18, 2017 | Phil Power

Living in a post-fact world, in which there is no independent standard by which to judge the accuracy of any assertion.

Cold? Spend a winter in Alaska, then we’ll talk cold

January 12, 2017 | Phil Power

Drunks in snowbanks, toes chopped off with an axe, and other pleasant tales from the arctic tundra.

The end of fake news

January 6, 2017 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge are embarking on the immense task of developing fact-based, statistical measures of Michigan’s economy, education system, health and environment to help solve the state’s most vexing problems.

Wolves of Christmas Past

December 19, 2016 | Phil Power

Even the coldest, loneliest holiday season can be warmed with Handel, a pet wolf and a caribou roast

Betsy DeVos’ path to an easier confirmation

December 13, 2016 | Phil Power

The U.S. Education Secretary nominee should recommend that the state markedly improve oversight of charter schools and demand the release of private charter companies’ financial statements.

A Chinese voice on Trump, free speech and political correctness

December 6, 2016 | Phil Power

A heavily censored Chinese media is not conducive to a well-informed citizenry. But free speech alone won’t solve problems facing the U.S.

In an era of fake news and layoffs at the dailies, you can count on Bridge

November 29, 2016 | Phil Power

Your tax-deductible investment in nonprofit journalism will help Bridge expand our data-driven policy analysis, political watchdog work and the best education coverage in the state

Reflections on Trump’s election: Taking the long view

November 15, 2016 | Phil Power

There is often a direct relationship between a candidate having a compelling vision for our society and the enthusiasm of the voter

After bitter campaign, dark days for the Republic

November 8, 2016 | Phil Power

When we cannot even agree on facts, how can we reasonably discuss politics or policy, much less governance?

Tom Hayden, reflections on an old friend

November 1, 2016 | Phil Power

Admiring the leadership traits that turned the University of Michigan student into the leading voice of the 1960s campus anti-war movement.

Vote yes on the metro Detroit mass transit proposal

October 18, 2016 | Phil Power

The RTA plan isn’t perfect, but it may be our last, best chance for moving our region forward.

Bridge Magazine turns 5 with pride

October 4, 2016 | Phil Power

Fighting the tide of media cutbacks, Bridge journalism provides insight into the events of the day and a sense of community togethernes

Will Lansing commit to transparency and high education standards?

September 27, 2016 | Phil Power

Here’s hoping the Senate won’t weasel out of a bill that makes lawmakers subject to the open records law. Lansing must also keep the rigorous M-STEP test, Michigan’s best bet for accurately gauging our students’ success.

Saving money on the backs of college grads

September 13, 2016 | Phil Power

Students today are being asked to assume debt levels that are far higher than they were before Lansing started cutting back on support for higher ed

Two Kalamazoo leaders put their hearts, and money, into city

September 6, 2016 | Phil Power

As the state continues to starve Michigan cities of needed revenue, two civic-minded philanthropists are working to ease the financial burden on their beloved Kalamazoo.