Phil's Column

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


Phil Power: Tax e-cigarettes to pay for enforcement and treatment

September 16, 2019 | Phil Power

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent announcement of a ban on flavored vaping products comes amid hundreds of illnesses and a few deaths across the country. There is more to be done to protect teens.

Phil Power: Let’s hope Michigan third-grade reading law focuses priorities

September 6, 2019 | Phil Power

With thousands of children facing the possibility of having to repeat third grade if state reading scores don’t improve, the stress on young students, teachers and parents will be considerable.

Phil Power | Labor Day has lost some luster, as partisanship pulls us apart

August 28, 2019 | Phil Power

Unions have done a great job uplifting their members to the middle class. But partisanship and class divisions have eroded Labor Day, one of the most American of all holidays.

Phil Power | Michigan will miss John Dingell’s leadership

February 8, 2019 | Phil Power

Imposing, funny, sometimes scary, John Dingell was a legend who left his mark on the state and the nation. We may never see his likes again

Phil Power | Please help Bridge expand its nonpartisan journalism in Michigan

November 28, 2018 | Phil Power

Reader donations are the lifeblood of our work and powers our improvement and growth.

Phil Power | Reflections on a rainy Michigan Election Day

November 8, 2018 | Phil Power

As political parties crouch behind competing notions of white identity politics and a celebration of diversity, how will America manage the inevitable shift in national demographics?

Phil Power | Michigan’s elections are rigged. Is redistricting proposal the answer?

October 10, 2018 | Phil Power

Proposal 2 would take the drawing of legislative lines out of the hands of politicians. But it could also exclude people of good will who want to participate.

Phil Power | Noting the passing of Homer Neal, who worked to change the face of physics

June 12, 2018 | Phil Power

The longtime U-M professor transformed how college physics is taught, making his mark in a field where African Americans remain a rarity

Phil Power | The leader Robert Kennedy might have become

June 6, 2018 | Phil Power

Kennedy’s shooting, 50 years ago, ended the life of a presidential candidate who had established a remarkable emotional bond with an extraordinary range of Americans

Phil Power | The case for ending Michigan’s system for term limits

May 22, 2018 | Phil Power

A quarter century after Michigan adopted some of the most restrictive term-limit legislation in the nation, a new report reveals the law’s failures

Facebook is hardly the only threat to our online privacy

May 8, 2018 | Phil Power

We are living in a daunting new world in which technology companies can grab anybody’s personal data and and sell it for profit.

Barbara Bush spelled class. These 4 Michiganders also merit the term

April 24, 2018 | Phil Power

Former Gov. William Milliken, lawmaker Paul Hillegonds, educator Marilyn Schlack and Judge Damon Keith bring civility and respect to the hard work of making Michigan better.

How to bring the Michigan Truth Tour to your town this election year

April 17, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine tour is designed to elevate citizen engagement as the state faces critical decisions on how to lift Michigan’s fortunes going forward.

Lawmakers fiddle as Michigan burns

April 10, 2018 | Phil Power

The public wants Lansing to fix the roads, improve education and keep our water safe and clean. In response: Nothing.

Michigan’s #1 election issue is education

March 27, 2018 | Phil Power

Tolerating continued deterioration of our schools contributes to the long-term abuse of our children. Don’t vote for any candidate who lacks a detailed, long-term turnaround plan.

The best hedge against fake news is the Michigan Truth Tour

March 13, 2018 | Phil Power

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are countering the pernicious effect of misleading online “news stories” by bringing rigorous, fact-based events and reporting to Michigan’s 2018 elections.

Why Michigan schools fail, and what to do about it

March 6, 2018 | Phil Power

Absent changes to the state constitution, the pressure is on lawmakers to rescue our schools from the abyss

Will Florida shootings shift Republican dogma on guns?

February 27, 2018 | Phil Power

High school students around the country seem to be executing the transformation from observers of repeated classroom shootings, to survivors, and finally to drivers of political protest.

Allowing governor to name college boards is a quick fix. But is it wise?

February 13, 2018 | Phil Power

There are risks in any sudden and hasty attempts to radically impose change on a system that has served Michigan pretty well over the years.

As Gov. Snyder fades, searching for bipartisan solutions in Lansing

January 30, 2018 | Phil Power

Public revulsion at the nakedly partisan nonsense in Lansing and Washington has grown so strongly that it's possible there might emerge an opening for a bipartisan effort to undo our deadlocked democracy.