Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan.
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Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini never forgot his roots and nourished the soil that rooted him
America's reserve of thoughtful, decent and able politicians continues its seemingly remorseless decline.
Our national culture trumps political correctness every time.
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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