Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan.
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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.
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
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.
A very big reason Michigan students are falling behind is the very structure of our education system blurs responsibility and eliminates accountability
History teaches that when political leaders are tone deaf, frustrated and aroused citizens often take things into their own hands.
Reflecting on the special glories of a Michigan summer holiday
Bridge Magazine’s new book on the Flint water crisis, “Poison on Tap,” reminds readers what can happen when our institutions start breaking down.
It’s time for leaders in the legislature to put aside short-term skirmishes that produce momentary headlines and focus on longer-term imperatives that will leave a lasting mark.
State policies over many decades are choking off revenue to cities across the state. Is Michigan willing to change?
Acceleration of events imposes dimly perceived but very important changes in the way we think
On a trip overseas, the perils of international free-trade agreements appear in China, and the wonders of a strong infrastructure unfold at 200-mph in Japan.
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All it takes is an inattentive or bored citizenry to set the stage for the decline of the republic
If the experience in Flint teaches anything, it’s that when lots of local people complain loudly and persistently about things going wrong, usually there is something going wrong
We are witnessing the slow deterioration of a political system that is showing itself incapable of governing our country effectively
The catastrophe in Genesee keeps revealing itself, with lesson after lesson on how to miss seeing, and mishandle, a modern meltdown
As we ponder conflicting accusations of who is to blame for the water disaster in Flint and the financial crisis in Detroit’s public schools, let’s also take a moment to consider some of the root causes that led to these emergencies and how to fix them.