Citizens cannot do their job of running their government if they don’t know what their public servants are doing. Bridge will take you beyond the political food fights into the policy decisions that affect everyday life.
Government records are private. Gerrymandering is common. Dark money is omnipresent. But some say solutions will cause more problems.
Initiatives to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law and to legalize recreational marijuana may be on the ballot in November. Those backing and opposing each issue defend their sides.
Bridge Magazine requested financial data from 19 candidates for governor to shed light on potential conflicts of interest. Here’s a rundown of who responded, and who didn’t.
Bridge Magazine asked the 19 candidates for Michigan governor for tax returns and other financial details. Here’s a checklist noting who replied, and who did not.
Good news: Michigan has new voting equipment. Bad news: No system is secure, and state procedures make it harder to catch tampering.
The state earns a near-failing grade for its roads, water and other infrastructure from civil engineers, with virtually no improvement since 2009.
From roads to drinking water, Michigan doesn’t spend enough money on upkeep. What would candidates to succeed Rick Snyder do to make long-term fixes, and how would they pay for it?
Bridge asked Michigan candidates for governor if they support “red flag” legislation, that would allow police to seize firearms from ag person deemed dangerous before they commit violence.
A Republican committee chair promises to give a good look to stalled bills to allow relatives and police to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from those who pose risks.
Grand Traverse County is searching for its fourth administrator in three years as county workers go to war over benefit cuts. Could the political upheaval be a bellwether for other distressed communities?
While the political chaos playing out in Grand Traverse County is bizarre, it’s a harbinger of local troubles throughout the state.
Using new state data, Bridge ranks each of Michigan’s 83 counties on how they are handling retiree debt, taxes and revenue.
Michigan’s open records laws remain more barrier than gateway. Government officials, though, say they’re besieged by requests.
Interactive map allows residents to file electronic Freedom of Information Act requests in southeast Michigan
Filing a FOIA is often an exercise in frustration in Michigan. Here’s some tips on making the process somewhat less painful.
Use this form to make your life slightly easier when filing a Freedom of Information Act request in Michigan.
Six months out from the primary, Michigan’s candidates for governor are on the town hall circuit. As for now, they’re still mostly talking in broad strokes.
How will a desire for tax cuts among GOP lawmakers affect Snyder’s plans for more money for roads and schools?
Over Gov. Rick Snyder’s two terms as Michigan governor, state spending has risen overall, but has gone down for prisons, and spending remains far below 2000 levels.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has backed efforts to lower the price tag on corrections costs and programs designed to keep offenders from returning to prison. In this series we examine seven years of Gov. Rick Snyder's budgets as he prepares to present his final budget proposal.