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Where Michigan governor candidates stand on taxes, spending

July 16, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates for governor outline their plans to spend money –  and whether they’ll want more taxes.

California’s redistricting commission has some free advice for Michigan

July 16, 2018 | Ron French

California has had a citizen redistricting commission since 2008 similar to the one proposed in Michigan. One lesson from the Left Coast: be prepared for lawsuits.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on fixing the roads

July 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates for governor outline their plans to fund road repairs. Some say considerably more than others.

Can any Michigan governor candidate fix the roads?

July 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates for governor claim to have plans to fix Michigan roads. But none detail how they would raise the billions of dollars said to be needed each year.

Michigan inmates may lose college funding. That’s bad news for the rest of us.

July 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Studies show prison education more than pays for itself by making ex-cons less likely to reoffend. But funding for prison classes may well run dry by next summer. Should Lansing fill in the gap?

How a California college program for inmates pays returns for taxpayers

July 10, 2018 | Ron French

Why should convicted killers get free college? It’s a good question, with a surprisingly easy answer

Ionia warden: Calvin College program is transforming my prison

July 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A college prison collaboration between Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary offers hope, leadership – and a degree - for lifers at an Ionia prison.

Michigan Supreme Court will decide redistricting battle

July 6, 2018 | Bridge Staff

The high court says it will hear arguments July 18 on whether to allow voters in November to consider a ballot measure that would change how legislative districts are drawn in Michigan.  

Rapid transit projects hit the skids in three Michigan cities

June 28, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Expensive systems in Grand Rapids and Detroit are performing below par. Another was axed in Lansing. What went wrong?

How Ann Arbor boosted its bus system, as other Michigan cities struggle

June 28, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Ann Arbor asked voters to pay for upgrades in bus service. They said yes – and ridership is up.

Michigan could see tax windfall from marijuana, betting and online shopping

June 27, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan officials may find a plethora of riches soon. Will they spend it on roads, schools or tax breaks?

Bill Schuette asks Michigan Supreme Court to reject redistricting proposal

June 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Schuette, the attorney general and Republican frontrunner for governor, wants Michigan redistricting question off the November ballot. His office argues the proposal creates “a fourth branch of government.”

Business groups split over Michigan Republican governor candidates

June 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette are splitting chamber of commerce endorsements, which bring clout and funding. Is the business community divided?

Michigan Democrats running for governor strike similar policy goals

June 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

With the exception of healthcare, there were no major disagreements at first official Democratic governor’s debate in 2018

Redistricting proposal to appear on Michigan ballot, only Supreme Court in way

June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The petition to create an independent citizens redistricting commission was approved to appear on the general election ballot Wednesday. The Michigan Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to consider a challenge to the proposal.

A Supreme Court challenge could be next for Michigan redistricting proposal

June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan redistricting measure may well be approved Wednesday for the November ballot. But the Michigan Supreme Court could still decide to reject the proposed constitutional amendment later this summer.

Two Michigan Libertarian governor candidates walk into a bar…

June 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan will have its first Libertarian gubernatorial primary in its history this August. From Ayn Rand to civil rights, Bridge talks philosophy and politics over a beer with the candidates.

Michigan Sen. Patrick Colbeck attacks ‘inaccurate’ reporting on social studies role

June 13, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Sen. Colbeck accuses Bridge Magazine of overstating his role in revising state social studies standards. Bridge responds.

Feds: Oakland County’s ‘discriminatory’ housing policies fuel segregation

June 12, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

County officials say they’re blindsided by blistering letter from HUD accusing their housing policies of perpetuating worst regional segregation in nation.

Michigan justices backed by opponents of redistricting proposal may decide its fate

June 8, 2018 | Craig Mauger

Michigan’s Supreme Court has a rich history of expensive judicial races and partisan pressure when it comes to redistricting. A 2018 ballot measure may hang in the balance.

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