Public Sector

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.


MSU trustee defends Engler hire despite past differences with governor

February 2, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Democrat Dianne Byrum says John Engler is right choice as interim president of Michigan State despite her criticisms of his treatment of female prisoners’ claims as governor.

Michigan tames a 18,409-word testament to bureaucracy run amok

February 1, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Michigan’s application for public assistance was the longest in the nation. Until it became a two-year crusade to reform the form.

Michigan Dems call on Abdul El-Sayed to take eligibility issue to court

February 1, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Following Bridge report, Democrats call on progressive candidate to settle issue.

MSU Interim President John Engler was dismissive of sexual assault claims as governor

January 31, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

John Engler called rape and harassment claims by women prisoners “baseless” and “without merit” when he was Michigan goveronor. He was wrong. The state eventually paid $100 million to more than 500 women assaulted by male prison guards. Engler was named interim president of Michigan State in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Michigan prevailing wage law repeal petition will undergo second signature review

January 30, 2018 | Riley Beggin

After a “close call” signature review, the Bureau of Elections suggested the petition move on to a larger sampling process. The Board of Canvassers sided with the Bureau Tuesday.

Abdul El-Sayed says how he would help Michigan cities as governor

January 29, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The former Detroit Health Department director’s plan includes increases in public transportation funding, tax credits and the minimum wage.

Group against Michigan's prevailing wage asks to skip signature review

January 29, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The ballot committee Protecting Michigan Taxpayers wants to send prevailing wage repeal proposal to GOP-led Legislature for approval

Campaign eligibility is tricky, but has tripped up Michigan candidates

January 29, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Michigan Constitution’s requirements derailed a 2010 campaign for governor before it started.

Abdul El-Sayed’s stint in NYC may derail bid for Michigan governor

January 29, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A court may have to decide whether the progressive Democrat makes it on the ballot – he was registered to vote in New York as recently as 2015. El-Sayed says he’s confident he can run and blasts his doubters.

How Michigan tax proposals will affect you ‒ and the state budget

January 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Rick Snyder and House and Senate lawmakers disagree on how much money Michigan taxpayers should recoup following changes to federal tax law.

Michigan income tax calculator

January 25, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Enter your number of tax exemptions, find out how much you would save  

Five big things Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants done. All of them iffy.

January 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Snyder begins his final year as a lame duck, wrestling with fellow Republicans on tax cuts, funding for roads, schools and talent. Bridge asked five experts to predict his success.

No offense, Gov. Snyder, but here’s Michigan’s real ‘State of the State’

January 23, 2018 | Ron French

Candidates for state office will talk about whatever it is they want to talk about. Here are the critical issues they should be addressing, and the facts you need to evaluate their campaigns.

Detroit Dems seek alternative to Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan governor race

January 15, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Concerns about polling, fundraising and Gretchen Whitmer's name recognition prompt “hand wringing” among party insiders, led by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. But others see sexism at play.

Why Democratic candidates need Detroit to become governor

January 15, 2018 | John Bebow

Dem’s chances at the governor’s chair often run through Detroit and Wayne County. Strong connections and support there can make a big difference, past election results suggest.

5 things Michigan Republicans want in 2018

January 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

In a major election year, can anything worthwhile get done in Lansing?

Wealthy benefit most from Michigan’s energy savings plans, study finds

December 14, 2017 | Andy Balaskovitz

Programs designed to help customers lower energy bills aren’t benefiting those who need them most.

Need broadband in Michigan? Rural life can mean you’re out of luck

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Households, students and small business in much of rural Michigan struggle with slow Internet

Wiring rural Michigan with broadband, one home at a time

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A small fiber optic firm near Grand Rapids fills in the broadband gap for rural Michigan families

Michigan GOP hopefuls have a choice: Love Trump or leave race.

November 16, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

To win the primary for governor, Republicans must remain loyal to the president. But that could hurt them in the general election.