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.


Michigan medical marijuana 101: A primer.

September 19, 2017 | Chastity Pratt

There’s a lot of moving parts as the state moves to shore up the ‘wild west’ industry. Here’s what you need to know.

Betsy DeVos wants to rethink how colleges probe sexual assault. She may have a point.

September 12, 2017 | Ron French

Bridge investigations into assault cases at major Michigan universities reveal practices that should trouble both victims of sexual assault, and those who are accused.

Small-town Michigan high schools dump traditional football

September 7, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Rural Michigan high schools are turning to eight-player teams,  as thousands of young athletes across Michigan reject the troubled sport.

Michigan employers brace for challenges with end of DACA

September 7, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lawyers say impact of ending program for those whose parents entered U.S. illegally will be greater than most anticipate.

Michigan apologizes for screwing residents. Then fights like hell.

August 29, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Whether it’s false fraud charges, poisoned water or abused prisoners, state government too often is not here to help.

Does your Michigan police force have Army surplus gear? (Check our database)

August 29, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Trump administration lifted ban on military weaponry for local police.

Now what? A familiar fear when disabled children turn 26.

August 24, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The murder-suicide of a respected educator and his son serves as a rallying cry to some about the stresses that begin when special education ends.

Here’s what Michigan lawmakers have to say about Charlottesville, Trump’s ‘both sides’

August 16, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Lawmakers condemned the alt-right, and question the president’s statement about violence in Virginia.

Where can you carry a gun in Michigan? It’s complicated. (How much? Take our quiz)

August 15, 2017 | Ron French

One in 12 Michigan adults have a license to carry a concealed handgun. But even experts can’t offer a simple answer about where it’s legal to carry, and where a gun under your coat is a five-year felony.

How many concealed weapons are there in YOUR county? (Interactive map)

August 15, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to learn how many concealed weapons there are throughout Michigan.

The latest hurdle to employment in Michigan? Traffic fines.

August 10, 2017 | Chad Livengood

Michigan is phasing out unpopular fees. But more than 317,000 drivers still owe nearly $595 million, making it hard for them to find jobs.

Michigan’s segregated past – and present (Told in 9 interactive maps)

August 8, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Segregation today has its roots in government-sanctioned housing policies from the 1930s, which barred blacks and other minorities from obtaining mortgages in nicer (whiter) neighborhoods. Check out segregation patterns in YOUR city.