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Is FOIA like the Russia probe? And other surprises from Michigan GOP candidates

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

One candidate doubts the value of a math major. Another likened a stronger public records laws to the Mueller probe, and not in a good way.

IDs for undocumented workers? And other surprises from Michigan Democrats

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Five surprises from Democratic governor candidates. One wants more services for undocumented workers. Another would prepare for a recession with construction jobs. A third can’t say when it’s raining.

Brian Calley: What Michigan could learn from ‘Pissed Off Autism Moms’

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The lieutenant governor says he and other parents of kids with autism learned how to fight big insurance and win.

Patrick Colbeck: Eliminate income taxes to expand Michigan’s economy, population

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Republican running for governor says tax could be gradually reduced to zero without cutting schools or public safety.

Jim Hines: Michigan school problems can’t be solved with money alone

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Republican governor candidate says billions more have gone into schools with few results. He’d start by scrapping Common Core and consider eliminating subsidized preschool.

Bill Schuette: Michigan must fix education, lower taxes and car insurance

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican pledges to improve Michigan reading scores and car insurance rates, both of which are among nation’s worst.

Abdul El-Sayed: Expand health care, access to education in Michigan

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic doctor slams Gov. Rick Snyder, vows to shut down Line 5 and institute single-payer healthcare system.

Shri Thanedar: Fix Michigan schools by taxing rich, reforming prisons

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Democratic entrepreneur proposes need-based school funding, graduated income taxes and massive infrastructure repairs.

Gretchen Whitmer: Grow Michigan by offering debt-free community college

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Democrat pledges better protections for water, stopping Line 5 and investments in schools, roads and infrastructure.

Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot measure

July 18, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state’s High Court jousted with attorneys Wednesday over whether a measure that would change the way Michigan draws voting lines should be allowed to go to voters in November.

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.

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