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.
After disclosure of government incompetence in Flint, there were passionate calls for Michigan to join 48 other states in making the governor and legislature subject to the state’s public records laws. But House and Senate leaders remain reluctant.
In Part 2, Bridge shows how Pennsylvania and Ohio are taking a different approach to keeping their cities stron
What Michigan can learn from this Ohio border city, which manages to balance its budget and keep cops on the street despite budget challenges
When cities lose 2,300 police officers, it’s time for Michigan to look in the mirror.
Plenty of Michigan towns and cities lost 30, 40 or even 50 percent of its police force in the past decade
Out of money, the city of Wayne depends on public generosity to maintain public safety. Is this any way to run a government
The “breakfast capital of the world” is having its lunch eaten by a fraying municipal infrastructure.
Saginaw’s recreation department was eliminated following cuts to state revenue sharing money, which used to be the city’s biggest funding sourc
In an echo of Detroit’s “grand bargain,” 10 Michigan foundations, led by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, are combining to inject up to $125 million into Flint’s recovery.
The Michigan Legislature has yet to hold hearings on a measure that would require that tampons be provided free in public schools and state buildings. Other bills would exempt menstrual products from the state sales tax
The popular congresswoman is turning from Washington to pursue an obscure post that few people ever cared about. Until Flint.
A measure to raise speed limits on Michigan highways is intended to align speed laws with how fast people actually drive. It’s not working out that way.
The failure to come up with more than short-term fixes shows “a lack of concern for people,” says John B. King Jr., who urged a permanent resolution
Michigan’s CEO governor is the subject of case studies and forums in which the culture in his administration is being compared with oil spills and the Challenger explosion.
The state attorney general promises more will be held responsible for the city’s lead-tainted water, while singling out two DEQ employees, as well as Flint’s water-quality supervisor.
A national ranking system financially punishes hospitals for high rates of hospital-acquired conditions, such as infections. But large, big-city hospitals say their poor scores can be misleading because they deal with patients more susceptible to complications.
It’s one of the most influential groups you’ve never heard of. Born a century ago, its independent research still drives much of state policymaking.
What happens when opposites attract? Many supporters of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders find themselves agreeing on issues, but from very different directions.
As city and state officials race to resolve the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, communication problems cause headaches and hard feelings