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Servers want $12 an hour. This restaurant owner says he can't afford it.

October 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new Michigan law would require restaurant servers to earn at least $12 an hour before tips by 2024 — if Michigan legislators don’t change it first.

Paid sick leave law making some Michigan businesses feel queasy

October 18, 2018 | Ron French

A Traverse City nonprofit working with the disabled said it barely scrapes by. If it has to pay workers while they are out ill, the group’s director says it may have to cut services to survive.

Amid Michigan opioid crisis, drug centers say new rules mean layoffs

October 17, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Treatment officials argue that state regulatory changes could close detox centers and force layoffs. State officials counter that centers need full-time doctors and certified providers to ensure patient safety.

Michigan’s Republican black-sheep justice is winning some unlikely allies

October 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement has been snubbed by Republicans for her votes on key rulings. But moderates in both parties are rallying (and giving) to a justice they say put principles above party.

Lawmakers to introduce bills to reform bail in Michigan

October 16, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan lawmakers propose bills to get rid of cash bail, but can they get it done before time runs out?

Emails: Michigan Republicans brag that redistricting ‘protects incumbents’

October 13, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Some Republicans were ‘beyond pissed’ and ‘just hated’ proposed political districts that threatened their power, prompting wheeling and dealing to ensure favorable districts in 2011, new emails in federal gerrymandering suit claim.

Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 3 (voting rights)

October 11, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Proposal 3 ‒ aka Promote the Vote ‒ adds 7 voting reforms to Michigan’s constitution. We lay out the pros and cons, and the cash behind it. This is the last of three Bridge reports on Michigan ballot issues.

Who’s funding Michigan’s voting rights ballot proposal?

October 11, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Bridge follows the money on who is supporting Proposal 3, also known as Promote the Vote. Spoiler alert: It includes the ACLU. Who is backing opposition to the effort is less clear.

Prop 3 shows voters’ distrust. But is Michigan Constitution the best remedy?

October 11, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Proponents of expanding voting access in Michigan say that spelling out these rights in the constitution makes them harder for lawmakers to eliminate. Critics say the legislative process is where public policy should be made.

Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 2 (redistricting)

October 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters Not Politicians says it will stop partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. We explain how the proposal works, how it might not, and where the money is coming from. Part 2 of 3 on state ballot issues.

Who is funding the fight over a redistricting proposal in Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Alexandra Schmidt

Each side in the battle over partisan gerrymandering has brought in national money for their campaigns. That’s where the similarities end.

5 concerns about Michigan’s redistricting proposal and what to make of them

October 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

It’s more expensive, you can’t vote commission members out of office, and the commission might exclude your mom. Experts weigh in on each of these critiques and others.

Opinion | Gerrymandering has been ‘weaponized’ in Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Author David Daley has studied Michigan political districts and says expected Democratic gains only prove the power of gerrymandering in the state.

Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 1 (recreational pot)

October 9, 2018 | Alexandra Schmidt

In the first of three reports on ballot measures, Bridge begins with marijuana: Who is behind efforts to fund and oppose it, its risks and benefits, and its impact on communities. 

Who's funding the fight over recreational marijuana in Michigan?

October 9, 2018 | Alexandra Schmidt

Interest groups, individuals, and businesses fund the legalization campaign. One group funds majority of their opposition.

Local governments across Michigan vexed over how to handle legal weed

October 9, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Officials from Michigan’s local governments on both the right and left say they’re not shouting “reefer madness,” but have practical concerns about how to regulate pot businesses in their communities.

Pot in the workplace: Prop 1 has Michigan employers flummoxed

October 9, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Voters are likely to approve recreational pot in November, but you could be fired simply for having traces of the drug in your system. What you, and your company, need to know.

Bill Schuette: I’ll figure out how to fix Michigan roads after I win

October 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican gubernatorial candidate predicts he’ll narrowly defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who he claims “wants to tax everything that moves.” Then, as governor, he’ll focus on fixing the state’s roads.

Bill Schuette says failing schools must improve or face consequences

October 8, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

The Republican candidate for governor said in an interview he wants to reward improving schools with more funds. For those that aren’t: every option is on the table.

Three Michigan Attorney General candidates with wildly different visions

October 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Democrat Dana Nessel, Republican Tom Leonard and Independent Chris Graveline spoke with Bridge about their priorities and what sets them apart.

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