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The email trail of the latest workers charged in the Flint water crisis

July 29, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Bridge Magazine culled its comprehensive timeline of the Flint lead-poisoning scandal for emails relating to the six state health and environmental workers charged Friday with criminal conduct

Years of missed warnings before Flint River switch

February 17, 2016 | John Bebow

From the state treasurer’s office to the local water treatment plant, concerns about the Flint River went unheeded – with some of the most troubling leveled in the final days before residents began drinking the water.

Seven reasons Michigan residents should ask questions about their own drinking water

February 17, 2016 | John Bebow

Safe drinking water is taken for granted by almost everyone who pays a water bill. But as recent events make clear, the state’s monitoring is hardly fail-safe. Don’t be afraid to wade in and investigate

Where blame leads so far in Flint water crisis

February 4, 2016 | Bridge Staff

With Snyder taking the heat for the Flint crisis, an exhaustive review of available records shines harsh light on the state and federal agencies responsible for safe drinking water

Disaster Day by Day: A detailed Flint crisis timeline

February 4, 2016 | Bridge Staff

This timeline seeks to present as complete a picture of the Flint water disaster as can reasonably be provided at this time from information currently in the public sphere

THE GOOD, THE BAD, and THE UGLY: Rating comments of public officials and experts on the Flint water crisis

February 4, 2016 | Bridge Staff

This Michigan Truth Squad gallery of quotes provides a quick public guide to nearly three dozen key statements attributed to public officials, government regulators, and other drinking water and public health experts throughout the Flint drinking water saga.

Michigan Tax Facts QUIZ

October 11, 2014 | Bridge Staff

When we launched the series "Michigan Tax Facts" we promised to provide the most important information every Michigan tax payer needs to know. So how did we do? Today, we will test your knowledge.

Michigan tax facts, part 9: What will happen to your taxes in the future?

October 7, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Ten years from now, will you be paying more, less, or the same amount of Michigan taxes that you pay today? Four experienced bean counters offer very different predictions.

Michigan tax facts, part 10: Sifting through fuzzy tax math on the campaign trail

October 7, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Political candidates love to offer chickens in every pot. The specific recipes for how they’ll pay for their campaign promises are far more elusive. This year is no different on the Michigan campaign trail.

Michigan tax facts, part 7: Will your city hall and local schools go bankrupt?

October 2, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Local governments dodged a bullet with passage of the Proposal 1 tax reform in August. But many still aren’t secure. Do they need more money? Should they change how they do business? Or both?

Michigan tax facts, part 8: What would Richard Headlee think today?

October 2, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

A generation ago, an insurance executive fashioned himself a role as the defender of Michigan taxpayers. Voters approved the Headlee Amendment, which placed a ceiling on the growth of government. Today, Michigan government spending is billions of dollars under the cap Richard Headlee fought for.

Michigan tax facts, part 5: Who gets tax breaks in Michigan?

September 23, 2014 | Bridge Staff

Michigan offers some $30 billion in annual tax breaks to dozens and dozens of causes large and small. Do you get any? Probably.

Michigan tax facts, part 6: How much do taxes matter for business location?

September 23, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Voters often get wooed by campaign promises of tax cuts to improve the economy and attract business. Are there results behind the sound bites?