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Susan J. Demas: It’s OK to cut people from your life who don’t regard you as a person

BY: - June 28, 2022

With an illegitimate Supreme Court deciding that half the population doesn’t deserve basic rights in overturning Roe v. Wade, we can’t even grieve in peace. We also have to deal with an onslaught of exceedingly dumb takes and trolls. Thanks to social media, there’s really no escape from what everyone from the kid you sat […]

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John L. Micek: With Roe headed to the states, every vote this fall matters

BY: - June 27, 2022

Ever since she was old enough for me to tell her anything, I’ve been telling my daughter that she could grow up to be whatever she wants to be, that no obstacle, big or small, would ever stand in her way. I’ve told her that she’ll set her own destiny — that she’ll write the […]

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David Hecker: Here’s why canceling student debt matters

BY: - June 21, 2022

For decades, teenagers have been sold a version of the American dream centered around college education: They’ll go to school, graduate with a degree, and find enough success in their chosen field to pay off their debts and thrive financially.  Parts of this are true, and some lucky few may have this exact experience — […]

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Column: Trump is a domestic enemy. Treat him like one.

BY: - June 20, 2022

The hearings of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection have already provided conclusive evidence that the effort to overturn the 2020 election was a conspiracy directed by a corrupt sitting president who knew the effort was based on lies and encouraged violence in pursuit of power. The damning testimony before the committee and […]

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Column: To achieve justice, our fight against lead poisoning has to go beyond prevention

BY: - June 20, 2022

The Michigan League for Public Policy was pleased to take part in the most recent annual Lead Education Day sponsored by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes (MIALSH).  Advocates from across the state met with legislators to talk about the impact of lead on our families and communities and solutions that make all of […]

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Rick Haglund: Michigan’s economy is more diverse, but still too dependent on the auto industry

BY: - June 13, 2022

There’s been so much hoopla lately about Michigan’s auto industry making a radical switch to electric vehicles, you might think there’s little else happening in the state’s economy. But you’d be wrong. The vast majority of Michigan jobs are in health care, retail trade, finance and a variety of professional and business services, including accountants, […]

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Column: It’s time to build a budget that helps Michigan work for all residents

BY: - June 1, 2022

The state’s budget isn’t just a ledger of revenues and expenditures — it is a statement of our state’s priorities. What policymakers choose to spend our state’s resources on each year shows Michigan residents what we as a state value. And these funding priorities have significant power. Budget decisions have the opportunity to reduce and […]

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Rick Haglund: Indiana economist says focus on low taxes and less regulations has been a bust

BY: - May 30, 2022

Over the past few decades, Indiana has often been cited as a strong economic model for neighboring Michigan. Michigan economic developers, business lobbyists and mostly Republican lawmakers have long envied the Hoosier State’s business-friendly policies that include low taxes, light regulation and aggressive business attraction tactics. Those elements apparently helped Indiana best Michigan in winning […]

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Column: An investment in moms is an investment in Michigan

BY: - May 25, 2022

Earlier this month, I celebrated Mother’s Day with two of our three sons and all four of our grandsons. While there was much joy on that day, I was thinking of the challenges that many moms in Michigan face. And the opportunities to improve things for moms and their kids in Michigan. We are in […]

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Column: With COVID as an unwanted houseguest, I’m thankful for vaccines and frustrated with society

BY: - May 17, 2022

After two years and two months, COVID-19 finally arrived for my family. That meant my days were consumed with resting, checking temperatures, sneezing, coughing, ordering delivery and taking rapid tests. I wouldn’t recommend it as a family getaway package. (I suppose the ordering delivery part was OK.) Yet our experience showed how far treatments have […]

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Susan J. Demas: The anti-abortion movement’s extremism can no longer be whitewashed

BY: - May 16, 2022

After years of seeing gauzy anti-abortion ads cajoling women of color not to “kill” their Black and Brown babies, last week may have been a bit of a jolt. Amid a baby formula shortage (thanks to a heavily monopolized industry), Republicans quickly adopted the talking point that the Biden administration should withhold formula from migrant […]

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David Hecker: We must fight back against attacks on LGBTQ+ kids and adults

BY: - May 11, 2022

Right now, I am worried. Like many others in Michigan and across the country, I’ve seen the onslaught of homophobic and transphobic attacks coming at LGBTQ+ kids and adults from all angles, and I know the impact this kind of bigotry can have on people who are already marginalized. In just the past few weeks […]