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Susan J. Demas: Normalcy bias is a hell of a drug

BY: - July 16, 2022

When life becomes overwhelming, it’s normal to try and protect ourselves by insisting that things aren’t that bad. That coping mechanism can work, at least in the short-term, but most of us know that choosing to live in denial will never solve the real issues at hand. So what happens when we’re living through this […]

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Rick Haglund: A big tax cut this election year comes with big tradeoffs for Michigan

BY: - July 6, 2022

High gas prices, bulging state coffers and election-year politics are likely to accelerate efforts by both political parties to cut state taxes.  While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature haven’t agreed on tax cuts, they did strike a deal last week on a $76 billion state budget, and there is $7 billion in unallocated cash […]

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Susan J. Demas: Forcing 10-year-old rape victims to give birth isn’t moral, just or ‘pro-life’

BY: - July 5, 2022

For the first decades after Roe v. Wade was decided, anti-abortion forces made the case that they were the real pro-women movement.  They claimed to love the sinner (the fallen woman) but hated the sin of abortion. They just wanted to save female babies. And some promised to be there with the first box of […]

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A Republic, if we can keep it: Now is not the time for despair, but renewed and relentless action

BY: - July 4, 2022

Most of us have heard the tale: As Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” This Independence Day, many Americans feel betrayed and […]

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Column: We need to advocate for immigrant-inclusive policies that have a year-round impact

BY: - June 30, 2022

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, which recognizes the experiences, achievements, and contributions — economic and cultural — of immigrants across the country.  Our state’s immigrant communities are full of nearly 700,000 Michiganders who moved to a new country with courage and resolve, work hard for their families and help make Michigan a place we all […]

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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 […]