Commentary

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Alicia Guevara Warren: Time for action and change in our child welfare system

BY: - April 25, 2019

At a recent seminar, I was challenged to think differently about strategies we use to get results for kids and families. Earlier this year, I was selected to be a Class 11 fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship program. Over the course of a week, we had time to reflect […]

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Anne Woiwode: Whitmer must shut down Line 5

BY: - April 25, 2019

On Earth Day, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s visionary new Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) was born, bringing together the ambitious goals of protecting the Great Lakes, addressing climate change and environmental justice and enacting an agenda to quickly transition to a clean energy future. But just days earlier, it was reported that Whitmer […]

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Lisa Canada: Lawmakers should act quickly to stop payroll, tax fraud hurting workers

BY: - April 24, 2019

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights represents more than 14,000 men and women who build our state from the ground up. From the bridges we drive across, to the schools, hospitals and factories we depend upon, our members work hard for good, Michigan contractors and build the infrastructure our state needs. But not […]

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Kate Gasparro: Civic crowdfunding reduces the risk of ‘bikelash’

BY: - April 22, 2019

Bike-sharing and dockless bike ventures are spreading as more people get around on two wheels. Cyclists, planners, environmentalists and others are excited to see these initiatives thrive. At the same time, there are reasons for concern. Nearly 800 American cyclists died in 2017 after being hit by cars or trucks. Those fatalities were up 25 […]

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Column: Michigan needs a ‘rural ombudsman’

BY: and - April 17, 2019

Michigan’s official state motto is: “Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice,” or, “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” Michigan is a large state composed of great and struggling cities, sprawling suburbs and our often-forgotten rural communities. We are asking our new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who visited all 83 counties during her campaign, to […]

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Column: Are America’s teachers really underpaid?

BY: - April 16, 2019

In the spring of 2018, thousands of public school teachers walked out of their classrooms in a half-dozen states, protesting low salaries, rising class sizes and cuts to school budgets that have prompted most teachers to buy their own classroom supplies. Additional strikes followed in 2019 in Los Angeles, Denver and Oakland. While these walkouts, […]

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Susan J. Demas: Republicans have accepted Trump is terrible. And they’ve decided Democrats are worse.

BY: - April 15, 2019

Back in the halcyon “Never Trump” days of 2016, you’d see conservatives slamming the GOP presidential nominee daily on TV. Much of the focus was on Donald Trump’s “coarseness,” not necessarily his overt racism and sexism. And plenty were horrified by his “populist” agenda instead of Reagan-style supply-side economics. But some weren’t afraid to call […]

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Rick Haglund: Republicans hit Whitmer by playing up urban vs. rural divide

BY: - April 13, 2019

Republican lawmakers who are dealing with a Democratic governor for the first time in eight years have already hatched a strategy to take back the seat: Claim at every turn that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is a city slicker who favors urban interests over the needs of the state’s rural population. My initial snarky reaction was […]

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Sarah Riggs Stapleton: It can take a village to feed hungry kids in schools

BY: - April 12, 2019

One in six American children faces hunger and three out of four teachers report regularly seeing hungry kids in their classrooms. In response, school meals make up a large fraction of federal food assistance. The National School Lunch Program is the second-largest federal food assistance program, serving 30.4 million children. It is complemented by the […]

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Alex Rossman: Why we should all care about the high cost of child care

BY: - April 12, 2019

As the parents of twin infants, my wife and I pay more than $500 a week to send them to a child care center. That’s about 10 times more than a monthly car payment and double a home mortgage payment. In fact, on average, the annual cost of child care in Michigan is rivaling the […]

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Brian Calley: Michigan’s public-private partnership with the Special Olympics means everyone wins

BY: - April 10, 2019

In my first term as lieutenant governor, I led the bipartisan and bicameral Mental Health and Wellness Commission. We took a comprehensive and expansive look at several aspects of life and society for those living with neurological differences, including mental illnesses, developmental disabilities or substance use disorders. This work focused on health care, education, employment, […]

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Column: Families are choosing between their health and staying together

BY: and - April 9, 2019

When it was time for Ximena to go to her prenatal appointment, she decided to stay home. “I have to miss my appointments,” she told us, “because it scares me to leave, because of the fear that one day they’re going to arrest me. And what would happen to my kids?” Ximena, whose name we […]