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Rick Haglund: Michigan’s auto industry faces historic changes

BY: - March 17, 2019

Who needs economic diversification? We’re the auto state, baby! That’s essentially the message Michigan has been sending to the world in the past decade since Detroit’s automakers roared back from their near collapse. Amplifying the message was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ stunning announcement in February that it intends to invest $4.5 billion to build a new […]

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Alex Rossman: Michigan’s budget should address racial inequality

BY: - March 16, 2019

I was going to write this for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Then I was going to write this for Black History Month. But twin life happened — I’ve mentioned I’m the dad of multiples, right? — and now it’s March. While I missed out on those more overt ways to talk about racial equity, […]

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Susan J. Demas: Business leaders should call GOP’s bluff on Whitmer’s gas tax

BY: - March 15, 2019

It’s almost springtime in Michigan, which means that it’s time for another glorious season of pothole roulette. Nobody really denies that our roads are in shambles, as most Michiganders have lost a tire (or several) or coughed up hundreds of dollars for far more serious car repairs. And the $2.5 billion annual cost to really […]

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Susan J. Demas: Open the Legislature and governor up to FOIA because we’re #DoneWaiting

BY: - March 4, 2019

If you’d like to find out what key politicians are really up to in Michigan, good luck. Our campaign finance laws are a joke. And Michigan ranks dead last for government transparency and accountability, according to the Center for Public Integrity.   We’re also one of only two states in the country to shield both […]

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Tom Watkins: ‘Our Muslim Neighbors’ teaches us about humanity

BY: - March 3, 2019

I knew Victor Ghalib Begg through various civic and public boards where we crossed paths over the years. On Sept. 11, 2001, we were together at a Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) strategic planning retreat. Victor was sitting between Michigan’s then-first lady, Michelle Engler, and myself. At the time, I was Michigan’s state superintendent of […]

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Gilda Z. Jacobs: Bipartisan balance needed in Michigan’s budget

BY: - March 1, 2019

The Michigan League for Public Policy has been working on our annual report for 2018, and in looking back on our highlights from last year, a clear pattern has emerged. In addition to a lot of defensive battles, with varying degrees of success, our biggest policy “wins” for the people of Michigan each year are […]

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Susan J. Demas: Cox calls Whitmer ‘crazy,’ because it’s Trump’s GOP now

BY: - February 26, 2019

Former Gov. Rick Snyder wasn’t at the Michigan Republican Party state convention last weekend — and neither was his brand of civility politics. New party Chair Laura Cox rode to her position on the strength of endorsements from heavy-hitters in President Trump’s orbit, like 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale. So she appeared to be doing […]

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Rick Haglund: Amazon vs. everybody and Michigan’s place in tax break wars

BY: - February 24, 2019

Good-government types are hailing the breakup of online retail giant Amazon and New York City as a long-awaited reckoning of the outrageous subsidies offered by states and communities looking to attract new employers. Amazon, as you might have read between stories about President Trump playing golf during a supposed national emergency and Princess Meghan Markle’s […]

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Alex Rossman: My view from the ICU: Everyone deserves quality health care

BY: - February 17, 2019

I’m writing this from a hospital room in the pediatric intensive care unit. One of my sweet little nine-month-old daughters (yes, twins!) is dealing with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and is sleeping a few feet away with a feeding tube down her throat and artificial oxygen being steadily pumped into her nose. She looks a […]

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Susan J. Demas: It’s a new day in Michigan, boys. Try and keep up.

BY: - February 16, 2019

Just after Christmas 2011, I was sitting in a tent in Arizona’s Arrastra Mountains, enjoying the 20-degree chill and a much-needed break from covering politics 14 hours a day. Out of habit, I was scrolling through news on my Blackberry (yes, that’s what I had at the time) and stumbled on a quote from then-state Sen. […]

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Rick Haglund: Biz groups fighting Whitmer’s environmental agenda fail to see big economic picture

BY: - February 15, 2019

Republican leaders in the Legislature have pledged to work cooperatively with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on solving the tough issues facing the state. But apparently that spirit of collaboration doesn’t apply when she does something they don’t like. GOP lawmakers and business lobbying groups are incensed with Whitmer over a recent executive order she issued […]

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Tom Watkins: We must end mental health stigma to stop suicide

BY: - February 15, 2019

The news hit me hard. There was another apparent suicide and my heart sank. I did not know Travis Weber well; in fact, I believe I only met him once briefly. That did not stop the tears from flowing when I heard the news. Travis Weber served as former Gov. Rick Snyder’s legal counsel and […]