Politics + Gov
Blacks took lead as Michigan ‘freed the weed’
“I think it’s a tremendous victory that we freed the weed, as I like to say, or legalize marijuana in a time when African-Americans are four times more likely to be convicted of marijuana."
Utilities fight Michigan’s post-Flint lead regulation
Water utilities and services that provide tap water for a majority of Michigan residents are pushing back against a new state lead rule meant to protect public health after the Flint water crisis.
Indivisible activists fired up to fight GOP in Lame Duck
Indivisible groups, which propelled Democrats to victories in key races across Michigan last month, are now firing up to fight the GOP legislation in Lame Duck.
DeVos family gave to Mississippi U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith
Members of West Michigan’s DeVos family, longtime stalwarts of state and national GOP causes and candidates, were among those financially supporting U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).
Susan J. Demas: I thought I was done with journalism. I was wrong. Here’s why.
Whenever I’m contemplating a big life change, I head to the mountains. I love the Rockies, Cascades and Great Dividing Range in Australia, but my heart belongs to the Sierra Nevadas — Yosemite, in particular. Whether it’s sweating and struggling to scale a peak or just wandering around a snow-streaked pass, it gives me time […]
Snyder’s PFAS funding falls short, environmentalists say
Environmentalists say Gov. Rick Snyder’s requested $43 million in additional funding to tackle contamination from a suite of chemicals abbreviated as PFAS is a good start.
Economist: GOP minimum wage plan hurts low-wage workers, could halt some job losses
Last week’s push by the GOP-controlled Legislature to slow a the $12 minimum wage hike until 2030 will have a variety of economic ripple effects, according to a Purdue University economist.
Michigan cities embrace philanthropic support as state funding slides
As experts have recently questioned the sustainability of Michigan’s municipal funding structure, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor says that philanthropy could fill in some key financial gaps for communities.