Politics + Gov

Blacks took lead as Michigan ‘freed the weed’

BY: - December 4, 2018

“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

BY: - December 4, 2018

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

BY: - December 4, 2018

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

BY: - December 4, 2018

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.).

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: I thought I was done with journalism. I was wrong. Here’s why.

BY: - December 4, 2018

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 […]

Michigan DEQ contractors

Snyder’s PFAS funding falls short, environmentalists say

BY: - December 4, 2018

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

BY: - December 4, 2018

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

BY: - December 4, 2018

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.