Commentary

Rick Haglund: Census shows Michigan is still losing the race to attract young talent

BY: - August 30, 2021

Alarm bells should be ringing in the heads of state policymakers over Michigan’s latest census figures. Why, you ask? At first glance, the numbers look pretty good. The 2020 census, released earlier this month, shows Michigan has 10,077,331 residents. That’s the first time the state has cracked the 10 million mark since 2008. Many of […]

Susan J. Demas: As COVID surges again in Michigan, Whitmer’s leadership shrinks

BY: - August 28, 2021

For weeks, terrified parents, anxious teachers and weary administrators have been waiting for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to step up and be the leader she was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sane majority is sick and tired of being pushed around by wild-eyed anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers berating and threatening health and elected officials […]

Column: SNAP update will help fight hunger, especially in northern Michigan

BY: - August 27, 2021

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) keeps 270,000 Michiganders, more than 40%of them children, out of poverty every year and helps ensure that families have enough to eat.  SNAP’s positive impact has been limited, however, by an outdated basis for calculating benefits. President Joe Biden’s administration recently announced steps to modernize the program and increase […]

Column: Mr. Justice Breyer, thank you for your service. Now please retire.

BY: - August 26, 2021

People wonder how Republicans captured the U.S. Supreme Court, which now has a 6-3 conservative majority among the justices. Those six conservative justices were all nominated by Republican presidents. Mostly, Republicans accomplished this long-sought goal simply by taking the high court seriously. Even though terms like conservative and liberal shift somewhat over time, conservative in […]

Column: Children are dying for Republican ‘freedom’

BY: - August 25, 2021

Apparently, the bodies of sick or dead children are not a motivator for today’s Republicans. Then again, when were they? When 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Republicans didn’t fight to end gun violence — they doubled down on unfettered gun access. When scientists warned decades ago that generations […]

Sarah Anthony: For Michigan, jobs and justice hinge on climate action

BY: - August 24, 2021

Michiganders are in the midst of what might be one of the most dangerous summers on record due to climate change. Prolonged drought is putting us at increased risk for wildfires. The warming of the Great Lakes means more extreme storms in our region. And heat waves in our urban centers like Detroit are predicted to become even deadlier. […]

Column: I was a journalist from Coal Country. This is the Rich Trumka I knew.

BY: - August 23, 2021

It was quite a journey for Richard Trumka, who was born in the coal fields of Pennsylvania and made his way to the halls of power in our nation’s capital. The son of a  coal miner, Trumka grew up in Nemacolin, an isolated, rural hamlet in southwestern Pennsylvania with about 1,000 people. From those humble […]

Susan J. Demas: If schools can send girls home for short skirts, they can enforce mask mandates

BY: - August 21, 2021

We’ve tried all sorts of things to make masks palatable for the extremely loud minority of parents and GOP politicians who keep taking over school board meetings across the country, throwing Nazi salutes and nonsensically screaming that safety measures are “child abuse.” Let’s be clear. The majority of our country is vaccinated against COVID-19 and […]

Holly McCall: COVID comes home

BY: - August 18, 2021

My husband is a bull of a man. He’s rarely sick and I’ve never known anything to scare him. He joined the Chicago Carpenters Union at 18, swinging a hammer for years before working his way up to superintendent. When a nail went through his work boot into his foot, he pulled it out and […]

Column: Should the unvaccinated be denied health care?

BY: - August 16, 2021

The hippocratic oath requires doctors to treat all patients equally — but what happens when you run out of doctors? This isn’t the first time medical staff and hospital beds were in short supply during the pandemic. There is, however, something notably different this time. In the early stages of COVID-19, patients overflowed hospitals at […]

Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction

BY: - August 15, 2021

If you were around for the before time in 2019, you know that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was dominated by GOP leaders in the Legislature doing everything they could to thwart her attempts to “fix the damn roads” — her signature 2018 campaign promise. That preceded Republicans doing everything they could […]

Column: ‘Build Back Better’ federal budget charts course toward stronger, more equitable future

BY: - August 13, 2021

After debate and discussion that went until 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Senate has voted to advance a budget resolution that lays the groundwork for Congress to craft and enact a slate of President Joe Biden’s proposed investments known as the “Build Back Better” plan. The Michigan League for Public Policy and our […]