Column: Student loan forgiveness proves that if government can’t help Americans, what good is it?
When President Joe Biden announced last week a student loan relief plan, many Americans reacted as though he had encouraged the overthrow of the government or stolen classified documents. Biden announced the U.S. Department of Education will cancel up to $20,000 in debt for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients. Pell […]
Column: Abortion should be a kitchen table conversation
My mom began dating an obstetrician-gynecologist when I was in high school. While she always spoke openly about reproductive health care with me, our kitchen table conversations quickly turned into question and answer sessions with her new partner. When asked about his day, he described the differences in birth control methods, new technology for hysterectomies, […]
Column: If anti-trans lawmakers got their way, I might not be alive today
In states across the country, small-minded lawmakers are pushing cruel, vicious new bills targeting transgender children. These bills threaten to ban everything from medical care to even acknowledging the existence of trans people in the classroom. Many threaten parents and medical providers with prosecution. And all of them put the lives of young trans people […]
Rick Haglund: Will Michigan remain the U.S. auto industry’s center amid the switch to EVs?
Nearly seven years ago, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she had “no doubt that the auto industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the past 50 years.” She was prescient, to say the least. About the only thing that hasn’t changed is Barra, who still runs […]
Ken Coleman: Black journalists must continue to fight for diversity, equity and inclusion
Journalism matters and so does minority representation in newsrooms. As a 54-year-old Black man who has been around the block a few times for the last 31 years, that’s been my mantra. On Thursday, Detroit’s National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) chapter kicked off a set of events to celebrate 40 years of existence. I […]
David Hecker: Health care is a human right. That’s why we support reproductive rights.
Our labor movement is all about fighting for all workers and all U.S. residents to be treated with respect and dignity and to enjoy equal rights and equal protections. We also have a long history of fighting for affordable, quality health care, be it at the bargaining table or advocating for state and national legislation. […]
Column: The new Kids Count report underscores longstanding health needs in Michigan
At the Michigan League for Public Policy, we have been working since 1912 to improve public policy, including working on health care services, access and affordability. And this has been a big week for health issues and related data in Michigan. On Aug. 8, the latest national Kids Count rankings were released by our partners […]
Rick Haglund: Republicans claim we’re in a recession, but most economists say otherwise
Now that the candidates for November’s general election are set, you’re going to be hearing the dreaded R-word, as in recession, even more than in the past few months. Are we heading for one? Are we already in one? And what the heck is a recession, anyway? Republican candidates trying to unseat Democratic incumbents will […]
After Roe’s overturning, Americans are demanding Supreme Court term limits
Paul M. Collins Jr. and Artemus Ward for The Conversation Following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning half a century of abortion rights under Roe v. Wade, nearly two-thirds of Americans want fundamental court reform, specifically term limits for Supreme Court justices. Indeed, on July 25, 2022, Democrats […]
In a post-Roe world, we need a new emergency number
Roe v. Wade – the 1973 landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that protected the right to abortion – was overturned by the current Supreme Court on June 24, 2022. This ruling places access to safe reproductive healthcare in jeopardy for millions of Americans throughout the U.S. But also at risk is our trust […]
Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance
Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]
David Hecker: Corporations should stop funding politicians who back voter suppression
Sometimes it is hard to live our values. We try hard to do so, and I for one, know that at times I falter. But while slipping at times is understandable, there are lines we must strive never to cross. Voting rights is not a complicated issue. It’s a question of fundamental values — justice, […]