Commentary

Column: Fear of reporters is fear of the truth

BY: - October 7, 2022

In the weeks after he assumed office, former President Donald Trump put reporters in the crosshairs when he labeled them “the enemy of the American people.” He was following the authoritarian playbook, long consulted by the likes of Stalin and Hitler, but it was shocking to see such strongman rhetoric coming from an American leader, […]

Column: What the new public charge rule means for millions of immigrants

BY: - October 6, 2022

When I joined the Michigan League for Public Policy three years ago, one of the first topics I dove into was the “public charge” regulation and the work of the Protecting Immigrant Families – Michigan (PIF-MI) campaign.  A few weeks before my start date, the Trump administration published its final rule on public charge on […]

Susan J. Demas: Michigan Republicans beg Whitmer to zip it on abortion rights

BY: - October 4, 2022

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference in May, it suddenly became clear how many pundits had misjudged this particular political moment. You would have expected the Democrat to earn some polite applause at the traditionally stuffy confab dominated by CEOs, lobbyists and legislators, one where her predecessor, Republican […]

Susan J. Demas: As Trump goes full QAnon, Dixon delights in sowing Whitmer kidnapping conspiracies

BY: - September 27, 2022

It’s been a rough couple months for Donald Trump, who, as you recall, has the distinction of being our only twice-impeached president. After trying to instigate a coup because he didn’t like that he (badly) lost the 2020 election, he’s still flexing his muscles over the GOP by successfully endorsing a slew of 2022 candidates, […]

Column: Republicans and allies have blitzed the courts with voting and election lawsuits

BY: - September 26, 2022

With the 2022 midterms roughly six weeks away, Republicans and their allies have blitzed the nation’s courts with election-related lawsuits, with more than half the legal actions attacking mail-in balloting. Republican-affiliated groups filed 41 lawsuits through Sept. 16, compared to seven last year, and 13 by the same point in 2020, according to a new report by Democracy […]

Rick Haglund: What’s the best way to lower the cost of college in Michigan?

BY: - September 24, 2022

In my most recent column, I opined that President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt would do little to address the high cost of getting a four-year college degree or higher. I also outlined a variety of reasons why college has become out of reach for so many, including […]

Column: Flaws in Michigan’s Opportunity Zone program require the state to take action

BY: - September 22, 2022

A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) looks into the impacts of federal Opportunity Zones on Michigan communities and state revenue. The Opportunity Zone program, adopted as part of the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, provides tax breaks for wealthy investors who invest in neighborhoods with high poverty rates […]

Susan J. Demas: Dixon’s ‘parents’ rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just over 20 years ago, I gave birth to my first child early on in my journalism career. In the years that followed, I would be told by several editors, some who were trying to be helpful and others who appeared to still reside in the Stone Age, that my decision to start a family […]

David Hecker: We can debate issues, but public education shouldn’t be a political war zone

BY: - September 19, 2022

As a union representing educators, we have a vested interest in public policy, and therefore politics. And as a union, AFT Michigan has received our fair share of criticism from people who believe politics do not belong in education.  At best, the claims that we should keep education and politics separate are somewhat misguided. At […]

Susan J. Demas: Michigan has a 1931 law banning abortion. Now voters can decide if it stands.

BY: - September 14, 2022

It’s been a confusing time for women since June, when the far-right U.S. Supreme Court gleefully chucked almost 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade. Suddenly, one in three women across America are no longer able to make intimate health care decisions for themselves and their families. There have been so many heart-wrenching […]

Rick Haglund: Student loan forgiveness will aid millions, but college affordability problems remain

BY: - September 7, 2022

President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel as much as $20,000 per borrower in college federal student loan debt will help millions burdened by skyrocketing costs of higher education over the past several decades. In Michigan, 1.4 million residents will benefit from the loan forgiveness program, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. As many as half could see […]

Alex Rossman: On Labor Day, big wins for workers, new hopes and unfinished business

BY: - September 5, 2022

For Michigan workers and those who advocate on their behalf, there’s a lot to be happy about this Labor Day (and it’s not just because it happens to be my birthday this year).  The state has continued to make important investments in a variety of programs and services to help workers. A longstanding fight for […]