Commentary

Column: Michigan is failing children with tattered safety net 

BY: - September 12, 2019

As state legislators approve budgets for Fiscal Year 2020, it seems unlikely that anything will be done to rebuild the tattered safety net for children living in deep poverty.  Despite ongoing high levels of poverty, the number of children receiving basic income assistance through the Family Independence Program (FIP) fell from 151,000 in 2009 to […]

Kara Hope: There’s no excuse for Michigan Republicans failing to act on common-sense gun reform

BY: - September 10, 2019

Many people are frustrated with the U.S. Senate for its failure to act on the expanded background checks legislation passed by the House. I share that frustration.  But if you are frustrated by inaction in Washington, you will find no comfort in what is going on in the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. My Democratic colleagues and […]

Susan J. Demas: Dear Michigan Republicans: Your party never wins government shutdowns

BY: - September 9, 2019

Michigan is a mere 22 days away from a government shutdown (but who’s counting?) and you might be confused as to why. It’s actually pretty simple. From a policy standpoint, Michigan has chronically underinvested for decades — but most egregiously under the GOP in the last decade of relative economic prosperity — in core areas […]

Told you so: Columnist floats Whitmer as Biden VP

BY: - September 6, 2019

I hate to say I told you so (OK, I so don’t), but an Insider NJ columnist this week is out with a column that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would make a fine running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020. Yes, it’s early. And sure, no one know who the Democratic nominee […]

Amy Greene: These women’s accomplishments tell another story of America

BY: - September 3, 2019

Two American Democratic representatives have been forbidden to enter Israel: “What are Trump and Netanyahu afraid of?” questioned the New York Times in an op-ed stating that such a decision “shows weakness and intolerance, not strength”. The two Democratic representatives are Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib. Together with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York’s […]

Brian Elder: On Labor Day, here’s why Michigan needs a working-class agenda

BY: - September 2, 2019

Organized labor didn’t just give rise to the auto industry; it gave birth to the American middle class.   These jobs set the standard around the country and allowed for the American dream to be made possible for all — regardless of their gender, race, religion or class. And because of that, there is no group […]

Column: Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future

BY: - September 2, 2019

Science fiction has long imagined a future in which humans constantly interact with robots and intelligent machines. This future is already happening in warehouses and manufacturing businesses. Other workers use virtual or augmented reality as part of their employment training, to assist them in performing their job or to interact with clients. And lots of […]

Rick Haglund: Warning light is flashing for Michigan’s auto industry

BY: - September 1, 2019

It’s been a great decade for Michigan’s critically important auto industry, which almost died 10 years ago during the Great Recession. Annual U.S. sales for all automakers jumped from 10.4 million in 2009 — the lowest since 1982 — to an almost-record 17.2 million last year, a 65% increase.  Automakers and their parts suppliers in […]

Column: Schools can’t afford to wait as the Legislature drags its feet on the budget

BY: , and - August 31, 2019

As schools throughout the metro Detroit area have begun to open their doors to students again, they’re doing so with an unusual and alarming amount of guesswork involved. Instead of spending the summer months implementing their budget planning for the new year, including filling critically important teaching and support staff positions, school administrators were instead […]

Column: We need to focus on kids’ strengths in school and beyond

BY: - August 30, 2019

Seeing all those back-to-school posts on Facebook is making me more than a little misty this year.  As a mom, I know my days of having a “little kid” are dwindling. And as a former teacher, I feel a rush of emotions. Guilt about not being there for my students. Sadness about missing out on […]

Susan J. Demas: Trump’s crazy 2 weeks underscore just how much we’ll lose if he wins in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2019

President Donald Trump is diverting disaster funds during hurricane season to his precious border wall. Migrant children are being raped, falling ill and dying in border concentration camps. His administration is planning to stop regulating the greenhouse gas methane as the Amazon is literally on fire. Trump has managed to unleash even more mad-king rantings […]

Column: When you fix those damn roads, include mobility for all

BY: - August 26, 2019

Michigan has a transportation funding problem, and it’s been with us for years. We don’t invest enough in our system, and when we do, it doesn’t help everybody. This dysfunction has led us to the point where we need to invest at least $2.5 billion annually to “fix the damn roads.” As bad as they […]