Legislature OKs $1B bipartisan spending plan for business tax breaks, scholarships and more

BY: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 9:06 p.m. 9/28/22, with additional comments During the Legislature’s final scheduled voting day before the post-election lame duck session, a $1 billion supplemental spending plan made it to the finish line as night fell in Lansing. Senate Bills 842 and 844 have been approved by both the state House and Senate. Michigan currently has […]

Albert resigns as House Approps chair, opposes new bipartisan spending plan

BY: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 10:43 a.m. 9/28/22, with comments from Rep. Whiteford State Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) on Wednesday resigned from the powerful post of House Appropriations Committee chair, citing differences in vision with others involved in crafting supplemental funding legislation that has been expected to pass later in the day. Earlier this month Albert voiced his opposition […]

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package Tuesday that would provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, help communities throughout the country recover from natural disasters and keep the federal government funded through mid-December. Democrats and Republicans voted 72-23 to move the measure toward a final vote later this week—a success that […]


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 […]

Whitmer announces appointees to new Michigan Parents’ Council

BY: - September 19, 2022

Members of the newly formed Michigan Parents’ Council were announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  The advisory group was established by the Democratic governor to allow parents for the first time in Michigan history a more formal role in the education budget process. The council, which Whitmer’s office says represents parents from across Michigan and from […]


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 […]


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 […]

House Approps Chair Albert opposes spending $7B surplus, cites economic concerns

BY: - September 1, 2022

House Appropriations Committee Chair Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) on Thursday voiced his opposition to any supplemental spending this fall. In a statement, Albert said the state should not pursue additional budget allocations until the direction of the economy was more clear.  “There are no guarantees tax revenues will come into state government as previously anticipated,” Albert […]

Proposed rail line linking SE and northern Mich. touted for convenience, positive climate impact

BY: - August 24, 2022

Some Michigan residents and officials are encouraged about an effort that is expected to coordinate train service connecting the southeastern and northern regions of the state. A northern Michigan rail development plan would include cities such as Ann Arbor, Cadillac, Mt. Pleasant, Owosso, Traverse City, Petoskey and a potential route to Detroit. The effort, which […]

Whitmer vetoes anti-abortion, stem-cell restriction measures in education budget

BY: - July 18, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a number of line items Thursday in the state education budget that tied higher education funding to anti-abortion pregnancy resource centers and research grants that prohibit funding for embryonic stem-cell research.  The line items struck from the state’s $22.2 billion education budget include nearly $1 million for “pregnant and parenting student […]

Whitmer signs record $20B education budget

BY: - July 14, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Flint’s Mott Community College on Thursday to sign a $19.6 billion education budget to address student resources, school safety, school infrastructure, teacher retention and more. The state’s K-12 budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23 is the largest education budget in Michigan history, with a historic investment of $9,150 per student. […]