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Guest commentary

Will we be better off if Proposal 1 passes? Former treasurer says yes

Yes, it raises taxes, but the problem it was designed to solve is urgent and must be addressed if the state is to move forward.

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Public sector

Michigan police big and small defend use of military gear

A Bridge database tracks Humvees to bandages, snowshoes to sleeping bags, rifles to ratchet straps, given by U.S. military to local police.

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Guest commentary

Fix disparities in public university funding in Michigan

A Mackinac Center analyst says the way the state spends $1.5 billion on higher education is unfair.

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The Center for Michigan

Where in the world is the Center for Michigan?

Beginning in December, the Center for Michigan’s public engagement team has been traveling the state to facilitate Community Conversations about jobs and workforce development. These discussions, titled “Getting to work: Opportunity and hurdles to success in Michigan,” have gathered more than 1,600 people in more than 50 cities across our state to date.

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Quality of life

Dreaming big: A walking trail spanning Michigan’s vast coastline

Could Michigan’s coast tracing the Mitten and Upper Peninsula be the centerpiece of a Great Lakes walking trail? At more than 10,000 miles, a proposed Great Lakes trail would be the world’s longest.

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The Center for Michigan

Bridge wins 12 awards from Society of Professional Journalists for state coverage

Bridge Magazine reports on state education policy, consumer watchdog issues and Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy among those cited for honors.

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Phil's column

A broken back, polio and the test of character

A book recounting how FDR’s struggles with polio helped shape his worldview reminds the author of a turning point in his own life.

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Guest commentary

An Earth Day pitch: When you hang up the phone for good, toss it the right way

The shiny technology we discard contains hazardous waste, and devices need to be recycled responsibly – especially since the volume is growing so fast.

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Guest commentary

Michigan’s roads affect everyone, so a ‘yes’ vote on Proposal 1 makes sense

Even residents who don’t drive can be directly affected by the terrible condition of the state’s transportation infrastructure. Proposal 1 is the best chance to get it fixed.

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Guest commentary

‘Diplomacy Begins Here’ conference aims to illuminate international relations

You don’t have to have immunity to be a diplomat. Some of the most rewarding relationships between people of different countries start with people-to-people exchanges.

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Currently on Bridge

Will we be better off if Proposal 1 passes? Former treasurer says yes

An Earth Day pitch: When you hang up the phone for good, toss it the right way

Michigan’s roads affect everyone, so a 'yes' vote on Proposal 1 makes sense

‘Diplomacy Begins Here’ conference aims to illuminate international relations

What NOT to post on Facebook: Jokes about prison rape, when you’re in charge of preventing prison rape

A program to give young offenders a second chance is sending many to prison

Similar accounts in suit over alleged teen prison rapes pose challenge to state's defense

‘New fish’ ‒ One teen inmate’s account of alleged sexual assault

Early learning summit in June could impact Michigan’s children

Money Smart Week: Be penny wise, and pound savvier

Plan B or no Plan B, here’s what happens if road proposal fails

The political tale behind the selling of Proposal 1

A Bridge primer: Untangling the pothole promise of Proposal 1

Who supports, and opposes, Proposal 1

Let's rebuild Michigan through its greatest asset: its water

Could a public boarding school model work in Detroit?

Coalition supporting Detroit schools a step in the city’s road back

Chasing fads? Today’s schools are struggling too much for that

For one Michigan legislative staffer, an hour or two in the spotlight

A cull is a kill, and it’s an overreaction to deer ‘problem’

Lack of college guidance keeps poor and rural students from applying

Those who can, do – and get their hands ‘dirty’ in the process

For one Detroit mom, a complicated path to employment

Detroit by the numbers – the truth about poverty

Michigan should require dental screening for all children entering kindergarten

Where in the world is the Center for Michigan?

After two years, hard to call ACA anything but a success

Bridge’s Academic State Champs emphasizes all the wrong measurements

A graying population poses challenges for Up North counties

Up North, isolation impedes health care for seniors

Enbridge oil pipes and the Straits of Mackinac: Too risky to ignore

Not bigger government, but better services when Community Health and Human Services merge

Two Michigans gaze across a widening gap

In northern counties, workers and business find each other lacking

Hidden poverty stalks a Pure Michigan setting

Postcard: How a git-’er-done spirit helps one rural school district

Postcard: When elk is for dinner

Postcard: Luxe life at Bay Harbor reflects changing economy

Postcard: A roof and a bed

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