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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Detroit fire union drops 50-year battle to keep seniority-only promotions

The DFD’s current system is 128 years old and resisted change for decades, but bankruptcy was able to overturn what the city’s mayors couldn’t.

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Public sector

Obamacare giveth, but courts could taketh away

A federal court case could set the stage for the repeal of Obamacare tax credits, and drastically raise health-care costs for 250,000 Michigan residents. A final decision is likely a year away.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Proposal 1 spot toes the line on factual claims

The proposal to repeal Michigan’s personal property tax and replace it with a different tax may be confusing, but the measure’s supporters are playing fair in their advertising.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Trott ad earns warning for contending Bentivolio won’t meet with voters

His ad says U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio “failed to stand up for conservatives” by missing a vote, but goes further and claims he’s MIA at town hall meetings.

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Michigan Truth Squad

When does life begin? Assumptions on scientific issues gets warning

A candidate’s proposed Life at Conception Act raises tricky questions about whether such a proposal would ban common forms of birth control.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Medicaid melee as 37th District candidates defend expansion votes

Two state representatives fight over Medicaid expansion.

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Guest commentary

Michigan could lead on making voting easier, but no movement in Lansing

Why is turnout so low in non-presidential elections? Some simple reforms could make it easier to cast a ballot, and make the state’s voter participation close the gap with registration.

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Brunch with Bridge

Anti-panhandling ordinances should offend our moral conscience

Beggars are unsightly and discomfiting, but we’re called to help them, not shove them out of sight and out of mind.

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Brunch with Bridge

How about a cease-fire for Michigan pyrotechnics?

Three years of relaxed fireworks restrictions have sowed bad blood between neighbors, terrorized pets and set city leaders fuming. Is freedom worth it?

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Brunch with Bridge

Visit a few gems on the sunset side before summer sets

A national travel guide spills the beans on its top 10 travel guides, and guess which state made No. 1? A native makes some trip suggestions.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Giving Detroiters a tax break

Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Detroit taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents

Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.

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Guest commentary

Michigan beginning to lure venture capitalists

National investors are increasingly bullish about Michigan startups, getting past the mindset that we’re a flyover state.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown

Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

New private Duggan fund to support ‘Detroit’s agenda’

Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.

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