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John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan. Prior to joining the Center in 2006, he worked for 16 years as a professional journalist.

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How Snyder’s chief of staff wrestled with Flint, with few victories

Dennis Muchmore’s deep experience as the governor’s point man did not translate into solutions for Flint’s water crisis. A year in emails.




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Three ways Snyder emails may foretell Michigan’s future

Snyder administration emails on the handling of the Flint water crisis point to some big policy decisions facing the state.




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Years of missed warnings before Flint River switch

From the state treasurer’s office to the local water treatment plant, concerns about the Flint River went unheeded – with some of the most troubling leveled in the final days before residents began drinking the water.




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Seven reasons Michigan residents should ask questions about their own drinking water

Safe drinking water is taken for granted by almost everyone who pays a water bill. But as recent events make clear, the state’s monitoring is hardly fail-safe. Don’t be afraid to wade in and investigate.




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Collaborating instead of competing: new Crain’s joint venture helps Bridge serve Michigan readers and leaders

The joint hiring of Lansing business reporter Lindsay VanHulle helps Bridge and Crain’s Detroit Business forge a new journalistic path.




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March gradness: An NCAA bracket built on grad rates, not victories

Yes, we know, your March Madness bracket is a mess. So let’s blow it up and start over. Let’s play “March Gradness” instead… Check out what happens to the NCAA Tournament Bracket when the winners are based on college graduation rates instead of basketball scores. Check out your team’s fortune’s in March Gradness.




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Truth Squad defends its fact-driven reporting against political attack

An organization called Progress Michigan published a blog post today questioning the integrity of Bridge Magazine’s Michigan Truth Squad political ad watchdog service. Specifically, Progress Michigan said other media partners should “think twice” before publishing our Truth Squad calls on political ads […]

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Young professional groups sprout to grow Mich. connections

Traveling around Michigan is one of the pleasures of running the Center for Michigan. You get a sense of the rhythm of communities and what trends are developing. One such positive development made the front page of the Battle Creek Enquirer this […]

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Cut prison spending, CFM tells Senate panel

My written testimony for a meeting today of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections: “Good afternoon. Thank you Senator (John) Proos and fellow members of the committee for the opportunity to speak with you today. In 2008, the Center for Michigan organized a […]

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Land O Links: Prison edition

The political dynamics of each state will vary, but the trend toward changes in how states deal with prisons and holding felons is unmistakable. A few highlights from around the nation: * A full rundown, from an advocacy group, of state by […]

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Poll: Voters back university funding pool

Michigan voters are supportive of state universities’ positive role in the Michigan economy. And they’re interested in looking at new ways to improve campus funding and accountability. Those are key conclusions from a new Business Leaders for Michigan poll released today. The […]

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Student debt snapshot for each Michigan university

Is Michigan experiencing an unsustainable student loan bubble? Students at Michigan’s 15 public universities took out nearly $2 billion in student loans in the 2009-10 school year. That one-year, statewide student debt load increased $600 million – or 49 percent – in […]

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Paterno didn’t see it coming, but Hutchins did

Surveying the events out of State College, Pa., in recent days, I was reminded of a comment from a wise man: “A student can win 12 letters at a university without learning how to write one.” So said Robert Maynard Hutchins about […]

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Earned a college degree; got a pizza box

Last Monday evening, a professional career counselor in Plymouth named Jim Danielski received this email: “Mr. Danielski: I am trying to assist my college graduate son in his pursuit of a job.  He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Political Science.  […]

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‘Skills gap’ goes national

Via Politico.com, a new analysis is out from Bloomberg BusinessWeek on a topic familiar to Bridge readers this week — the “skills gap”: “FIRST LOOK: AMERICA OUT OF WORK – Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover, “America Isn’t Working,” looks at the skills gap among […]

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