5 January 2017 • 25 comments
Looking for opportunity? Go west.
13 December 2016 • 8 comments
The legislature wants to make it harder to vote without state-approved photo ID. But based on data from the most recent election, few voters did so.
8 December 2016 • 51 commentsMichigan is among states that spend the lowest percentage of welfare dollars on services intended to help struggling people rejoin the workforce. Its strategy: Finding creative ways to relabel other budget items as welfare spending.
6 December 2016
Following the fire and violence of 1967, Detroit established itself as the most segregated metro area in the country, with African Americans confined to narrow sections of the city and much of the suburbs a no-go zone. (See a Bridge report on […]
6 December 2016 • 14 comments
Residential racism may be less overt than in the 1960s, but whites still live among whites, and blacks among blacks, 50 years after the violence of 1967.
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29 November 2016 • 39 comments
Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary has focused attention on Michigan’s generous choice policy. In September, Bridge Magazine revealed one troubling side-effect: segregation.
9 November 2016 • 56 comments
Donald Trump steamrolled Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in midsize to smaller counties across the state, flipping many that voted for President Obama in previous campaigns.
8 November 2016
How Michigan may play a pivotal role in presidential election: It could be firewall for Clinton or the fulcrum of a Trump shocker.
4 October 2016 • 48 commentsThousands of middle- to upper-income students use federal welfare funds to attend expensive private schools. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of impoverished families in Michigan receive cash assistance.
20 September 2016 • 21 comments
More than 300,000 public school students take advantage of the state’s popular school choice program. Whether by chance or design, districts are becoming less diverse.
20 September 2016 • 15 comments
The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.
16 August 2016 • 4 comments
Too many new entrepreneurs make the same, avoidable mistakes. In a state badly lagging in new businesses, executing a sound plan is critical. Our experts tell you how.
9 August 2016 • 30 comments
If the state doesn’t create a new generation of business owners, its future will remain hostage to the swings of the manufacturing sector.
23 June 2016 • 10 comments
The Grand Rapids region continues to surge ahead, adding jobs (if not high wages) across a wide area. Can its success be exported to the rest of Michigan?
14 June 2016 • 20 comments
Cities like Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon lured young professionals to struggling neighborhoods with tax breaks that allowed them to pay a pittance in taxes for beautiful homes or condos. Should those breaks be extended?
17 May 2016 • 10 comments
What Michigan can learn from this Ohio border city, which manages to balance its budget and keep cops on the street despite budget challenges.
5 May 2016 • 18 comments
A measure to raise speed limits on Michigan highways is intended to align speed laws with how fast people actually drive. It’s not working out that way.