15 December 2016 • 5 comments
Some of the best journalism on Iraq’s oil industry comes out of a company based in Kalamazoo. That’s right.
1 December 2016 • 10 comments
Many of today’s kindergarteners may eventually have to repeat third grade if their reading skills fall short. In West Michigan, 100 school districts have joined forces to boost early reading. The goal: to pass every student to fourth grade.
10 November 2016 • 17 comments
Polling is scientific – really. But its accuracy depends on skillful practices, which can be constrained by outside pressures like time and money.
10 November 2016 • 15 comments
Why do we require local sheriffs, prosecutors and clerks to declare a party affiliation in the primaries? One U.P. representative lobbies to end this practice in a Bridge Q-and-A.
20 October 2016 • 15 comments
How do you replace an entire city’s aging underground infrastructure? One house at a time.
13 October 2016 • 25 comments
Metro Detroit’s miserable public transit picture has a potential solution, requiring buy-in from those who use it and the businesses and communities that benefit from it. Whether voters will get on board remains an open question.
6 September 2016 • 18 comments
In a report released today, a public policy group says the legislature is underfunding its public universities at a critical time in a transforming economy.
1 September 2016 • 4 comments
Michigan, like most states, will have to spend billions on aging water infrastructure. But cities like Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and even tiny Manistee are already dipping their toes into innovative projects to keep surging stormwater at bay.
18 August 2016 • 11 comments
Michigan’s online system is supposed to detect physicians and patients who abuse prescription painkillers. But the current version is so slow most doctors don’t even bother. And a bill to update the system hardly seems a cure-all.
18 August 2016
Federal public health officials say 11 poor and rural Michigan counties share characteristics that make them ripe for illness, much of it stemming from drug abuse.
19 July 2016 • 4 comments
One Michigan entrepreneur, a purveyor of online sex toys, is selling bargain-priced bulletproof vests to folks attending the Republican National Convention this week.
14 July 2016 • 1 comment
Quality child care for low-income workers benefits families, but also the businesses that parents work for. Yet only a small fraction of businesses subsidize child care and the Michigan Chamber says it is not pushing to increase state funding.
14 July 2016 • 3 comments
A federally funded program to help the poorest workers pay for child care used to serve 60,000 Michigan families, three times what it serves now. A 2008 audit exposed financial lapses, caregivers with criminal pasts, and possible fraud. The numbers have yet to recover.
30 June 2016 • 30 comments
Michigan has one of the most restrictive policies in the nation on giving low-income families access to subsidized child care. Yet research shows investing in high-quality care can put more parents back to work and improves the odds for vulnerable children.
22 June 2016 • 4 comments
“Poison on Tap,” the first book released on Flint’s lead-poisoning disaster, shows how a series of government missteps left children in this impoverished city with a lifetime of heartache. A portion of book sales will go to help those children.
9 June 2016 • 5 comments
Sex and labor trafficking are problems. But the state is left to create laws with no reliable data on the scope of problem in Michigan, or even a common understanding of what constitutes trafficking. Too often, Hollywood fills the vacuum.
12 May 2016 • 14 comments
The “breakfast capital of the world” is having its lunch eaten by a fraying municipal infrastructure.
11 May 2016 • 4 comments
In an echo of Detroit’s “grand bargain,” 10 Michigan foundations, led by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, are combining to inject up to $125 million into Flint’s recovery.