7 October 2014 • 6 comments
Ten years from now, will you be paying more, less, or the same amount of Michigan taxes that you pay today? Four experienced bean counters offer very different predictions.
7 October 2014 • 5 comments
Political candidates love to offer chickens in every pot. The specific recipes for how they’ll pay for their campaign promises are far more elusive. This year is no different on the Michigan campaign trail.
2 October 2014 • 7 comments
Local governments dodged a bullet with passage of the Proposal 1 tax reform in August. But many still aren’t secure. Do they need more money? Should they change how they do business? Or both?
2 October 2014 • 26 comments
A generation ago, an insurance executive fashioned himself a role as the defender of Michigan taxpayers. Voters approved the Headlee Amendment, which placed a ceiling on the growth of government. Today, Michigan government spending is billions of dollars under the cap Richard Headlee fought for.
23 September 2014 • 8 comments
Voters often get wooed by campaign promises of tax cuts to improve the economy and attract business. Are there results behind the sound bites?
11 September 2014 • 26 commentsThe tools you need to provide your own fact-driven answer to that question.
11 September 2014 • 6 comments
Wildly different views of the future drive the ongoing intellectual war over tax policy in Michigan.
28 August 2014 • 3 comments
New robotics center at Flint’s Kettering University opens doors for minority students.
28 August 2014
Flint Hamady High School student De’Shondria Bedenfield went from quiet student to champ with a milling machine after becoming hooked by robotics.
7 August 2014 • 4 comments
Across Michigan, communities are trying to craft restrictions on panhandling that don’t run afoul of First Amendment protections.
7 August 2014 • 7 comments
The story behind one man’s sign.
31 July 2014 • 13 comments
Michigan GOP primary foes wage a battle of ideas and tone, echoing similar struggles within the party in Washington and elsewhere.
31 July 2014 • 1 comment
Close races, marijuana referendums, a southeast Michigan mass transit tax proposal and a statewide business tax issue highlight the Aug. 5 ballot.
15 July 2014 • 22 comments
Well-paying jobs in manufacturing, health care and engineering are plentiful in Michigan, but our high school grads still lack the goods to grab them. Experts urge more focus on raising math and problem-solving skills.
12 June 2014 • 8 comments
After a disastrous launch, Michigan residents are flocking to the Affordable Care Act. Yet the rates all those newly insured vary widely depending on where you live. A lack of competition in some local markets raises questions on why the same kinds of coverage have such different price tags across the state.
12 June 2014 • 3 comments
Nearly 270,000 low-income Michigan residents signed up for expanded Medicaid in less than two months. While officials project that number to explode, critics fear the program will prove too costly to sustain.
10 June 2014 • 6 comments
Michigan is among a dwindling number of states that prosecute 17-year-olds as adults, even though teens are more likely to commit more crimes when placed with adults. Most teens prosecuted as adults committed nonviolent crimes.
10 June 2014 • 5 comments
Innovative programs in Berrien County are going to teens’ homes, not waiting for teens to find trouble. The result: recidivism is down sharply.