20 November 2014
A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.
18 November 2014 • 56 comments
Government and medical studies reveal motorcyclists are more likely to die or be seriously injured if they are not wearing helmets in a crash, raising questions about the 2012 repeal of Michigan’s helmet law. A Republican Legislature sees no reason to take up the issue.
11 November 2014 • 8 commentsAmid promising signs of growth, Michigan still has not reached its peak GDP from a decade ago.
11 November 2014
The Grand Rapids region is strong in virtually every economic sector, and is the closest of any Michigan region to returning to pre-recession levels.
11 November 2014 • 1 comment
The Lansing and Ann Arbor regions are closely matched in GDP. Ann Arbor is just ahead in 2013. But will it last?
11 November 2014
The Detroit region, digging out from a tough decade, still wields manufacturing might. But its future may well hinge on health care.
30 October 2014 • 8 comments
Record outside spending in the U.S. Senate race, and armored truck-loads of cash from unknown donors. Welcome to Michigan elections.
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 • 8 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 • 27 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.