14 June 2016
Bridge Magazine’s new book on the Flint water crisis, “Poison on Tap,” reminds readers what can happen when our institutions start breaking down.
7 June 2016
It’s time for leaders in the legislature to put aside short-term skirmishes that produce momentary headlines and focus on longer-term imperatives that will leave a lasting mark.
24 May 2016
State policies over many decades are choking off revenue to cities across the state. Is Michigan willing to change?
17 May 2016
Acceleration of events imposes dimly perceived but very important changes in the way we think.
3 May 2016
On a trip overseas, the perils of international free-trade agreements appear in China, and the wonders of a strong infrastructure unfold at 200-mph in Japan.
12 April 2016
This year, The Center for Michigan’s public outreach campaign focuses on how to restore public confidence in government. Signing up for our local Community Conversations allows you to be part of the solution.
5 April 2016
All it takes is an inattentive or bored citizenry to set the stage for the decline of the republic.
29 March 2016
If the experience in Flint teaches anything, it’s that when lots of local people complain loudly and persistently about things going wrong, usually there is something going wrong.
22 March 2016
I’ve been traveling around the state recently, speaking to various community groups and service clubs. As usual, when I get in a room with Michiganders, I learn a ton by asking questions: How many are satisfied with the present state of politics […]
1 March 2016
We are witnessing the slow deterioration of a political system that is showing itself incapable of governing our country effectively.
16 February 2016
The catastrophe in Genesee keeps revealing itself, with lesson after lesson on how to miss seeing, and mishandle, a modern meltdown.
9 February 2016
As we ponder conflicting accusations of who is to blame for the water disaster in Flint and the financial crisis in Detroit’s public schools, let’s also take a moment to consider some of the root causes that led to these emergencies and how to fix them.
2 February 2016
The fact Trump, Cruz and Sanders are all contending indicates conventional wisdom isn’t anymore, so all bets are off.
26 January 2016
Emergency managers threaten the trust local residents have in government. They should be used carefully, with concern for the health and welfare of those affected
19 January 2016
The death of a former school superintendent underscores the importance of leaders who can bind a community together.
12 January 2016
The state’s slow response to lead poisoning in Flint and school debt in Detroit shows a government unable to execute important tasks in the public interest
5 January 2016
Bold public-private partnerships could offer a model for conserving Michigan’s ecologically important landscapes and the wildlife that live on them
15 December 2015
Envisioning a future in which nativist know-nothings duke it out against an elite political establishment