Rick Snyder

Michigan moves into national forefront of preschool funding

Michigan will move from middle of the pack to top of the heap when Gov. Rick Snyder signs off on a massive expansion of state-funded early childhood education in coming days. The $65 million increase in funding for the Great Start Readiness […]

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Guest commentary: Michigan leaders recognize the wisdom of investing in preschoolers

By Debbie Dingell and Doug Luciani/Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan We tip our hats to Michigan’s governor and the Legislature for funding expansion of the state’s Great Start Readiness Program. This program offers high-quality preschool to needy families of 4-year-olds. Culturally and […]

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In turnaround, suburbs lose business to Detroit after years of flight

The Southeast Michigan office of Grand Rapids-based public relations firm Lambert Edwards & Co. had been located for years in a gleaming high-rise Troy tower, surrounded by a sea of asphalt parking lots and clogged highways. “You couldn’t walk out your door […]

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What does Michigan have to do to get a little love?

So Michigan cuts business taxes by $2.4 billion, stages a political war (because that’s apparently what’s been lacking) that favors business over labor, more than balances the state budget and finally takes ownership of arguably its biggest challenge — which is its […]

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State leaders navigating a route to new dollars for roads

Finding money to fix our crumbling roads has been by far the biggest (ahem) roadblock in Lansing for many months. Although nobody’s willing to come out and say so publicly, within the last few days a structure has emerged for getting the […]

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Guest commentary: Keep world-class standards for Michigan learners

By Doug Rothwell/Business Leaders for Michigan This year, Michigan public schools began using the kind of high-quality content standards that our kids need to be competitive in the 21st century. Used by 45 states, the Common Core State Standards specify what students should be […]

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Stressed cities hear little sympathy from State Capitol

Michigan cities expecting a helping hand from Lansing as they dig out of years of fiscal turmoil might want to look elsewhere. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder stated as much last month at a Michigan Municipal League conference, when he said, “We all […]

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Sewer overflows declining, but heavy rains still push sewage into streams

Billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage are still fouling the state’s rivers, lakes and streams, despite years of work by state and local officials and voter approval in 2002 of $1 billion in bonds to upgrade sewer systems. April’s […]

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Critics of ‘Common Core’ school standards are worried about politics, not learning

Michigan was one of 45 states which adopted “Common Core” standards back in 2010. The standards are aimed at setting out the kinds of skills that will qualify kids to successfully meet 21st century challenges, both in post-secondary education and fulfilling careers. […]

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Land O Links

*Historic observation platforms in Michigan’s Irish Hills, near Jackson, face the wrecking ball unless history buffs can raise the money to save them by Aug. 2: “Built in the 1920s, the towers were added to the National Register of Historic Places in […]

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Pursuit of auto coverage cap insures problems for legislators

If you and your family are in a major auto accident, do you care what the hospital billed the auto insurer for your child’s neurosurgery? Didn’t think so. Are you reassured that for roughly $8 a month per family member — if […]

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Land O Links

*Troubling information as Michigan charges into gardening season: “Heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.” *An analysis of financial […]

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Labor belabored: MEA losing members, losing fights. Will it lose its grip?

Michigan’s largest teachers union is struggling to keep a toehold as change-minded foes with growing momentum seek to topple the MEA — one of the state’s traditional political giants. The 152,000-member union’s finances are deteriorating. Its growth strategy is uncertain. And it […]

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Long-simmering GOP-MEA ‘war’ intensifies going into 2014

The Michigan Education Association and Michigan Republican Party are on speaking terms – sort of. Last year, the two sides regularly exchanged plenty of words – words such as “protecting sexual predators,” “hijack,” “robber” and “lying.” In recent years, the MEA has spent […]

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MEA faces breakaways, poaching of locals

Just months after Right to Work was enacted in Michigan, Michigan Education Association local units are looking to depart the mothership. MEA leaders say local units have left – and returned — before. But critics of the statewide union believe these recent moves […]

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Guest commentary: Why do EAA critics want children trapped in failing schools?

By John William Covington/Education Achievement Authority Rep. Ellen Lipton’s comments about the Education Achievement Authority are an example of the way so much of the educational establishment and their political allies are trying to kill an innovative approach to educating young people who […]

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Schools, colleges aren’t preparing students for careers in Michigan

Paul Hillegonds, who these days is a vice president at DTE Energy, is one of Michigan’s most plugged-in and thoughtful people. Whenever something valuable and useful is going on in our state, Paul, a former speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, […]

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Guest commentary: Educators ready to join governor in open discussion of school reform

By William Mayes/Michigan Association of School Administrators On April 22, leaders from the education, business, manufacturing, government, and nonprofit sectors gathered for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2013 Education Summit. The day’s events focused on ways Michigan could better serve its students while boosting […]

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