Michigan Needs To Grow Faster. How Can We Attract More People?

Michigan will lose a congressional district next year. That’s after new Census results showed Michigan hasn’t been growing as fast...

Michigan Falling Behind Other States, Countries in Ending ‘Period Poverty’

State lawmakers and advocates are renewing efforts to get rid of the sales tax on menstrual products in Michigan. It...

Auto Industry Grapples with Parts Shortages, Toxic Politics in 2021

2021 has been a difficult year to navigate so far for American auto companies. We're seeing an ongoing semiconductor chip shortage...

COVID-19 Vaccines Appear To Be Working. But Some Recent Headlines Lack Context and Cause Confusion.

COVID-19 vaccines appear to be working well in Michigan to prevent people from getting sick or dying.   But some news...

Amazon Unionization Vote in Alabama Has Big Implications for Michigan Workers

Votes are being counted in the effort to unionize Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. As part of the weekly series...

Supporters Hope Infrastructure Spending Can Help Reduce Inequality in Michigan

The new focus on a massive infrastructure spending plan in Washington has big implications here in Michigan. As part of...

Michigan Legislature’s Family Leave Policies Fall Behind Rest of State

The Michigan Legislature is coming under new scrutiny for its own family leave policies for lawmakers and staffers. As part of...

How Pandemic Politics Have Made Public Health Response More Difficult

Throughout the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges for public health officials has been the state -- and nation’s -- toxic political...

Sexist Language Reignites Conversations About Misogyny in State Government

Recent comments by male Republican lawmakers at Michigan’s state Capitol have renewed conversations about misogyny in state government. As part...

Lawmakers Look to Curb the Chaos of Lame Duck Sessions at the State Capitol

There’s movement at the state Capitol toward putting limits on the Legislature’s lame duck session. That’s the time just after...

COVID Relief Delay at State Capitol Hurting Michigan Schools, Vaccine Efforts

More than $5 billion in federal money for COVID relief for Michigan is in limbo as lawmakers at the state...

Shirkey Unlikely To Face Real Consequences Despite Violent, Sexist Comments

As more time passes since state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) was caught on camera making violent, sexist comments...