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A non-insurance based health care model called Direct Primary Care is gaining traction in Michigan because it saves money and provides better access to doctors.

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Mainstream media reports are filled with stories from federal bureaucrats complaining about President Donald Trump's administration's proposals to cut next year's budget.

Yet federal spending this year is projected to break $4 trillion for the first time, according to White House budget documents. The federal government will spend $4.06 trillion in the fiscal year that ends on Oct. 1, 2017, an increase of $210 billion from the previous year. The spending total is also $602.5 billion more than the $3.46 trillion the feds expect to take in this year.

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For the Record

The city of Lansing has several retired police and fire employees who make more in retirement than they did while working. The reason? Pension calculations that reward employees who can pile up overtime as they near retirement. … more
The Grand Rapids Education Association is promoting a myth that there's a teacher shortage. That district received as many as 740 applicants for one teaching position. … more
Despite a Democratic state rep's claim, unflattering comparisons aren't made just about women. … more
Michigan's taxes through June have generated an extra $875.9 million compared to the same time period in 2016. And some politicians said the state couldn't afford a cut to the income tax that would have cost $463 million. … more
Gov. Rick Snyder told a radio station he doesn't believe in buying companies into our state. Yet, the state approved $63.8 million in 2016 to 84 companies. … more
Excellent Schools Detroit was an operation that said it would fix Detroit's troubled public schools in 2010. It never happened and now Excellent Schools Detroit has closed. … more
A short-term substitute teacher at Rockford Public Schools is paid $75 a day. The cost of a full-time teacher's health insurance can cost the district $71 a day. … more
MEA President Steve Cook says teachers have no time to attend professional conferences during the school year. Yet, the MEA holds its own conferences during the school year. And the state law and the union contracts the MEA negotiates mandate professional development time. … more
The Detroit News has granted Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook a regular forum in its editorial section to express his union’s views on the teaching profession in this state. Cook has repeatedly promoted false claims and disingenuous themes about teaching. … more
Kid Rock announced his platform he's considering as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. He didn't mention his stance on corporate welfare. But you may have paid for his beer without drinking it. … more