In Escanaba, $200M for a paper mill, but no new jobs required

The paper mill does not have to create new jobs, only to retain its 1,200-person headcount as of October 2022 Read more

Analysis

Elon Musk, Ram admit: With green energy, there’s always a catch

Nuclear energy is needed to make wind and solar go, Musk says, while internal combustion engines provide the “range extender” for a Ram EV truck Read more

Analysis

8 Republicans voted for Lansing’s $946M spending spree

4 House Republicans and 4 Senate Republicans crossed party lines to help Democrats pass spending bill Read more

News Story

How Michigan reps in Congress voted on ending COVID-19 emergency

The week Biden announces the May end of COVID emergency, House passes two bills calling for its immediate termination Read more

Washington Wednesdays

Student loan relief in Michigan could cost taxpayers $11 billion

Some 566,000 people sought student loan relief in Michigan. The U.S. Supreme Court will eventually decide if the program is constitutional. Lower courts have said no. Read more

Washington Wednesdays

Biden: After three-plus years, COVID emergency to end in May

Washington lawmakers had lost their patience with the ongoing, regularly extended COVID emergency Read more

Washington Wednesdays

6 Michigan reps in Congress have yet to submit a bill in 2023

Neither senator, Peters or Stabenow, has submitted a bill Read more

News Story

Michigan’s 10 least-popular constitutional proposals since 1963

These 10 proposals got an overwhelmingly negative response at the ballot box Read more

News Bite

DTE’s peak-hour rates in Michigan are on the cusp of California’s

DTE peak-hour rate is about 2 cents less than California’s average energy price in 2021 Read more

News Bite

Mackinac Center on TV: Skorup makes case for keeping Michigan a right-to-work state

Whitmer said repeal effort is “on the horizon” Read more

MichiganVotes Mondays

Lawmakers spend a quick $706M of Michigan’s money

Half the money, $350M, will be spent on state-funded economic development plans Read more

News Story

Michigan home health workers would be protected from dues skim if right-to-work is repealed

Home health care workers are one group of people who would not be affected by right-to-work’s repeal Read more

Commentary

Is more money the answer to learning loss in Michigan?

Education-Trust Midwest report recommends schools get double the money for low-income students. But Michigan schools have struggled to translate more money into better outcomes. Read more

Commentary

The supremacy clause: Michigan Constitution below federal counterpart in legal hierarchy

On matters left to the state, Michigan Constitution is the supreme law. In areas Congress can legislate, federal law holds. Read more

News Bite

CapCon on TV: Why toll roads aren’t the right move for Michigan

CapCon editor joins Fox 2 Detroit’s “Let It Rip” Read more

Pork Fridays

Traverse City area has two curling facilities, but Michigan taxpayers will pay $2M to build a third

Pork Friday: Taxpayer funds give curling club an unfair advantage over privately funded curling facility Read more

Analysis

No, toll roads are not the answer in Michigan

Michigan will spend $4 billion on roads this year. It does not need to tap taxpayers for more money. Read more

News Story

Local governments in Michigan can’t keep extra cash from tax foreclosures, but state has other ways to claim money

An auction netted the county $260k, says an heir whose aunt’s property was taken by officials, but Medicaid administrators may take it all anyway Read more

News Bite

Detroit Public Library admits losing $685K to wire fraud — two years after the fact

Local Thursday: Library has recovered 40% of the money, but is not insured for theft, Detroit News reports Read more

News Bite

Only 3% of Michigan jobs are in the auto industry

In its heyday, the Michigan auto industry accounted for about 9% of all jobs in state Read more

News Story

To resolve Title IX complaint, Northwood University to open women-only awards, scholarships to all

Effective Jan. 30, a 54-year-old women-only award program predating Title IX must be open to all people Read more

Washington Wednesdays

Biden seeks $11B for international climate change projects

Biden said he wants to mobilize $100B for “climate action in developing nations” Read more

News Story

Michigan Healthy Climate plan: Build infrastructure for 2M electric vehicles by 2030

Less than 1% of vehicles sold in Michigan in 2020 were EVs. If Michigan builds charging infrastructure, will EVs come? Read more

News Story

U.S. Census report for 2022 shows migration from Michigan

Michigan is a state people leave; right-to-work repeal could drive Michigan’s jobs and people elsewhere Read more

MichiganVotes Mondays

Michigan bill would ban TikTok on government phones

Bill shows a growing acknowledgement of the U.S. rivalry with China Read more

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