MichiganVotes Bills

Senate panel to consider bill making governor, lawmakers eligible for FOIA

Bipartisan two-bill package from 2023 gets first hearing Read more

Commentary

Governments cite debunked ALICE study to justify welfare spending

United Way’s methodology miscalculates and overstates poverty Read more

Pork Stories

Detroit to spend $6M in federal funds to restore decades-old fountain

Again, federal covid relief money is spent to renovate buildings and landmarks Read more

Pork Stories

Detroit uses $14M in federal COVID-19 funds for a sports dome

Covid relief has an expansive definition, by design Read more

MichiganVotes Bills

Michigan lawmakers propose a new tax for paint, citing need for lead abatement

Reported cases of lead poisoning dropped by more than half between 2012 and 2022 Read more

Pork Stories

Detroit developer gets $6M in state funds for renovations to century-old apartment building

The latest in millions of public money spent on a vacant building Read more

News Story

Biden infrastructure law was a $30B push for EVs

What will become of the EV when subsidies dry up? Read more

Commentary

How will a Michigan homeschool registry make students safer?

Politicians who advocate the idea will not answer the question Read more

News Story

Whitmer: Taxpayers should fund community college for all

Price tag: To-be-determined; impact questionable Read more

News Story

Why you can’t buy cars on Sunday in (some parts of) Michigan

Law was passed at the behest of auto dealers; Detroit led effort before Lansing followed suit Read more

News Story

Detroit Achievement Academy wins $500K Yass Prize as finalist

Competition rewards transformational changes in education Read more

Commentary

Whitmer ignores taxpayer in school lunch pitch

State of the State speech gives credit to politicians, not the public, for funding 2.8 million school lunches daily Read more

Pork Stories

Grand Rapids community lodge receives $6M from Michigan taxpayers

Part of a $90M bonanza for Michigan’s second-largest city and its suburbs Read more

News Story

Union membership reaches a 40-year low

The last 15 years have seen the number of government union members drop by 900,000 Read more

News Story

EPA: Wind, solar are intermittent, but electric buses can help

Power the electric grid with this one weird trick Read more

MichiganVotes Bills

Michigan deserves the 3.9% income tax rate

Whitmer should support new bill from Rep. David Martin Read more

News Story

Board approves language for ballot effort restoring local control of solar siting

Appointees of the governor can override local will, per Public Act 233 of 2023 Read more

Analysis

Hawaii offers a case study on the inadequacies of wind and solar

Rolling blackouts could prove deadly in Michigan winters Read more

News Story

Michigan population council: Nobody to blame for poor-performing schools

Michigan schools ‘built for bygone era,’ advisory board warns Read more

Pork Stories

Detroit Auto Show gets $8M boost from Michigan taxpayers

This year’s confab will make one more attempt to revive dying market for electric vehicles Read more

News Story

Why $125M won’t buy many electric school buses

A round of Michigan bus grants in 2022 came to $391K per bus; nationwide average is $360K per bus Read more

News Story

Michigan 2024 budget includes $50M for teacher, admin mentoring

Another $150,000 budgeted for school board training, which is not yet a legal requirement Read more

News Story

State superintendent asks Michigan lawmakers for home school registry

Homeschool registry presented as safety issue, though officials cite no data Read more

News Bite

Whitmer: Don’t expect a tax cut in 2024

Governor speaks on behalf of lawmakers, despite 54-54 tie in the House Read more

Commentary

Bring back the public benefit

If Whitmer is cutting our costs, why are we all paying more? Read more

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