Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools

Last week, the campaign of Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer released an official policy document outlining her plans for the state's public schools. … more

Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

Legislators are considering whether to give more subsidies to select companies, and the proposals seem to be getting a favorable ear.  … more

State Taxpayers Seeing Payoff From Smaller Prison Population

The Michigan Department of Corrections is slated to close another prison sometime during the middle of next year.  … more

$8.4 Million Per Year for U-M Diversity Employees

The University of Michigan employs nearly 100 full-time diversity-related administrative staffers, costing almost $8.4 million a year. … more

Like All Spending, Environmental Spending Needs a Plan and Oversight

Gov. Rick Snyder’s Renew Michigan proposal would impose an annual $79 million tipping fee on the waste management industry, ostensibly to “reduce waste in Michigan landfills,” and take the place of the now-expired Clean Michigan Initiative bond. … more

Brian Calley Talks State Government

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley sits down for an interview with Michigan Capitol Confidential. … more

State Considers Licensing Naturopathic Physicians

Michigan lawmakers are looking to license naturopathic physicians — medical practitioners who aim to solve ailments holistically through self-healing or natural methods.  … more

Despite Positive Buzz For Detroit, Downward Population Trend Continues

Detroit boosters in the media and elsewhere have claimed the Motor City has turned itself around, with strong job growth to prove it.  … more

Connect Southeast Michigan Transit Proposal: Looking Backward

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan has released a proposal to tax metropolitan area residents $5.4 billion over the next 20 years. … more

Which Party Gives More In Taxpayer Funded Corporate Handouts?

Handing taxpayers' cash to corporations and developers is widely practiced by both parties within Michigan’s political class. … more

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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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