Progress Michigan is a first-of-its-kind organization. Our mission is to provide a strong credible voice that holds public officials and government accountable, assists in the promotion of progressive ideas and uses state-of-the-art web based new media to creatively build grassroots support for progressive ideas.

MIGOP Chair Hopeful Uses Racist and Offensive Language to Describe Asian American Michiganders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 19, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org MIGOP Chair Hopeful Uses Racist and Offensive Language to Describe Asian American Michiganders Republicans have a problem with cultural insensitivity from sitting, prospective leaders  LANSING — The Michigan GOP has a long, problematic history of its leaders using racial and derogatory terms…

Snyder Lied About Balanced Budget on Campaign Trail, MEDC Needs Transparency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 18, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Snyder Lied About Balanced Budget on Campaign Trail, MEDC Needs Transparency Testimony from Treasury official states administration knew about budget shortfall in October MICHIGAN — News broke today that the Snyder administration knew about the state’s massive budget shortfall last October while…

Higher Education, Higher Costs

By Brad O’Neil Although Governor Snyder’s new budget proposal includes an increase in funding for higher education, the proposed increases are still nowhere near where they need to be. In fact, even with the increase the higher education budget is still $34 million below its 2011 levels. Not only has decreased funding made it harder…

National Media Problem of Racial Biases Comes to Lansing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 9, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org National Media Problem of Racial Biases Comes to Lansing Prominent Lansing radio host excuses murder with stereotypes in East Lansing shooting death LANSING — Recently, Lansing radio host Tim Barron, who emcees a morning radio program on WLMI 92.9, used…

Progress Michigan Congratulates LGBT Couples Whose Marriages Are Now Legal in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 4, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan Congratulates LGBT Couples Whose Marriages Are Now Legal in Michigan MICHIGAN — Progress Michigan released the following statement regarding Gov. Snyder’s decision to not appeal a federal judge’s ruling saying that Michigan must recognize the over 300 same-sex marriages that…

FLASHBACK: Jeb Bush Clueless on Paycheck Fairness Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 4, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org FLASHBACK: Jeb Bush Clueless on Paycheck Fairness Act Stumping in Michigan, presidential candidate botched question on critical legislation MICHIGAN — In an attempt to lift the profile of his 2016 presidential campaign, Jeb Bush is speaking at the Detroit Economic Club today.…

Progress Michigan to Snyder: Don’t Appeal Marriage Equality Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 4, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan to Snyder: Don’t Appeal Marriage Equality Ruling Gov. Snyder has an opportunity to get on the right side of history  LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan urged Gov. Rick Snyder to not appeal U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith’s January 15th ruling in…

NRA-Backed Gun Bill Passes Senate: Shows GOP Has Wrong Priorities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 3, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org NRA-Backed Gun Bill Passes Senate: Shows GOP Has Wrong Priorities Despite massive budget shortfall, MI GOP tows the line for corporate gun lobby LANSING — Today, the Michigan Senate approved a bill that would eliminate county gun boards that approve concealed pistol…

Questions Abound After Aramark Overseer Jumps Ship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan January 30, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Questions Abound After Aramark Overseer Jumps Ship Departure of controversial former prison chief adds to Aramark’s embattled legacy in Michigan LANSING — The controversy surrounding the state’s prison food service contract with Aramark only worsens with the news that Ed Buss, the contract…

NRA Priorities for Michigan

By Brad O’Neil Just as one unnecessary and dangerous bill is averted another is introduced. Welcome to NRA-controlled Michigan. Earlier this month, Governor Snyder vetoed an NRA (National Rifle Association)-backed bill that would have made it possible for individuals with PPOs (Personal Protection Orders) or as they’re more commonly known, Restraining Orders, to obtain CPLs…