Progress Michigan blog posts.

This is Mike Shirkey’s Fault

Sometimes the slow progress of government processes is no one’s fault. Sometimes it’s a partisan issue. In the case of Michigan’s ongoing budget negotiations—which should and could have been resolved already—there is exactly one person to blame: Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. This whole process started back in March, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduced a…

Whitmer, Nessel Fight Back Against Trump

It’s no secret that, since he was elected in 2016, Donald Trump and his administration have consistently chipped away at workers’ rights and the social safety net, undermined environmental protections, and terrorized our immigrant community. Now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and AG Dana Nessel are fighting back. In just the last few weeks, Whitmer has issued…

Election Day Should be a Paid Holiday

Two weeks ago, Kalamazoo County voted to make Election Day a paid holiday so that county workers may have a chance to exercise their right to vote. Kalamazoo County is headed in the right direction, and it’s time for the rest of Michigan—and the rest of the country as a matter of fact—to catch up.…

It’s About More Than A Flag

  Last week, Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids introduced a bill that, frankly, is insulting to the LGTBQ+ community and its allies. The bill would make flying any flag above government buildings besides the state flag, governor’s flag, and the American flag against the law. Bills like Afendoulis’s are not just wrong – they’re…