Progress Michigan blog posts.

You’re Killing Me, Shirkey

  “Transparency hawk” is a pretty cool title—like a superhero name, but for an elected official who goes above and beyond the call of duty in the fight to ensure our government is truly accountable to the people. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, despite using that term to describe himself…does not do that. In fact,…

Blame the Chamber for Anti-Environment Policy

  This week, activists with Michigan Clean Water Action gathered at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to protest the Chamber’s environmental positions, which favor corporate polluters at the expense of Michiganders’ right to clean air and water. The link here is pretty simple: The Chamber represents businesses across Michigan, corporations often pollute our water and…

GOP Misses the Mark on Auto Insurance

  Republicans in the Michigan Legislature have a plan for auto insurance reform. Unfortunately, it’s not a good one. Last week, both the House and Senate passed bills that would make several changes to our insurance system, most notably letting drivers opt out of unlimited personal injury protection. The House version calls for a reduction…

Setting the Record Straight on Abortion

  This week, the House Committee on Families held a hearing to discuss bills that would ban a standard abortion procedure and punish doctors who perform the procedure with two years in prison. It’s the latest in a long list of GOP-led attempts to sacrifice our reproductive rights to pander to religious conservatives—and Michiganders are…

Tackling the Student Debt Crisis

  We need to talk about student loan debt. It’s an issue that affects 70 percent of college graduates, totaling more than 40 million Americans. Here in Michigan, 58 percent of 2017 graduates owe money on student loans, with an average debt of $31,289. Nationally and in our state, the problem is only getting worse.…