Progress Michigan blog posts.

#MICalling: Terri Lynn Land

On October 3rd, Terri Lynn Land will be on Michigan Public Radio’s “Michigan Calling” program and will be taking questions from Michiganders.  The program will air from 9-10 a.m. Friday morning. Callers can submit questions at (866) 255-2762 as well as on Facebook at “Michigan Calling,” or on Twitter with the #MiCalling hashtag. Terri Lynn Land has been called “The Invisible Candidate” and she’s…

Stop Violence Against Women

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic abuse was put in the spotlight recently after a video surfaced of NFL football player Ray Rice beating his wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator. Janay’s abuse sparked national outrage (as it rightly should have), but it also ignited a whole slew of victim blaming and unfortunately even…

Time For Charter Accountability

Earlier this year, the Detroit Free Press published a special report on the state of charter schools in Michigan. The investigation found, among other findings, that Michigan’s charter schools lacked proper oversight, many charter operators were forced out for self-dealing, and that charters don’t fare any better than our community schools. Furthermore, the Free Press…

Snyder Snubs

Last night, Lonnie Scott, Progress Michigan’s executive director, and I discovered that the free tickets we applied for to attend Governor Snyder’s first town hall in Kalamazoo were cancelled. We took to the Tweetosphere to notify the public and demand answers as to why we, taxpaying residents of Michigan and Governor Snyder’s constituents, were denied…

This Week in Progress

This Week in Progress Sex, Drugs, and Murder Plots: The Aramark Scandal. This Week in PM Blogging: Media Rundown: Aramark We know you’re busy, so we decided to give you a media rundown of some of the best hits our accountability work with Aramark and the Snyder administration has resulted in. Mich’ed up priorities For over…

Mich’ed up priorities

For over a decade, state legislators have been making budget cuts that are hurting Michiganders. In a little over one week from today, the new fiscal year 2015 state budget takes effect and legislators start planning for the 2016 fiscal year budget. In 2011, Governor Snyder gave corporations a $1.8 billion dollar tax cut. Michiganders…

Media Rundown: Aramark

We love making waves at Progress Michigan. We definitely made the right kind of waves when we released documents showing that the Snyder administration had a hand in quietly removing a $98,000 fine on Aramark, the out-of-state corporation that was handed a $145 million dollar contract to run our state prisons’ food service. We know…

This Week in Progress

This Week in Progress Terri Lynn Land’s non-profit just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Oh, and we’re suing the MDOC. This Week in PM Blogging: A Look at the Bottom Line Rick Snyder likes to pretend that, even though we still lag behind other states, that we’re on the “road to recovery” despite…

A Look at the Bottom Line

Rick Snyder likes to remind us that he’s an accountant. Maybe he’s attempting to explain his awkwardness in public (no offense to my accountant friends) or is trying to justify his policies that hurt working families, seniors and children (“Hey don’t blame me, blame the numbers.”) But what if we took a look Snyder’s bottom…