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This Week in Progress

We’re all over the map. We weigh in Michigan’s failed charter experiment, the conservative War on Women shows no signs of ceasing, we travel to Chicago to fight climate change, and talk about Iraq. Let’s dig in. This week in PM blogging: Public Dollars, Private Profit Michigan’s charter experiment has been a failure by educational…

Is this ergonomically correct?

First, State Sen. Roger Kahn actually said he was “tired and wanted to go home” in the midst of marathon legislative sessions attempting to fully fund our roads. Then, one day after Michigan’s legislative leaders left for their three month paid vacation after a job not done, renovations began on the Capitol steps. Now, lawmakers…

Too close for comfort?

Women in Michigan just can’t get a break from the relentless conservative attacks on our reproductive rights. First, conservatives pass a law requiring us to purchase nonexistent rape insurance. Then, they introduce a package of bills that would require an external ultrasound before any abortion and could criminalize the procedure after a heartbeat is detected,…

Let’s talk about Iraq, baby

Let’s talk about the G.O.P. Let’s talk about all the good things (and the bad things). Let’s talk about Iraq. Like teaching safe sex in public schools, recognizing the Bush administration’s central role in packaging and selling the Iraq war with poorly conceived photoshop mockups would help prevent costly mistakes now – and in the…

Public Dollars, Private Profit

When taxpayers send their hard-earned dollars to Lansing they have an expectation that those dollars will go toward programs that benefit our state. We expect our gas tax dollars to fund our roads and we expect that tax dollars intended for education go to classrooms to educate our children. A recent report in the Detroit…

This Week in Progress

This week the Michigan Legislature… Oh, wait. That’s right. They didn’t do anything because they’d rather spend three months sunbathing and pandering for reelection than do anything that benefits our state. It’s only been a week since they’ve been gone. How bad can things get, right? This Week in PM Blogging: So Much for the…

The Wrong Model

Governor Snyder has spent three-plus years “reinventing” Michigan. In that time we have seen what it takes to twist and mold our state into his vision. According to the governor, seniors needed to pay more, massive cuts to education were needed and we needed to disinvest in our state. All of this was in the…

Score one for the home team

It was recently announced that the Muskegon Heights school district would buck the trend of seeking a for-profit management company and instead operate under self-management. The move is a victory for local residents who wanted to see more local control for the struggling district. In late May, a group of concerned citizens sent a “Citizens…

Potholes or Progress

Michigan’s roads are in bad shape. If you drive on the roads or talk to an agitated driver it’s easy to tell. Sadly, the only people in Michigan that seem to think that fixing our roads is no big deal are the same people that have the power to fix them. Last week, conservatives in…