Progress Michigan blog posts.

So Much for the ‘Comeback’

Well, what do you know? As it turns out, giving corporations billions of dollars in unaccountable tax giveaways, cutting $1 billion from public schools, raising taxes on seniors and working families and passing Right to Work have not made Michigan the epicenter of economic progress that Gov. Rick Snyder likes to claim they have. According…

This Week in Progress

How about them roads, eh? No progress from our elected “leaders” on that front. That’s why we have TWIP! This Week in PM Blogging: Summer School for Snyder? Basic math tells us that Gov. Rick Snyder has not raised funding for our neighborhood schools. That CPA thing he’s always talking about doesn’t appear to be…

Coal Ash on the Cob

Happy National Corn on the Cob Day! If you live in Michigan, or anywhere in America really, corn on the cob is probably a staple of your backyard barbecues. Living in a state where most days of the year look like a scene out of ‘Frozen,’ I relish the day when I walk into Meijer…

Sadly, One More

There was another deadly shooting today on a school campus. That makes 74 school shootings since the 2012 tragedy in Newtown. That’s 74 tragedies that could have been avoided. Somehow. We’ve had plenty of people say, “Enough is enough!” And move into some realm of the policy debate regarding school safety, gun control and mental…

Summer School for Snyder?

It’s mid-June – the time of year when the sound of school bells and the smell of dry erase boards are replaced by the sounds of summer and the smell of sunscreen. For many school-aged children, this week is both exciting and nerve-wracking. While it’s the last week of school, it is also time for…

This Week in Progress

For TWIP this week, I’m going to opine on Terri Lynn Land’s odd stance on climate change and conservative lawmakers’ attempt to appeal to women through terribly misguided – and quite frankly unfunny – sexist posturing. Progress: the process of improving or developing something over a period of time. That’s the goal, people. This Week…

Terri Lynn Bland

During her embarrassing visit to the Mackinac Policy Conference, Terri Lynn Land sat down with MLive for an interview and was asked the question: “Can you describe some concrete policy ideas to address Michigan’s chronic poverty problems?” Land’s answer was about as empty and void of “concrete policy ideas” as they come: It’s about good…

Pride and Progress

June is LGBT Pride Month and there is plenty to celebrate. In Michigan, we had a glimpse of the not-so-distant future when, for one weekend, marriage equality was a reality, the business community has finally called for amending the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for LGBT citizens, and attitudes about marriage equality are…