Progress Michigan blog posts.

A tale of two plates

Legislation has been introduced to require license plates on the back and front of all cars in Michigan. Laws like this across the United States are not uncommon. Thirty-one other states already have similar laws on the books. In fact, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tupac Hunter, says the bill would be an asset to public…

‘Bold’-faced lies

Gov. Rick Snyder recently spoke at a 40 under 40 event in Grand Rapids. He gave a speech to the up-and-comers in an effort to bestow his gubernatorial wisdom on the crowd. “When I first became governor, people would come up and say, ‘be bold.’ And that’s something we should all focus on,” Snyder said.…

Irrational Rick

Yesterday, at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center in Kalamazoo, Gov. Rick Snyder said, “You can’t be an entrepreneur and innovator and be fully rational.” Apparently, Snyder has applied that principal to his tenure in office. There’s nothing rational about pushing for the unlimited expansion of cyber schools, while the research shows that these for-profit institutions…

Immunity in the Emergency Room

The reason bills are introduced in committee before going to the House or Senate floor for a vote is to have healthy discussion about the pros and cons of potential legislation. A bipartisan committee fosters a conversation about said bill, which would only go to the floor for a vote if it’s solid legislation. Committees…

Cleaning up after yourself

The Republican party is in disarray and their brand is badly damaged, sporting their worst poll numbers in the history of poll numbers. Days after supporting the shutdown, several members of Michigan’s Republican Congressional delegation heeded Progress Michigan’s call to return, donate, or withhold their salaries while federal employees are furloughed. Rep. Dan Benishek is…

We’re not an elected official

Last week on Off the Record, Chad Livengood suggested that plenty of groups, including ones like Progress Michigan, utilize the tax code to shield their donors just like the Governor Rick Snyder’s NERD Fund. He added, “It’s interesting that the governor — and maybe even the Michigan Republican Party — have not gone on the offensive…

Welcome to Never Never Land

Welcome to the land of nonsensical decisions, where the tyranny of the minority is holding countless people hostage in a logistical standoff. The federal government shutdown has lasted one week, with neither side appearing to back down. When do Republicans want to end this nonsense? Even they’re not sure. This past week, one thing has…