Progress Michigan blog posts.

Low prices. Even lower wages. Walmart.

Yesterday, Walmart threatened to abandon D.C. if residents approved a living wage set at $12.50 an hour. Voters approved the living wage, and this morning Walmart announced they were scrapping plans for three new stores in D.C. Why? Because low wages are the lynchpin of Walmart’s business strategy: low prices. Walmart prides itself on having…

Summer lovin’

Instead of voting to pass health insurance for nearly half a million low-income families in our state, lawmakers in Lansing made a fast break for vacation. In an effort to force a vote in the Senate on a bill that’s already passed the state House, the Senate Government and Operations Committee met today (video?) while…

Rep. Tom McMillin, Unscripted

A few months ago, Dave Agema made headlines by openly discriminating against Michigan’s LGBT community, saying they’re responsible for “half the murders in large cities.” Calls for his resignation came from every corner of the political spectrum, except the far-right. When pressed, Gov. Snyder said he wasn’t going to “get in the middle of all…

ALEC’s War On Kids

Have you heard about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? ALEC is funded by big corporations who draft legislation, then hand it to lawmakers to introduce as their own. ALEC is the driving force behind Michigan’s recent taste for privatizing public education through voucher, charter, and cyber schools. They’ve even got a special department devoted…

Save Michigan

Gov. Snyder sold himself to us as the no-nonsense businessman who would move us beyond partisan gridlock and make Michigan the “comeback state.” But instead, he’s proved that he’s just another politician. We’re more divided than ever, unemployment is higher than it was at the same point in Jennifer Granholm’s first term, and more children…

You reap what you sow

Republicans cut $1 billion from local schools to pay for a $1.8 billion corporate handout that was supposed to create “more and better jobs.” That hasn’t happened. In fact, unemployment is higher than it was at the same point in Jennifer Granholm’s first term, more children are living in poverty, and recently small business owners…

Welcome to Company Town, USA!

The Mackinac Center is a partisan think-tank funded by well-heeled special interests and lobbies to bring free-market principles to Michigan’s government. If you read “free-market principles” and understood it to mean a “corporate-first mentality that benefits their wealthy backers,” then you’re probably already familiar with them. Up until recently, the Mackinac Center benefited from being…