Progress Michigan blog posts.

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…

House GOP Just Can’t Get Enough

Last night around 10:00, there was plenty of bipartisan happiness in the House chambers. After Medicaid expansion passed 76-31, some House Democrats even applauded the Republicans for finally dropping their obstructionism and compromising on a program that will deliver affordable healthcare to some 400,000 uninsured Michiganders while saving the state billions. In most states, that’s…

Say Vagina

One year ago today, State Rep. Lisa Brown said “vagina.” She was banned from speaking on the House floor for using the anatomically correct word while standing up against another far-right attack on women’s health. That word started a landslide of support for a woman’s right to choose, and thousands came out to support women’s…

Gov. Snyder: Let them eat cake!

Today, Judge William Collette ordered Gov. Snyder and a DC-based law firm to hand over all documents related to the hiring of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Richard Baird, a contractor paid $100,000 through a private fund supported by secret donors, is even claiming Executive Privilege protections extend to his correspondence with the Snyder administration:…

People’s Policy Conference

Last weekend corporate CEOs, lobbyists and politicians gathered on Mackinac Island for the annual “Mackinac Policy Conference,” sponsored every year by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Generally the Detroit Chamber tries to douse the event with a centrist sheen – but this year they dropped all pretenses, inviting education corporatists like Jeb Bush and…