Monthly Archives: January 2014

REPORT: Poverty Linked to Poor Reading Proficiency in Michigan Schools

As Michigan lawmakers wrangle over the question of whether it’s a good idea to require schools to hold-back 3rd graders that are not proficient in reading, maybe it’s time they examine another question: Why are these students unable to read at … Continue reading

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Michigan Ballot Proposal Committee Formed to Raise Minimum Wage

It may be another crowded line-up this November. A new ballot question committee has filed with the state to petition for an initiated law to raise the minimum wage in Michigan. The Raise Michigan ballot committee announced today their intent to … Continue reading

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Michigan GOP Senator Sponsors Bill Out of Petty Retaliation

Petty Legislating Whose got the biggest pair in Lansing? Possibly Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-30). Today, in a somewhat ballsy, and an arguably immature and fiscally irresponsible move, he decided to pick a fight with the entire Michigan Bar Association — … Continue reading

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News for the Motor City, its Retirees, and the Detroit Institute of Arts

Two pieces of news to report today on the Detroit Institute of Arts: First, it must be an election year…Republicans are buying votes! Gov. Snyder, flanked by fellow Republicans, House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, held … Continue reading

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REPORT: Flaws in GOP Fiscal Policy for Michigan’s Schools

Mere hours after Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address to Michigan, the Detroit Free Press was quick to praise his words, invoking his financial acumen and, almost affectionately, calling him a “nerd”. The editorial particularly took a shine to … Continue reading

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The American Uterus Under Attack – Michigan Edition

Yes, bad things really do happen in threes. And women’s reproductive rights are no exception. ONE: It’s Bad all over Under a growing national misogynistic miasma, uterine self-governance is being eroded by the day, and Michigan remains among the worst … Continue reading

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Michigan Democrat Earns Highest Score for Fiscal Responsibility

As Michigan’s leaders muse over how to apportion an estimated $970 million budget surplus, one lawmaker isn’t wasting any time. Rep. Scott Dianda (D-110) introduced legislation today to repeal an unpopular pension tax instituted by the Snyder administration designed offset … Continue reading

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Teach For America Recruiting EAA Teachers in College Restrooms

Typically the type of writing we expect to find on the wall of a public restroom stall would be something like “for a good time call…”, but there’s something more to be found on college campuses these days. At Michigan State University, … Continue reading

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Michigan Senators Write God Resolution

They’re back. All rested-up and ready to enact critical new laws and measures — Michigan legislators are raring to get down to the important business of the people. Republican Senators opened the session with a vital piece of business with Senate … Continue reading

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Mackinac Center Earns Court Smack Down

Late last February, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation announced it had filed a lawsuit against the Taylor Federation of Teachers, the Taylor School Board and the school district itself over an eleventh-hour contract negotiated before right-to-work took effect. The suit … Continue reading

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