After skyrocketing in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and then tempering almost as dramatically a year later, health care spending in the U.S rose just over 4% in 2022, hitting $4.5 trillion, the federal government announced last week.
The Department of Education report highlighted an ongoing problem of poor graduation outcomes among college transfer students but suggests community colleges and four-year universities can work together to improve the transfer student experience.
The council identified key issues within the state including a lack of population growth — complicated by a lack of young people moving to or remaining in the state — contributing to a loss of tax revenue to fund schools, public amenities and quality of life within Michigan communities.
Beginning February 13, more than 700,000 Michigan families will receive tax rebate checks averaging approximately $550.
A new online system for processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the Department of Elections was unveiled Tuesday by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
People are driving fewer miles than they were in 2019, but more are dying on roadways. Traffic fatalities spiked 18% from 2019 to 2022 — though miles traveled fell 3%, according to a Stateline analysis of federal records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year dropped a proposal to attempt to regulate carbon from power plants, which are responsible for about a quarter of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA and clean energy proponents say the time frames are workable and crucial to cutting carbon emissions while allowing time for compliance and the flexibility needed to keep the lights on during the transition. Others disagree.
With the stroke of a pen, Michigan’s one-of-a-kind law that prevented state lawsuits against drug manufacturers, is no more. On Thursday morning in Flint, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a repeal of a nearly 30-year-old law that gave drug manufacturers immunity if their drugs caused harm for Michiganders.
The Growing Michigan Together Council (GMTC) met December 1 in Detroit to hear the findings of a new report commissioned to inform a future proposal to the state legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer aimed at increasing Michigan’s stagnant population.
A package of tobacco prevention legislation has strong support among Michigan voters surveyed in a telephone poll over the summer, according to Michigan-based coalition Keep MI Kids Tobacco Free Alliance.
As foreign interests buy up American agricultural land, lawmakers want to keep certain countries out.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the need to make outdoor recreation more accessible, said Mike Passo, executive director of American Trails, which supports the development of trails and greenways. Passo said other states including California, Michigan, Vermont and Wisconsin also have made significant strides.
“This calamitous ruling is a devastating blow to voters’ rights,” Jamie Lyons-Eddy, executive director of Voters Not Politicians, said. “The decision fundamentally inhibits the ability of voters in this country to advocate for their own constitutional rights. In our country, political power belongs to the people, and it is not the place for ideological judges to decide that the people have no right to advocate for their right to vote and freely elect their preferred representatives. If you are not alarmed by the pattern of extremist judges tearing down voter protections in America, you’re not paying attention.”
In this editorial, Michigan Advance’s Julie Cassidy argues, “Homelessness isn’t a natural phenomenon; it’s a policy choice. And that means we can choose to end it.”
More ticks. More mosquitos. Less snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Those are just a few of the climate impacts facing Midwestern states in the coming decades, according to the just-released Fifth National Climate Assessment.
Idris Espada, a tenet advocate from Holyoke, Massachusetts, said she lives in a low income housing complex.
“Every month I make decisions between paying for groceries, my phone, my light bills,” Espada said. “I am struggling. It is very painful.”
“Allowing young people to pre-register to vote — particularly while they’re learning about civics and the democratic process in school — will undoubtedly increase participation in our elections by ensuring when they are legally eligible to vote at 18, they will be all set to become a lifelong voter,” Rep. Betsy Coffia (D-Traverse City) said in a statement released after the vote on the bill.
The bills implementing Proposal 1 would require state officials and candidates for office to annually submit financial disclosure reports showing sources of income, properties owned and other assets valued at over $1,000 and liabilities valued over $10,000.