Diligent and curious elementary school students sitting in their classroom and carefully observing the class while wearing protective face mask during COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo/Getty)
Michigan’s Schools Are An “Engine of Inequality.” The New Legislature Wants to Fix it
Michigan's Legislature is making big moves on education funding.
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Michigan Senate Advances Bills to Boost Tax Credit, Repeal Pension Tax

The Democratic-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday approved measures to boost the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit and repeal Michigan’s so-called pension tax, bringing both longtime Democratic priorities one step closer to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk.

House Minority Leader Matt Hall (R-Richland) and Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) talk to reporters in Hall’s office, Jan. 25, 2023. (Laina G. Stebbins/Michigan Advance)
GOP Holds Up Budget Bill, Forcing Democrat to Come in for the Vote After His Baby Was Born

Final negotiations on a supplemental budget bill have been teed up, but there was no shortage of drama with the first big piece of legislation taken up by the new Democratic-led Legislature.

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Dow Chemical to Cut About 2,000 jobs—or 5% of Workforce

Materials science company Dow is cutting about 2,000 jobs, or approximately 5% of its global workforce, as part of an effort to reach $1 billion in cost savings this year.

Right-Wing Extremists Gear Up Against Michigan Schools Over Inclusive Sex Ed

A recently formed group in Michigan, Great Schools Initiative, is arming parents with a new sexual education opt-out form that focuses heavily on cutting out any conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate as Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, left, and House Speaker Joe Tate, D-Detroit, listen, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
State of the State: 7 Ways State Government Can (and Will) Help Michiganders in 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday addressed the Michigan House and Senate to announce plans and policies designed to bolster resources for public schools and children, provide tax relief for parents and families, expand civil rights protections in Michigan, and much (much) more. 

Noncompete Clauses Could Soon Be Illegal. What Does That Mean for Michigan Workers?

A new federal rule could prevent companies from forcing workers to sign exploitative contracts—and boost the economy in Michigan.

Dozens attended a demonstration held at Detroit’s Palmer Park a few hours after the right-wing dominated U.S. Supreme Court decision was announced on Friday regarding the seminal 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. (Ken Coleman/Michigan Advance)
Study: States Protecting Abortion Access Have Higher Minimum Wage, Lower Incarceration Rates

A new study shows that there are direct correlations between a state’s economy and whether residents have access to abortion. And Michigan is, on average, faring better than states that have abortion bans in place. 

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Op-Ed: Michigan’s Young People Showed Up for Prop 3—Now Let’s Keep Working Together for Repro Rights

Opinion: You name it, we did it. Now we're asking you to keep the fight going.