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The Rising Costs of Road Repair

February 19, 2019

By Michael Siracuse, Fiscal Analyst and David Zin, Chief Economist Despite the passage of a road funding package in 2015, designed to add $1.2 billion in new revenue to the Transportation budget annually, the condition of Michigan’s trunkline and local road systems continues to decline. The cost associated with fixing any roadway depends upon the...

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The real State of the State: Amid boom times, potholes line Michigan’s economic path

February 11, 2019

CHAD LIVENGOOD   February 10, 2019  There are potholes in Michigan — and not just in the roads. Potholes in household income. Potholes in the percentage of working adults. Potholes in student achievement and funding for K-12 schools. And potholes in post-secondary educational credentials needed to fill in-demand jobs. After nine years of economic growth that...

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Bridge Magazine: With flat budget, Gov. Whitmer’s search for Michigan road money gets harder

January 15, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to outline her policy vision for roads in her inaugural State of the State address in February, while her first budget proposal is anticipated to roll out in March. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t have easy choices in her first budget when it comes to fulfilling her signature campaign promise to...

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Editorial: A new year to get school reform right?

January 2, 2019

The Detroit News Published 10:00 p.m. ET Jan. 1, 2019 Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Friday that will give Michigan’s schools A-F letter grades, a change that’s intended to offer parents a clear idea of how their child’s school is doing. The bill also erases the state law that requires a school reform officer. Does that...

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Michigan 38th fastest-growing state, census says

December 20, 2018

The data showed more residents moving in than leaving this year, with net migration at 4,649 people. That makes it three straight years Michigan has seen positive migration numbers.

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