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Michigan roads: how bad are they, how are they funded, and how on Earth can they be fixed?

January 30, 2020

From Michigan Radio: It is a fact universally acknowledged that Michigan has terrible roads. While there are a lot of arguments to be had about how to actually fix the roads by politicians and policy advisors and opinion columnists, there are some facts about Michigan’s roads that are indisputable. Here’s what you need to know...

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Launch Michigan releases Phase I recommendations

December 22, 2019

Launch Michigan is a diverse alliance of education, labor, business and philanthropic organizations, and parents and civic leaders committed to establishing a shared agenda to ensure all Michigan students receive a best-in-class education. BLM is a founding member of the alliance, with President & CEO Doug Rothwell serving as one of three co-chairs. On Dec....

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Is Michigan ready for the next recession? Not even close

November 19, 2019

From Crain’s Detroit – In the last couple of years, many economists have suggested that the U.S. economy could enter a recession in 2020 or 2021. Trade wars, ballooning corporate and personal debt, a flat manufacturing sector and many other factors have fueled the concern. Fortunately, the U.S. economy is not yet in a recession,...

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After 10 years of steady growth, Michigan’s economy faces headwinds

July 11, 2019

As of July, the U.S. economic recovery from the Great Recession is now the longest in American history, dating to the 1850s. Yet several factors are emerging that could leave the state more vulnerable to the next downturn, from automotive industry trends to skirmishes over international trade. Bridge Magazine July 9, 2019  Lindsay VanHulle, Mike Wilkinson...

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Editorial: Time is now to make roads funding deal

June 26, 2019

A coalition of business advocates last week had a simple message for legislators: Fix the roads before you hit the road. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber and numerous other groups all called on the Legislature to pass “a multi-year investment of billions of new dollars” and to...

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Opinion: No half-fixes for Michigan roads

April 30, 2019

By Doug Rothwell; Published 10:01 p.m. ET April 17, 2019 Michigan drivers and our elected state leaders agree — Michigan’s roads and bridges are crumbling, and we need to fix them. Agreement is harder to find on how best to do that. Multiple independent reports have said Michigan needs between $2.1 and $2.7 billion in additional...

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American Center for Mobility Launches Its Second Workforce Development Study

April 4, 2019

In collaboration with the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA), the American Center for Mobility (ACM) launches an additional study to better understand workforce needs in the mobility space, including curriculum development and training. The American Center for Mobility recently launched a workforce development study focused on current and future middle-skill jobs and skillsets...

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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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