Politics

So says Lansing: Pure Michigan and 'job incentives' come before road fixes

This is why we can’t have nice roads. It’s not just that it costs money to maintain Michigan’s roads. It costs money to maintain every state’s roads. But once other constituencies are used to getting the money, you can never re-direct it to fix the roads without said constituencies shrieking. And if there’s one thing … Continue Reading →

Standardized testing should have no part in teacher evaluations

I understand what Senate Republicans are trying to do when they pass a bill linking student performance in standardized testing to teacher evaluations. According to a bill passed on Tuesday (still to be reconciled with what the House is doing), Michigan teachers would see 25 percent of their evaluation tied to standardized test performances, and … Continue Reading →

Bad compromise: Don't hang the Prop 1 disaster around Snyder's neck

I suppose Gov. Rick Snyder knew what he was getting into when he signed on with the previous Legislature to put the ill-fated Proposal 1 on the ballot. Throughout December’s lame duck session, Snyder worked extensively with Republican leaders Randy Richardville and Jase Bolger, and Democratic leaders Gretchen Whitmer and Tim Greimel, to come up … Continue Reading →

Detroit pays a price for clinging to the Big Three

During a recent visit to Michigan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — who would like to be our next president — was badgered by local media who demanded to know if he would have supported the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2008/2009. This is the ultimate trap question. It’s assumed that a free-market … Continue Reading →

Meet the next regulated utility: hospitals

The current debate over proposed changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law is really only the symptom of a greater problem: Hospitals have become a runaway unregulated monopoly. Right now a hospital industry spokesman somewhere is busily clacking away at their keyboard to respond to that assertion. They are going to go to great lengths … Continue Reading →