Michigan lawmakers did the right thing by tackling the state's school employee retirement system last month. But now that that is off their plate, they should put reform of local government pensions at the top of their priority list.
The attraction to public spaces — such as parks, hiking trails, playgrounds, gardens, beaches and more — depends on good behavior from those who use them.
In 1812, Gov. Eldridge Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a mythological salamander.
An important meeting couldn't happen June 20, or anytime during this final week before the Legislature leaves for its summer recess, because Gov. Snyder is attending the Paris Air Show as part of a European trade mission.
The Great Lakes are steaming toward an invasive species iceberg while those with power to steer away from catastrophe continue to belligerently delay any meaningful intervention that could prevent disaster.
Lawmakers must take a cue from their counterparts in the medical world and "do no harm" as they tinker with health insurance reform.
A Lansing State Journal report on June 11 revealed a crack in the community's defense against teen suicide. Michigan is among 14 states that encourage, but do not mandate, suicide prevention training for its teachers.
Amid the ongoing clamor to close Enbridge's 5B oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the Great Lakes Commission has produced some sobering crude oil arithmetic.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to crack down on opioid crimes.
People are tired of politics.
In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at “fair market rent” in Michigan, renters need to earn $16.24 per hour. This is Michigan’s 2017 housing wage, revealed in a national report released this week.
The following editorial appeared in Newsday on June 2:
It's been a while since we've seen headlines around here about executive shake-ups at the top of auto companies and cutbacks of auto industry jobs.
If it ain't broke, fix it anyway.
After a spring of beaches littered with dead fish and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources begging anglers and bait shops to be very careful where they catch and use live bait, the shipping industry is in the process of persuading Congress that we should all get used to it.