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2020: A New Day, or Groundhog Day?

Michigan lawmakers have only a few months to create a budget for the next fiscal year, address the Medicaid program and enact criminal justice reforms.

Michigan on Pace for Smallest Increase in Business Subsidies in Years

Legislators reduced some corporate welfare spending

In 2019, lawmakers dialed back taxpayer support for business subsidies, perhaps reflecting a change in thinking.

Lawmakers Should Not Resurrect Pure Michigan Subsidy Program

A legislator from northern Michigan wants the state to restart taxpayer funding of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign. Lawmakers should let its funding stay at the current level: zero.

The Unintended Results of Michigan’s Divided Government

A conflict between a Republican Legislature and a Democratic governor led to restrained growth in the state budget.

Regulatory Reforms on the Move in Michigan

Michigan has reformed some of the many licenses it requires for people to hold a job. Lawmakers should continue that work in the new year.

Students Led Astray by Environmental Education

A set of regulations and laws that a high school student proposed as part of a biology class suggests that Michigan schools should take a closer look at the environmental impact of renewable energy sources when teaching about the benefits.

Legislators Nix Regulatory Overreach of Rural Health Care Providers

Without the Legislature’s timely intervention, the commission’s decision threatened to make it more difficult for cancer patients in rural areas of Michigan to access this treatment.

Filling Classroom Vacancies Requires Better Solutions

Some Michigan classrooms lack a teacher with full credentials, even though many people with teaching credentials aren’t teaching. Rather than focusing heavily on producing more teachers, the state should find ways to entice some of those teachers into the classroom.

Keep Pure Michigan Spending at $0

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was right to veto funding for the Pure Michigan advertising campaign in the new state budget.