The Primary Election is Over: Let’s Talk about Public Health

Public health is an important yet misunderstood concept Michigan lags other states in public health investment Michigan is less healthy than other states and faces numerous ongoing threats to health and safety Everyone has a public policy issue they beli...

2020 Census Likely to Rob Michigan of Another Congressional Seat. Rural Reps? Get Ready for More Driving.

In a nutshell: Michigan is likely to lose a seat in the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives following the 2020 Census. Slow state population growth is a major factor in this. Urban areas are growing while most rural areas are losing population.  ...

Michigan’s Initiative Petition Process Stands Alone: An Issue Ripe for Reform

A version of this post appeared in Bridge Magazine In a nutshell: Unlike other states with the citizen-initiative, Michigan does not have a process for identifying potential shortcomings in the substance of proposed constitutional and statutory law change...

Medicaid work requirements are meant to promote initiative, but can imperil health

In a nutshell: Michigan is proposing to add a work requirement to the eligibility criteria for the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s 2014 expansion of Medicaid. Following criticisms of the original proposal from groups like the Citizens Research Council...