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.  ...

Assessing Health Risks is a Good Start. Now Let’s Get Serious and Do Something About Them.

In a nutshell: Michigan began moving individuals who failed to complete a Health Risk Assessment off of the Healthy Michigan Plan—Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—and into marketplace health plans. These commercial heal...

Challenges Ahead Balancing the State Budget – What Could it Mean for State-Funded Public Services

With his signature in mid-July, Governor Snyder put to bed the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) state budget. Eight years removed from the end of the Great Recession and benefiting from an expanding state economy and projected solid revenue growth, this year’s...

Charter School Enrollment Projected to Decline, First Time in 21 Years

While enrollment growth in Michigan’s public charter schools has leveled off in recent years, updated estimates for the current school year show that total charter school enrollment in the state will experience its first decline since charters were auth...