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Public News Service - MI: Budget Policy & Priorities

Michigan's jobless rate is now 3.7 percent, but fewer people are working today than in 2000. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- This Labor Day, while Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in years, analysts say that isn't all good news. Much of the decline, they say, is due to a loss of workers. Michigan's workforce reached its peak of just over 5 million people in 2000, but a new r

Doctors say medical school graduates don't currently have enough options for community-based training in Michigan. (clarita/morguefile)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – They see patients from birth to death, and some family physicians say getting more medical students to choose the primary care field could play a big part in creating a healthier Michigan. Michigan has long been a leader in medical education, but many graduates either lea

Michigan lawmakers approved a $56.5 billion budget for 2018. (Brian Charles Watson/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday is expected to sign the 2018 state budget, a plan that some analysts describe as both promising and concerning. Rachel Richards, legislative coordinator for the Michigan League for Public Policy, says the $56.5 billion state budget includes a numbe

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's alleged use of personal email for state business is at the center of a lawsuit filed this week. (billschuette.com)

LANSING, Mich. - The state's top law-enforcement official is facing legal troubles, with his office accused of violating the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit filed Tuesday comes after the attorney general's office rejected a public-records request for the private email messages of Republican

The fate of healthcare for millions of Michiganders could come down to a vote in Congress on Thursday. (Architect of the Capitol)

LANSING, Mich. – As President Donald Trump makes a last push to Congress to get his healthcare proposal across the finish line in the U.S. House, policy experts in Michigan are raising red flags. More than 650,000 people are enrolled in the state's Healthy Michigan expanded Medicaid plan, with

A new poll shows little public support for a plan to repeal the Michigan state income tax. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich – Michigan lawmakers looking to phase out the state's income tax over time without a plan to replace it won't find much support from their constituents, according to a new survey. The poll, commissioned by the Michigan League for Public Policy, found that nearly three-quarters

Expanding Medicaid has helped the financial health of Michigan's hospitals. (MetalliX/morguefile)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Healthy Michigan Plan is living up to its name when it comes to the financial well-being of the state's hospitals, according to a new study from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. The report found that uncompensated care, which includes both charity

Michigan lawmakers return to work the second week of January. (MittenStatePhototog/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – At a time when political friction is high, Michigan state leaders are being applauded for coming together to help children and families. The lame duck legislative session just wrapped up with passage of several measures, including a supplemental budget bill (SB 800) that wil

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