On the Left
- GOP Loses Appeal to Stop Independent Redistricting Commission An article published in Michigan Advance recounts a U.S Court of Appeals decision to deny a Republican Party appeal to halt work by an independent redistricting commission in Michigan. The commission will draw voting boundary lines once drawn by the Michigan Legislature.
- Even in a pandemic, corporate interests want to endanger workers’ lives and deny them basic help A Michigan Advance editorial comments on how corporate special interests are affecting low-wage workers and the working class in Michigan.
- Whitmer, 6 'Midwest' Govs Working Together to Reopen Economies Michigan Advance writes about a new COVID-19 partnership among Midwest governors, including Michigan, designed to coordinate restrictions prioritizing health and the economy.
Down the Middle
- Inside Michigan Gov. Whitmer's Coronavirus Fight: 'We Know We Saved Lives' A Bridge Magazine article describes the public health crisis Michigan faces and the hard times in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is leading.
- Coronavirus could drain Michigan unemployment fund within months The Michigan Unemployment Trust Fund could incur a $15 billion deficit as COVID-19 affects the state’s economy, according to an economist interviewed in Bridge Magazine.
- Race disparities amid infectious diseases aren't new. It's time we took action African-Americans accounted for 40% of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan. A Detroit Free Press article highlights the disparities in COVID disease outcome by race.
On the Right
- How the Pandemic will Affect Public Sector Pension Plans A Mackinac Center for Public Policy article warns that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause financial havoc among public sector pension plans.
- Political Push Back on Whitmer's Lockdown Expansion Republican legislative leaders and citizens are pushing back on a COVID-19 stay-at-home requirement extended through the final weeks of April, reports Michigan’s Capitol Confidential.
- Michigan’s Personal Income Tax During Pandemic State income tax revenues fund transportation, schools, colleges, prisons and Medicaid. Michigan Capitol Confidential explains that COVID-19 may strain state finances and the services that taxes pay for.