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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic abuse was put in the spotlight recently after a video surfaced of NFL football player Ray Rice beating his wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator. Janay’s abuse sparked national outrage (as it rightly should have), but it also ignited a whole slew of victim blaming and unfortunately even […]
Earlier this year, the Detroit Free Press published a special report on the state of charter schools in Michigan. The investigation found, among other findings, that Michigan’s charter schools lacked proper oversight, many charter operators were forced out for self-dealing, and that charters don’t fare any better than our community schools. Furthermore, the Free Press […]
Last night, Lonnie Scott, Progress Michigan’s executive director, and I discovered that the free tickets we applied for to attend Governor Snyder’s first town hall in Kalamazoo were cancelled. We took to the Tweetosphere to notify the public and demand answers as to why we, taxpaying residents of Michigan and Governor Snyder’s constituents, were denied […]
This Week in Progress Sex, Drugs, and Murder Plots: The Aramark Scandal. This Week in PM Blogging: Media Rundown: Aramark We know you’re busy, so we decided to give you a media rundown of some of the best hits our accountability work with Aramark and the Snyder administration has resulted in. Mich’ed up priorities For over […]
First it was drug smuggling, sex acts between workers and inmates, and maggots near the prison food. Then, two weeks ago, we found out that Gov. Snyder’s office not only tried to silence the controversy surrounding Aramark’s blunders in March, but they pulled some strings and had the widely-publicized $98,000 fine quietly revoked. It can’t possibly […]
For over a decade, state legislators have been making budget cuts that are hurting Michiganders. In a little over one week from today, the new fiscal year 2015 state budget takes effect and legislators start planning for the 2016 fiscal year budget. In 2011, Governor Snyder gave corporations a $1.8 billion dollar tax cut. Michiganders […]