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Time For Charter Accountability

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 […]

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Snyder Snubs

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 […]

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This Week in Progress

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 […]

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Sex, Drugs, and Murder Plots: The Aramark Scandal Saga Continues

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 […]

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Mich’ed up priorities

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 […]

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Media Rundown: Aramark

We love making waves at Progress Michigan. We definitely made the right kind of waves when we released documents showing that the Snyder administration had a hand in quietly removing a $98,000 fine on Aramark, the out-of-state corporation that was handed a $145 million dollar contract to run our state prisons’ food service. We know […]

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This Week in Progress

This Week in Progress Terri Lynn Land’s non-profit just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Oh, and we’re suing the MDOC. This Week in PM Blogging: A Look at the Bottom Line Rick Snyder likes to pretend that, even though we still lag behind other states, that we’re on the “road to recovery” despite […]

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A Look at the Bottom Line

Rick Snyder likes to remind us that he’s an accountant. Maybe he’s attempting to explain his awkwardness in public (no offense to my accountant friends) or is trying to justify his policies that hurt working families, seniors and children (“Hey don’t blame me, blame the numbers.”) But what if we took a look Snyder’s bottom […]

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This Week in Progress

In progressive news this week: More to the Aramark scandal saga, Terri Lynn Land’s hypocritical ISIS statement and Elliott-Larsen amendment roadblocks. This Week in PM Blogging: Let’s Get the Facts Straight, Mr. Baird Gov. Snyder’s right-hand man sure doesn’t take kindly to criticism, especially from women in positions of power. Terri Lynn Land’s Campaign Truck […]