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Business Bridge

Ban-the-box policy to hire ex-inmates is gaining backers

Employers who have taken the criminal-history checkbox off job applications say they still check backgrounds, but leave the discussion about an applicant’s record until later in the process. Will others follow?




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Guest commentary

What does it really cost to educate students? Let’s take another stab at figuring it out.

Michigan school finance needs rethinking if schools are to thrive. Another study, funded in part by the Small Business Association, will help clarify how.




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Guest commentary

It melts ice in winter. It degrades infrastructure year-round. Is road salt worth it?

At a time when the state needs every extra penny to repair, replace and upgrade its roads and bridges, why are we pouring a corrosive chemical on them?




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Talent & education

An unwanted touch. Two lives in free fall. A dispatch from the drive to stop sexual assault on campus.

Two MSU students hook up for sex over Memorial Day. Hours later he touches her breast, but stops when she says no. MSU’s handling of the incident is testing the boundaries of its effort to stop sexual assault.




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Guest commentary

Education proposals this year could further harm Michigan students

Michigan is already far behind leading states. So why is the state considering measures that reduce accountability and funding while making it harder for parents to get honest information on school performance?




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Public sector

From lawmaker to lobbyist. Should the state slow down the revolving door?

Most states have a “cooling-off” period before a departing lawmaker can become a lobbyist. Not so in Michigan, where most who take the leap are lobbying their former colleagues within six months.




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Phil's column

‘Fake news’ and the delegitimization of traditional journalism

Living in a post-fact world, in which there is no independent standard by which to judge the accuracy of any assertion.




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