The Republican Who Left Congress to Drain an Actual Swamp

Former Representative Candice Miller gave up a senior post in the House to manage the drains and sewers of Macomb County, Michigan. She has no regrets.

The Humble Microbus May Become the Leading Edge of the AV Revolution

“Just the fact that there are number of AV microbus experiments already up and running suggests there is indeed a problem to be solved,” according to tech analyst Mark Rogowsky.

Bipartisan Plan Aims to End One of Michigan’s Dubious Distinctions

Drivers in the Great Lakes State have paid the nation’s highest auto insurance rates, described as “a surcharge on people who have low socioeconomic status.”

A Top Federal CIO Is Headed to Michigan's State Government

David DeVries spent about one year as CIO for the Office of Personnel Management and previously served as principal deputy CIO at the Defense Department.

The State With the 'Most to Lose' From a NAFTA Revamp

Research from Fitch Ratings looks at how an overhaul of the trade deal could affect U.S. states.

Multiple States Court Taiwanese Manufacturer, But Is It Worth the Concessions?

Foxconn Technology Group is promising $4 billion in investment and 5,000 new jobs, but not every suitor will get a piece of the pie despite cutting taxes, in some cases, to woo them.

Trump-Induced Labor Pains for Michigan Fruit Growers

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Ohio’s planned review of state tax breaks hasn’t begun; controversial cloud-seeding in North Dakota; and an “atypical” case of mad cow disease in Alabama.

Report: Michigan Preemption Is a Case-by-Case Problem for Localities

Most local officials want “most” or “complete” authority over land and economic development, but not LGBT rights, minimum wages, plastic bag bans and the sharing economy.

Five Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in the Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Health Director Nick Lyon and four other officials are accused of failing to act on a Legionnaires' disease outbreak associated with the city’s lead-poisoning problems.

Walmart Acquiesces in Big-Box ‘Dark Store’ Tax Dispute in Michigan

A county administrator commends the retail giant for “seeing the community’s side and taking the fair route in the matter.”

Building a 'Customer Focused' Culture in Michigan

As Brom Stibitz steps into an interim director role for the state of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Route Fifty highlights his efforts to improve agency operations.

Busted City Water Pipes Don’t Plague Ironwood, Michigan As Much Anymore

The former mining town on the Upper Peninsula has made progress updating its water infrastructure. But there’s still work to be done.

Another Good Sign That Detroit Is on the Road to Fiscal Recovery

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kentucky governor’s calls for agency spending cuts; Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor summer service reductions; and Rhode Island’s “car tax” repeal.

A Spot to Appreciate Just How Far Detroit Has Come

ELGL’s annual conference in underway in the Motor City. Here’s a location where attendees should look skyward.

Survey Finds Frayed Relations in Michigan Between Local Governments and State

The latest Michigan Public Policy Survey included responses from local government officials from 1,315 jurisdictions in the Great Lakes State.

In Booming Grand Rapids, Looking at Equitable Ways to Develop City-Owned Land

As a revitalization success story continues to be written, local leaders want to take a more inclusive approach to new development.

Trump’s Proposed Block Grant Cuts Loom Over Michigan’s ‘Disability Belt’

Unemployment and lack of access to quality care during the last recession sent hundreds of thousands of Michiganders into a spiral of declining health they can’t extricate themselves from to find work. Now their only lifeline is threatened.

Michigan's ‘Stealth Move’ to Improve Vaccination Rates

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Otter vetoes Idaho grocery tax repeal; Boston mayor declines Canadian bet; and a strange New Jersey mayoral dispute.