The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy’s latest roundtable discussion seeks to explore the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s new congressional and legislative maps and examine the state’s new process for drafting voting districts. Hosted in conjunction with the University of Michigan Ford School’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the webinar discusses how Michigan’s new citizen-led model compares to other states’ process across the nation, and roundtable guests posit whether Michigan’s new model could inspire reform in those states too.Read More
News From Around Detroit
- Overtaxed Detroiters expect to be repaidby Bryce Huffman (Bryce Huffman | Bridge Detroit)
Despite rising home prices and stabilizing taxable property values, Detroiters who lost homes to tax foreclosure – or who have struggled to pay – say they still want reparations for past overassesments.
- Here’s what police plan to do about surge in Detroit sexual assaultsby Bryce Huffman (Bryce Huffman | Bridge Detroit)
Detroit saw a surge in sexual assault cases during the pandemic, and police expect the number to continue to increase as they ask more survivors to come forward. Police are also allocating more resources to the Special Victims Units and improving outreach to the community, but some say more needs to be done.
- New Detroit City Council members outline their prioritiesby Olivia Lewis (Olivia Lewis | Bridge Detroit)
Detroit voters flipped the City Council in November, placing six new members on the nine-person council. Every member took an oath to serve the people of Detroit for the next four years, but what can Detroiters actually expect, based on the councilmembers’ actions so far?
- Detroit’s youth soccer league is back and bigger than everby Bryce Huffman (Bryce Huffman | Bridge Detroit)
The City of Detroit is looking for coaches and youth to join their spring soccer league. Registration for players began this week.
- Black, Brown women lead Detroit’s child care industry. They need investors.by Olivia Lewis (Olivia Lewis | Bridge Detroit)
Detroit’s child care industry is in crisis. There aren’t enough providers to meet the needs of Detroit families who could help ease the city’s labor shortage. But is help on the way?
- A look at Justice Stephen Breyer's career and opinions on the bench
New reports Wednesday indicate Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, raising questions about his replacement. President Joe Biden said he will wait for Breyer's formal announcement. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer cited the president's past words, indicating a desire to appoint America's first Black woman to the court. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it's too soon to comment.
- News Wrap: U.N. sounds alarm over Afghan economy, says country has become a 'frozen hell'
In our news wrap Wednesday, the secretary general of the United Nations sounded a dire warning about Afghanistan. The Federal Reserve is ready to ratchet up interest rates in a bid to beat back inflation. The city of San Jose, California, has adopted the nation's first law to make gun owners carry liability insurance.
- The Fed aims to clamp down on inflation with rate hikes. Will it work?
The Federal Reserve is shifting its approach to the economy and monetary policy. It's a major change after holding interest rates at near zero levels. Given the pandemic, it's not without its own risks. But the Fed chairman said the state of the economy required changing course. Lisa Desjardins begins the report, with more from Greg Ip, chief economics commentator for The Wall Street Journal.