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Hard To Swallow: Toxic Water In a Toxic System in Flint

In a place that bills itself the Great Lakes State, you'd think people would understand and appreciate the universally critical importance of water.

But the frightening truth is, a growing...

Democracy Watch: Congress Looks at Detroit's Water Crisis

February 25, 2015

The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes good business sense, his reasoning is...

Democracy Watch: UN Experts Condemn Detroit Water Shut-Offs

October 22, 2014

During the three days she spent in Detroit investigating the water shut-off crisis, there were a number of times when Catarina de Albuquerque’s jaw literally dropped.

A United Nations...

Buzzkill: How the EAA Exploited Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Kids

In June of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder stepped behind a microphone at Detroit's Renaissance High School to announce the start of a revolutionary new approach to education in Michigan.

The...

Detroit's Water Woes: A Payment Plan is Not an Affordability Plan

September 02, 2014

Will Mayor Mike Duggan’s 10-point plan to help Detroit residents pay their water bills work?

The answer for that is yes. And no.

There is no doubt it will indeed work for many...

Democracy Watch: Contracts and the Constitution in Pontiac

A Pontiac lawsuit that could have far-reaching implications throughout Michigan was heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.

The case was brought by city...

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