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This Week in Progress
It’s Friday! This week featured Tax Day, Gov. Rick Snyder filing for reelection and the Detroit Free Press’ Stephen Henderson winning a Pulitzer Prize (Congrats!).
Let’s get progressive!
This week in PM blogging:

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Enroll America: Michigan Organizing Director

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The Organizing Director will be responsible for the state field, data, and digital programs. Working with national staff as well as the State Director, the Organizing Director will write and implement the field plan, including hiring state organizing staff. The Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day management of the organizing staff, as well as long term strategic execution of the field program. In addition, the Organizing Director will be responsible for ensuring that the field operation fully integrates the data and digital programs.

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If You(th) Seek A Pleasant Peninsula – VOTE!

Over the last few years Michigan has been experiencing a “brain drain,” or a large number of young, college educated people moving out of state. According to one college grad, this phenomenon is rooted strongly in the fact that the state’s political system is out of control and our elected leaders are taking opposing positions on issues that are important to young adults.

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Guest Post: Finding Community in a Courtroom

Guest post by Pamela Wall, Clinical Law Student

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Terribly important civil rights work can be terribly upsetting, I’ve found.

When I signed on to be a student in the Wayne Law Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Clinic with the ACLU of Michigan, I had no idea that fighting against the injustices of our world would mean submerging myself in a sea of injustices and swimming around.

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Put up or shut up

I won’t bore you by telling you how bad Michigan’s roads are, we all know they’re garbage. We need some serious investment in our infrastructure. Without it, our economy and public safety are in trouble.
Even corporate lobbyists like Rich Studley over at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce know that Michigan needs to invest in our roads. Mr. Studley laid out quite the list of facts the other day on his Twitter feed.

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How Does Gov. Snyder Tax Thee? Let’s Count the Ways

It’s Tax Day in Michigan – the day that many of us will rush to our nearest post office or computer to file our taxes in time. The long lines, the news coverage and people dressed up like the Statue of Liberty urging us to give their tax service a try have become traditions each tax season.
But lately, things don’t feel the same for hardworking Michigan taxpayers. In the last few years, things have changed. Under Gov. Rick Snyder the average person pays more in state taxes. How you ask? Let’s count the ways.

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This Week in Progress

Happy Friday, Michigan! Welcome to another edition of This Week in Progress.
Let’s get started!
This week in PM blogging:
Reinventing “Reinventing Michigan”

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Milking the Vagina Business

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Democracy Watch: Bankruptcy Pivot Point

Curt Guyette, Investigative Reporter

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr sat on the witness stand last Thursday, trying to convince U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes that he’d bargained hard to get a good deal for the city, and had been prepared to file a lawsuit against two banks if they didn’t bend to his will.

And bend they did, he said.

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Big Government Brought to you by Proponents of Small Government

Last week, conservative lawmakers who regularly promise voters that they’re “creating a smaller, smarter state government” did the exact opposite and expanded government reach. The administration passed legislation allowing oil corporations to force private property owners to give them legal rights to their land in order to place carbon dioxide pipelines on their property, or be forced to go to court. The legislation also gives more tax breaks to oil companies.

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