Articles by Carolyn Muyskens

Carolyn Muyskens
The proposed cut from 4.25 to 3.9 percent would leave the lowest income bracket with $16 more a year than before. graph by Maddie Hughey; source: Institution on Taxation and economic policy.
Michigan lawmakers propose scrapping income tax

In some of the first bills introduced this year, Michigan lawmakers are looking to wipe out the personal income tax with...

Bethany Christian Services helped resettle this Sudanese family in West Michigan; Photo courtesy Bethany.org
Interview with Bethany Christian Services refugee director

In the wake of President Trump’s executive order halting all refugee entrance to the U.S. and the subsequent restraini...

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Calvin alumna Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary

With Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos, a Calvin College alumna, to be e...

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Mayor Bliss and Governor Snyder respond to refugee ban

In a statement Tuesday, Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss articulated her disappointment with the recent executive order...

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Dozens turned away from Rep. Amash’s town hall

Around one hundred gathered around the doors to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the freezing rain last Tuesday...

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GVSU’s Common Ground Initiative: Journalists debate race and the American dream

As a part of Grand Valley State University’s Common Ground Initiative, a series that seeks common values in our politi...

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DeVos grilled at senate hearing

The Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, nominee to head the Department of Education, allowed DeVos to express h...

Doris Kearns Goodwin speaking at a panel at the Civil Rights Summit in 2014. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
January Series (1/17): Doris Kearns Goodwin

“How Did We Get Here? A Historical Perspective on Our Wild 2016 Election” Doris Kearns Goodwin, who President Le Roy...

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Michigan’s youngest-ever lawmaker sworn in

As Michigan’s 99th House of Representatives kicked off a new year on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Capitol welcomed the youn...

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Four new charges in Flint water investigation

The criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis has made visible progress for the first time in months as Michiga...