This study compares the revenues and operating expenditures of Michigan’s urban, suburban, town and rural school districts. The study’s findings provide a new and unique perspective on Michigan’s school districts.
In 1997, as a result of state legislation, the pension plan for the Michigan State Employees’ Retirement System underwent a significant change. State employees who qualified for MSERS and who were hired on or after March 31, 1997, were placed in a “defined-contribution” retirement plan. Through fiscal 2010, the MSERS defined-benefit plan is estimated to have saved state taxpayers $167 million in pension normal costs and $2.3 billion to $4.3 billion in lower unfunded liabilities.
This database provides a summary of the state’s public high schools’ performance against the background of each school’s size, percentage of students eligible for federal school lunch subsidies and urban, suburban, town or rural locale class.
A brief filed by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation helped convince the Michigan Employment Relations Commission that graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan are students, not public employees, and therefore cannot be unionized.
A different look at how bringing public-sector benefits into balance with the private sector could save Michigan $5.7 billion annually.
Home health aides, who often care for disabled family members, were forced into a union and now have part of their state subsidy checks skimmed off for union dues.
Oscoda Public Schools has come up with a revolutionary new way to evaluate teachers.
A grassroots coalition that includes several union members is pushing to get right-to-work protections for Michigan.
Key stories: How to train politicians, an assessment of Gov. Snyder’s first six months, Michigan teacher pay, GOP supports tourism subsidies.
Vol. 5 No. 2 – Spring 2011
Key stories: Taxpayer K-12 money diverted to union business, “Big Oil” and teacher pensions, beer and wine distributorship monopolies, NASCAR subsidies.
Vol. 5 No. 3 – Summer 2011