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Jack McHugh

Senior Legislative Analyst

Jack McHugh is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s senior legislative analyst and editor of MichiganVotes.org, a unique Web site that puts the activities of the Michigan Legislature at citizens’ fingertips. Since the site was launched in 2001, McHugh has written or edited concise, plain-English descriptions of every bill, vote and amendment in the state House and Senate: 12,000 bills; 10,000 roll call votes; 8,000 amendments; and 2,400 new laws. These can all be searched and sorted on the MichiganVotes.org Web site.

McHugh’s experience prior to joining the Center is wide and varied. He has been a floor trader in the treasury bond and gold futures “pits” of the Chicago commodity exchanges, writer and real estate developer. He entered the Michigan political and public policy scene in 1994, spending six years as a legislative chief of staff in the House of Representatives.

McHugh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University (where he completed two highly relevant research projects, “Analyzing Michigan House Voting Records Using the ‘MichiganVotes.org’ Database” and “Analysis of Appropriations to Michigan’s Public Four-Year Universities, with Recommendations”).

Jack McHugh’s essays on public policy issues have appeared in The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The Grand Rapids Press and many other newspapers. He is also co-author of a book on Midwest mountain bike trails.

May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Automaker protectionism, who’s the repo man, ballot initiative signatures and more … more

May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Transit subsidy taxes, ban bag bans, alien drivers, grass seed warning font size … more

May 6, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Detroit school bailout, teacher strikes, state spending increases, more … more

April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Crime and Punishment: juveniles, sign breakers, fetus merchants, more … more

April 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

School tax hikes, cash-only for rims, bigger fonts on seed warnings … more

Pope Francis Favors School Choice

Educating children a “primary” and “inalienable” right of parents … more

April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Ban “cyber revenge porn,” authorize Pet Protection Orders, rapist fathers’ rights, yoga regulation … more

April 8, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Require schools teach sexual and internet etiquette; impose mileage tax; a teen court … more

April 1 Michigan Legislature Weekly Roll Call Report

Constitutional amendments on same sex marriage, legalized pot, “referendum-proofing” bills and more … more

Four Questions About the Detroit Public Schools Plan

March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Detroit school bailout, extra liquor license for big stores, digital assets … more

March 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

“Stale” petition signatures, bank examiner powers, arson burns … more

Trump, Snyder Agree: More Visas for Foreigners With Degrees

Possible change of course for presidential candidate … more

You Are Paying for Local Government Tax Hike Ads

March 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Teens with liquor, bikers without a license, DNR double dipping … more

February 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

“Reasonable” government electioneering, save sweltering children, teach the Holocaust … more

February 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint water rebates, raises for judges, more sap for you … more

February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions … more

February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint water bill rebates, dark skies, tax breaks for developers … more

Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

Economic outlook has improved, but could be better … more

Like Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering for Tax Hikes? Here’s a Bill for You

Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions … more

January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks … more

January 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint water money, driving while stoned, more … more

January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more  … more

Schools Seek New Property Tax Powers

Mackinac Center Releases Report Highlighting Lawmakers’ Missed Votes

Number of votes missed trending downward … more

December 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

“Guilty state,” push-back fed overreach, selective tax breaks, more university debt … more

Government Officials to Pick Lodging Industry Winners and Losers?

Tourism officials said to be scrutinizing Airbnb … more

Legislature Hoping for Improbable Federal Rescue of Medicaid Expansion

Without waiver, it's back to the drawing board … more

December 11, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Recreation taxes, absentee voting, gambling, fee hikes and more … more

Yet Another 'Photo Cop' Traffic Ticket Scheme

This one attached to massive new government spending … more

GOP Helping Big Spending Public School Lobby

Bills give schools new ways to tax and spend … more

December 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Data center tax breaks, licensure mandates, teacher “double dipping,” debt and more … more

House Members Right to Be Skeptical of Server Farm Favors

November 20, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Drone wars, fantasy football, more corporate subsidies … more

Traverse City Homeless 'Bill of Rights' Could Turn Public Facilities into Impromptu Shelters

November 13, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Union privileges, guns in schools, straight ticket voting, more … more

November 6, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Gas tax hike, road funding finale, more. … more

October 30, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Warrantless searches, guns, poachers, government “venture capital,” more … more

Beware 'Wimpy' Tax Cut Promises

Politicians will gladly give tax relief later for a big tax increase today … more

October 23, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Gas tax hike, road funding, criminalization, more … more

October 16, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Banning social promotion; personal protection orders for pets … more

October 9, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Civil forfeiture reform, bully breeds, medical marijuana and more … more

October 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Electronic proof of insurance and criminal justice reform … more

September 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Food carts, nursing home over-regulation, voter approval for tax … more

September 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Balanced budget amendment, government “jobs for life,” preschool spending … more

Courser's and Gamrat's 'Orphan Bills'

Bills abandoned by the two former legislators … more

September 11, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Sex! Scandal! Expulsion! And substantive issues too … more

September 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

New bills on road debt, child deaths, squatters, gender bending, more … more

Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability … more

August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Recently introduced bills of interest … more

Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem … more

August 21, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Key road funding votes of 2015 … more

August 7, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Recently introduced bills of interest. … more

July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more … more

July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Proposals to repeal right-to-work, expand licensure mandates, more … more

'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal … more

July 17 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest … more

A Victory for Political Free Speech

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional … more

July 10, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest … more

July 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Key Senate Road Funding Votes … more

June 19, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Green light to Uber; red light to film subsidies; mobile beer bars and more … more

June 12, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

“Tax-lite” road funding, same-sex adoptions, local employer mandates … more

June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

June 5 round up of important bills in the Michigan State Legislature. … more

May 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage

If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes … more

May 22, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Corporate Welfare Isn't 'Essential' to a Vibrant Economy

May 15, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

May 8, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Snug as an Official Bug in a Rug

Politicians can find themselves deciding things of low value … more

Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

Michigan fortunate not to have established state exchange … more

May 1, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

April 24, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

“Early Warning System” for overspending school districts … more

Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Exceeds Projections by 22 Percent

The cost of expanding Medicaid more expensive than originally assumed … more

April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees … more

April 10, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Hospital “prices,” cigarette taxes, unions, monopolies … more

April 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras … more

Proposal 1 Would Pay Michigan's Road Debt Hangover

Paying down the state's road debt is a good idea … more

March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping. … more

WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever

Transitions costs are illusionary … more

March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back" … more

March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Crime & punishment, film subsidies. … more

House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies

House rejects $50 million per year program. … more

March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies … more

Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More

February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies … more

February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget. … more

A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House

"The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs." … more

February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget. … more

February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules. … more

Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments

Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry. … more

88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler

Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions. … more

And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report

Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage" … more

2013-2014 Legislature Last Day Roll Call Report

Road funding/tax hike deal … more

December 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Obamacare “navigators,” unionized college athletes … more

You are Entering the Government Pension Zone

December 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Road funding, religious freedom, film subsidies & more … more

November 21, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Constitutional amendment proposals … more

November 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Big gas tax hike, property forfeitures and more … more