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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.

November 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Big gas tax hike, property forfeitures and more … more

November 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

New legislative leaders; facilitating medical innovation … more

October 31, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Tea Party? Occupy Wall Street? Corporate Welfare … more

October 24, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Extend film subsidies, and more key votes from 2014 … more

October 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

One Sector Grew Last Decade: Corporate Welfare

Very few jobs to show for special favors, subsidies. … more

October 10, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Obamacare Could Negatively Impact Women

Twice as likely to work low-hour schedules. … more

October 3, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Drugged driving, automatic police pay hikes, "right to try" … more

Teacher 'Effectiveness' Ratings Gutted

Legislators turn their backs on students. … more

September 26, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Pensions, hunting drones, automatic pay hikes & more … more

September 19, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Expand forfeiture & court costs, auto protectionism, “right to try” … more

September 12, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Business tax, "bad driver" tax & more "shadow government" … more

September 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Wolf hunts, golf carts and more licensure … more

August 22, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

August 15, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Wolf hunts, terminal patients and Medicaid. … more

August 8, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

August 1, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

July 25, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Obamacare's Survival up to State Legislators

Figures for Halbig's Michigan impact … more

July 18, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Pension Malpractice and Fund Raids

Everyone's doing it! … more

July 11, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

July 3, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Insurance 52% to 119% Costlier Under Obamacare

County-level comparisons now available. … more

June 27, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

June 20, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Votes on “navigators,” pets, squatters, woodstoves, taxi-cartels … more

June 13, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Road taxes, budgets, e-cigs and more… … more

June 6, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Detroit “Bailout,” a Little Extra for Roads, Internet Harassment … more

May 30, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Minimum wage, medical service tax. … more

May 23, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Detroit bailout, gas tax, FOIA. … more

Closing Pensions a Litmus Test for Detroit Reform

"Business as usual" if Legislature caves. … more

Detroit Bailout Package

Handy link to descriptions of all 10 bills. … more

Detroit Bailout Solved: Sell Just ONE Painting

Use state money to fill potholes statewide. … more

'Binding' Taxpayers to Detroit

Bailout money means fewer potholes get fixed. … more

April 4, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Legislative Reforms in 2013 Leave Much to be Desired

March 28, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Votes on soccer, roadkill, nuke plants. … more

Medicaid Expansion Studies Weren't Trustworthy

Analysis reveals multiple flaws. … more

Happy Anniversary Proposal A

Not Pretty: 2013 Legislative Roundup

March 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Revolving Door Crony Capitalism Spins Washington and Lansing

February 28, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

A Legislative Agenda for 2014

February 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda. … more

January 31, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

State Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare. … more

'Business Improvement Zones' = Property Taxes

If you doubt that, try not paying the "assessment." … more

January 24, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Commentary: Your Pledge for Detroit

Bailout scheme takes from other needs. … more

The Certificate of Need 'CON' Job

Regulation increases health care costs 11 percent. … more

Gov. Snyder Keeps Pace in State of the State

Bipartisan track record is to expand government. … more

January 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

January 10, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

December 13, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

December 6, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

November 22, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Don’t Raise Campaign Contribution Limits — Eliminate Them

November 15, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

November 8, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Don't Extend Granholm's 'Blown Away' Program

Legislators should demand accountability from MEDC. … more

November 1, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 25, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 18, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 11, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 4, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

September 27, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Media Ignoring Facts on Obamacare Rates

Preliminary analyis shows show sharp hikes. … more

September 20, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

September 13, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

September 6, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Implementing Obamacare

MichiganVotes Roll Call Report … more

GOP's 'Collective Guilt' on Medicaid Expansion

What's to be gained by Republican lawmakers? … more

Hospitals: Careful What You Wish for on Medicaid

New research shows expansion could hurt providers. … more

August 16, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Why Detroit's Pension Funds Failed

August 9, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

August 2, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Action on Obamacare Medicaid Expansion … more

Commentary: House GOP Leadership's Obamacare Flip-Flop

Commentary: Unions Cry Crocodile Tears Over Municipal Pensions

July 26, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

July 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

July 12, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

July 5, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

Delay Strengthens 'No Medicaid Expansion' Case

Postponing mandate makes Obamacare more vulnerable … more

How Obamacare Is Vulnerable

Let us count the ways … more

Hospital Lobby Driving Medicaid Expansion

Jack McHugh's Senate testimony on Obamacare. … more

The Un-Affordable Care Act

Obamacare Medicaid: Facts, Figures, Background

What you don’t know can hurt you. … more

June 28, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

Stopping Medicaid Expansion In Its Tracks

Amendment makes bill match proponents' claims. … more

Medicaid Now a 'Reform-Proof' Entitlement

Are "healthy behavior" conditions on Social Security next? … more