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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.

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

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