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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.

What the Obamacare Decision Means for You

A Mackinac Center response to the Supreme Court decision. … more

What the Obamacare Decision Means for You

Coverage through employers an endangered species. … more

June 22, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on pension obligations and corporate subsidies! … more

Commentary: Health Care Exchange Issue Won't Go Away

June 15, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on cutting the state income tax and pension reform! … more

House GOP Hides Behind Rigged 'Study'

Punting on pension reform keeps the burden on taxpayers. … more

A 'Business as Usual' Comeback?

Recent votes in the Michigan Legislature a cause for concern. … more

June 8, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on "parent trigger" laws and earmarked sales tax for roads! … more

Commentary: House GOP Still Flailing Around on Pension Reform

June 1, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on public school budget and state budget! … more

The Big Lie of Government Pensions

Poor performance can drive away investors, businesses. … more

Cheeseheads Agree: 401(k)s for New Hires

Wisconsin poll: Walker likely to survive recall. … more

McHugh Reponds to Chuck Moss on Pension Reform

Agree to disagree, but get the big thing right. … more

May 25, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on "beach grooming," credit information and more! … more

AEI: 'Pension Industrial Complex'

Transition cost claims are bunk. … more

House GOP on Verge of Surrendering to MEA

Pension reform bill could be gutted. … more

House GOP Would Stick Taxpayers With Billions

Prefunding retiree health benefits for teachers a mistake. … more

May 18, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on pre-funding public school pensions! … more

Two Cheers for Teacher Pension Reform Bill

Senate takes step in the right direction, but more to be done. … more

Quo Vadis, Michigan?

Government-sector union pensions a fiscal time bomb. … more

There's No School Retiree Health Benefit 'Entitlement'

The state has no obligation to provide these benefits. … more

Commentary: Politician 'Ambushes' Transparency Reform Group, Gets 'Counter-Ambushed'

May 11, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on boat rentals, medical marijuana and more! … more

Commentary: Legislators Choose School Employees Over Taxpayers on Retirement Benefit Reform

Carnac Predicts:

Schools will try to enroll kids who are too young. … more

Michigan's Job Loss Apocalypse Averted!

No thanks to the "Department of Corporate Welfare." … more

May 4, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on kindergarten, medical marijuana and more! … more

Commentary: Low-Balled School Pension Contributions Kick Taxpayers in the Teeth

They've been low-balled for too many years. … more

School Pension Contributions Hurt Taxpayers

They've been low-balled for too many years. … more

April 27, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on virtual learning and the state budgets! … more

Prisons Not an 'Economic Development' Program

Legislators objecting to prison savings. … more

School Employee Retirement Benefits

A case study. … more

Missouri House Votes to 'Nullify' Obamacare

Vote shares historic date with Lexington and Concord. … more

April 20, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on underage drinking, hotel taxes and more! … more

April 13, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Newly introduced bills, including $900 million state borrowing from insurance companies and college tuition subsidies. … more

April 5, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Newly introduced bills, including money to Detroit and regulating children's products. … more

Commentary: A Plan to End ObamaCare — and the Current Health Care Status Quo

University Budget Transparency vs. Secret 'Appropriations Mud Pit'

Increasing term limits won't help government transparency. … more

Commentary: Mixed Messages on Prison Spending

March 30, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on home health care workers, lottery welfare and more! … more

Commentary: Contracts Show, Manager Law 'Chemo' for Cancerous Fiscal Abuse

Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming to Michigan?

Health Care Compact Bill Would Shift Power Back To The States

Commentary: 'Correction' of CapCon Story Leaves Something To Be Desired

'Best Article on Wind Farms You Will Ever Read'

Wind energy unreliable in times of weather emergencies. … more

Rep. Ray Franz: Hero of Home Repair Tradesmen

Sometimes politicians actually get it. … more

The Price of Government Unions (It's High)

But it doesn't have to be, according to new study. … more

Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming To Michigan?

Michigan's Solyndra?

Taxpayers on the hook for shady movie studio deal. … more

Small Business Survey: Obamacare Already Killing Jobs

Grassroots Obamacare Hearing: The People Speak

Strong Support for Right-to-Work Measures in the Michigan Legislature

As Americans Await Obamacare, Canadians Wait Longer for Treatment

This waiting is no game. … more

Republican State Senate Sits on Union Reform Bills

Obamacare Exchange Money Stripped From Appropriation Bill

A Genuinely Sensible Alternative to Light-Rail

Jitneys: A free-market solution to government-created problem. … more

Michigan Senate Revives Corporate Welfare Scheme Governor Vowed to End

Medical Freedom Zones

Dysfunctional health care system can be fixed. … more

Dangerous Union of Monomaniacs?

The singular vision of government employee unions. … more

Commentary: Obamacare Arrives

Commentary: MEA Shock! Mackinac Center and FDR Agree — Ban Government Collective Bargaining

Ideas to Fix Michigan: Refresher Course

Senators Admit Obamacare Is Unconstitutional

But vote for it. … more

Ten Reasons to Reject State Obamacare Exchange

Michigan's lawsuit — and policy independence — are at risk. … more

Obamacare 'Exchange' Opposite of 'Free Market'

PPACA not "conservative," either. … more

Obamacare: GOP 'Hostage Taker'

Are Republicans suffering from Stockholm syndrome? … more

Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Corporate Welfare's Got to Go

Tea partiers, Occupiers can agree on this chant. … more

Obamacare 'Mandate' Could Penalize 70,000 Here

Based on Massachusetts' "Romneycare" experience, thousands of Michigan families could get slammed. … more

NFIB: 'No Rush' on Creating Obamacare Exchange

NFIB chief says to go slow on Obamacare exchange. … more

ALEC: 'No' to Exchanges, 'Yes' to Health Compact

"(I)t is not in the best interest of the state for any state official to participate in planning or establishing health insurance exchanges as provided for in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." … more

Detroit Bridge: Political Patronage, or Power to the People?

Tea Party Uses MichiganVotes to Rank Legislators

Scorecard tool can track bill votes of your choice. … more

Obamacare 'Bending the Cost Curve' UP

Estimated 14 percent increase with, 3.5 percent without. … more

Unionized Government Takes and Spends More

How unions impact Michigan's overspending problem. … more

'Green Jobs' Smackdown Worth Repeating

New study shows dismal return on millions in subsidies. … more

Legislature Finally Repeals Health Care Benefits for 'Retired' Lawmakers After a Decade of Disagreement

Senators appear to get the best deal in "compromise." … more

Obamacare Exchange: The People or the Insurers?

Insurers' desire for clarity is trumped by people's need for repeal. … more

Careful What You Wish for on Health 'Exchange'

"Exchange" opens a bigger can of worms than lawmakers realize. … more

Ark. Dem. Gov. Says 'No' to Obamacare Grant

Gov. Snyder says yes to same.
 … more

Arkansas Dem Governor Says 'No' to Obamacare Exchange Grant; Michigan Administration Says 'Yes'

Gov. Snyder’s 'Exchange' an Obamacare Trojan Horse?

Gov. Rick Snyder is using the reassuring language of a limited health insurance exchange favored by the conservative Heritage Foundation, but his administration working to create a full blown Obamacare exchange. … more

Creating Health 'Exchange' Entrenches Obamacare

Exchange supporters risk Obamacare "collaborationism." … more

Preparing for a Unicorn Stampede

Likelihood of Obamacare exchanges "close to zero." … more

Tax $$$ for Gov't Union Ban Stuck in GOP Senate

Law would ban public pay for union work. … more

GOP Combines Corporate Welfare & 'Cool Cities'

Do Senate Republican politicians get the Tea Party? … more

Michigan Could Lose Jobs Under Obamacare

Romneycare: 18k fewer jobs in Massachusetts. … more

Big D Gets a 'C-' for Transparency

New website grades municipalities' online transparency. … more

More GOP Backlash Against Recall-Happy MEA?

State Senate pushing deeper school reforms lately. … more

NY GOP Blocking State 'Obamacare' Exchange

Michigan Republicans moving ahead with one here. … more

Mich. GOP Lawmakers More Intimidated by Government Unions?

What if Employers Provided Housing?

Would an ObamaCare "housing exchange" improve it? … more

Accountability 101: How’s Your Legislator Performing?

Comparing your lawmaker's deeds vs. words is the essential first step. … more

Political Power, Central Planning & 'Stimulus' vs. the People

Stimulus and corporate welfare serve politicians but hurt people. … more

The Green Jobs Myth

Paying more to get the same thing does not improve the well-being of families, businesses, the economy or the nation. … more

Feds: 'Never Mind' on State Obamacare Exchanges?

The department says just 11 states have "embraced" the exchange idea, which is a core component of Obamacare. … more

Why Health Care in Michigan Is Expensive

"Certificate of need" law drives competition down, costs up. … more

Reagan Fires CMU Faculty PATCO Strikers

Dealing with illegal strikes. … more

How Will ObamaCare Mess Up My Life and Livelihood?

Useful information as Michigan prepares for an ObamaCare “exchange.” … more

Michigan Legislature Micromanage? Ahem ...

The political system’s urge to regulate everything under the sun. … more

Morning in America: Obamacare Repealed

A multi-state health care compact could replace Obamacare with state-federal power sharing. … more