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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.

Republican Ploy to Stop Medicaid Expansion?

Obamacare Capitulation at a Discount Price … more

Medicaid's Roach Motel Coming to Michigan?

Once we get in, we'll never get out. … more

Michigan Republicans Go Wobbly on Obamacare

June 7, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Votes on National Guard pensions, hunting licenses … more

Yet Another Lansing 'Scaffolding for Plunder?'

Republicans pushing more crony capitalism. … more

May 31, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

House Budget and excess property tax refunds … more

Commentary: State Budget Windfall Invalidates Pension Reform Excuses

May 24, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Bills on wetland use, forest property tax breaks … more

May 17, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Deer hunting, "excess" property tax and Medicaid … more

Commentary: Medicaid Expansion Wrong Even with Reforms

Obamacare vulnerable; there's a better way. … more

Fla. Medicaid: Governor Proposes, House Disposes

Obamacare expansion wilts in Sunshine State. … more

May 3, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

Will Michigan Legislators Add to National Debt?

They will, by $22 billion, if they approve Medicaid expansion. … more

Stop Giving Tax Dollars to Hollywood

Corporate welfare for movies is "economically foolish." … more

April 26, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

EITC 'Improper Payments' Costing Taxpayers

One more reason Michigan should drop program. … more

Ryan to States: Don't Bet on Obama Medicaid Money

Congressman says both parties would break promise. … more

April 19, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

April 12, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

Trust Not in Obamacare Medicaid Promises

Check to states may not be in the mail. … more

Medicaid Expansion Bad Bet for Michigan Taxpayers

April 5, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

March 29, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

I’m Just a Bill

March 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Tax-and-Spend Interests Pushing Medicaid Expansion

Contradictory "bond rating" alert the latest twist. … more

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a Budget Trap

Other states' records shows projections were far too low. … more

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a 'Roach Motel?'

States can check in but they can't leave. … more

March 15, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion Costs Michigan Taxpayers

Heritage reports $1.3 billion. … more

March 8, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion: The Decisive Obamacare Battle

Enlarging Medicaid is critical to Obamacare's survival. … more

Legislators Chip Away at Proposal A Property Tax Limits

Cumulative Weekly Roll Call Reports 2013

February 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Questions About Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Too many unanswered questions, unforseen consequences. … more

February 8, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Newly introduced Labor Policy bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion: Beware of Obamacare 'Gifts'

If it sounds to good to be true ... … more

Choice Between Two Tax Hikes No Choice At All

Lawmakers need different approach for road funding. … more

Just Say 'No' to Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Bad for the state budget, bad for the Constitution. … more

February 1, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

A focus on transportation funding. … more

January 25, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

A focus on firearms legislation. … more

January 18, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Compilation of significant bills before voting. … more

Collapse of Higher-Ed Bubble Draws Near

Michigan legislators, colleges unprepared for paradigm shift. … more

January 11, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Introduction of new legislators! … more

Government ‘Authorities’ Run Amok

Politicians Playing Games and Fooling Their Constituents