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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 9, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Key Word Missing from Prop 2: Mandatory

Would establish government unions as "fourth branch." … more

October 26, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Michigan Governed by 'Political Careerists'

How much real-world experience do MI legislators have? … more

October 19, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Legislators Propose More Corporate Welfare

Picking winners and losers; mostly losers.  … more

Collective Bargaining a 'Right' to Coerce

Prop 2 would benefit the few at the expense of the many. … more

About Those Judicial Candidates

Voters have to do their homework to learn about judges. … more

October 12, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

More Windmill-Related Environmental Concerns

"We're picking up 10 bats for every bird." … more

'Concerned Scientists' Not Very Scientific

Group responds to critique with logical fallacy. … more

October 5, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on internet crime and Pure Michigan license plates! … more

September 28, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on deer hunting and used cars! … more

Wind Subsidies Upon Mandates Upon Subsidies

Maybe politicians should just let the market sort it out. … more

Who Is Rep. Ken Yonker?

MichiganVotes.org can provide detailed voting records. … more

September 21, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on concussion "time outs" and home improvements! … more

September 14, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on Facebook and the Pledge of Allegiance! … more

August 24, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Summer session votes round-up! … more

Gov. Snyder's Obamacare 'Partnership' Misguided

Law's implementation timetables beyond unrealistic. … more

August 17, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Important House and Senate votes on school pensions! … more

GOP Fumbles: On Verge of Giving MEA Huge Pension Win

On the verge of giving MEA a huge pension reform win. … more

August 10, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on charter schools and green energy! … more

Michigan Legislators vs. Liberty and Human Flourishing

According to MichiganVotes.org, the legislators are winning. … more

Beware Doubling-Down on Municipal Pension Dysfunctions

August 3, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on health care and government pensions! … more

Poll: Voters Support Senate Pension Reform

Moving school employees to 401(k)s draws favor. … more

Affordable HSA Insurance Growing

Despite threats from Obamacare. … more

July 27, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on pension double-dipping and minimum wage! … more

July 20, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on school debt and foreclosure lawsuits! … more

Official Calls Obamacare Implementation “A Mess”

Wisconsin, Virginia ask crucial questions about Obamacare. … more

July 13, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent bill proposals while Legislature is in summer recess. … more

Governor's Letter Reveals Obamacare Drowning

"Bureaucratic hubris and overreach" of law exposed. … more

Top 5 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare

The Heritage Foundation provides list in policy brief.  … more

House GOP, Pension Officials Scheme to Dupe Investors

Big investors no longer trust government credit ratings. … more

July 6, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent bill proposals while Legislature is in summer recess. … more

Commentary: Two Reforms to Really Fix Health Care

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