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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.

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

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