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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.

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