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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.

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Sometimes politicians actually get it. … more

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Grassroots Obamacare Hearing: The People Speak

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This waiting is no game. … more

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Obamacare Exchange Money Stripped From Appropriation Bill

A Genuinely Sensible Alternative to Light-Rail

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Michigan Senate Revives Corporate Welfare Scheme Governor Vowed to End

Medical Freedom Zones

Dysfunctional health care system can be fixed. … more

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The singular vision of government employee unions. … more

Commentary: Obamacare Arrives

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But vote for it. … more

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

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PPACA not "conservative," either. … more

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Are Republicans suffering from Stockholm syndrome? … more

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

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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

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Gov. Snyder says yes to same.
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Exchange supporters risk Obamacare "collaborationism." … more

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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

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