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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.

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