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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.

Profiles in Courage in Defense of Taxpayers

Cotter and Chatfield hold the line on cronyism … more

December 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Speed limits, corporate subsidies, ‘photo-cop,’ Israel and more … more

Bad Santa: Trump Risks Cronyist Blowout with Carrier Incentives

Draining the swamp by creating new ones … more

December 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Give taxpayer cash to developers; permissive regs for Uber; ban local bag bans and more … more

Friday, November 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Increase windmill mandates, authorize driverless vehicles, empower airport police … more

Friday, November 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Some key votes of the 2015-16 Legislature … more

Friday, October 28, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Gas tax increase, more college building debt, ‘culpable mental states,” liquor oligopoly and midwife licensure … more

State Health Policy Toolkit

10 reforms state lawmakers can implement now … more

October 21, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Ban gas chamber for pets; subsidies for hospitals and Flint businesses; authorize new school taxes; regulate drones; more … more

October 14, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Tax breaks for developers; allow school recreation tax; fee hikes; ban ‘cyber-revenge porn’ … more