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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.

Legislative Reforms in 2013 Leave Much to be Desired

Happy Anniversary Proposal A

Not Pretty: 2013 Legislative Roundup

Revolving Door Crony Capitalism Spins Washington and Lansing

A Legislative Agenda for 2014

Don’t Raise Campaign Contribution Limits — Eliminate Them

Why Detroit's Pension Funds Failed

Commentary: House GOP Leadership's Obamacare Flip-Flop

Commentary: Unions Cry Crocodile Tears Over Municipal Pensions

How Obamacare Is Vulnerable

Let us count the ways … more

The Un-Affordable Care Act

Michigan Republicans Go Wobbly on Obamacare

Commentary: State Budget Windfall Invalidates Pension Reform Excuses

Medicaid Expansion Bad Bet for Michigan Taxpayers

I’m Just a Bill

Legislators Chip Away at Proposal A Property Tax Limits

Cumulative Weekly Roll Call Reports 2013

Government ‘Authorities’ Run Amok

Politicians Playing Games and Fooling Their Constituents

Election RECAP

Michigan House 'Just Says No' to State Obamacare Exchange

Beware Doubling-Down on Municipal Pension Dysfunctions

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

Commentary: Health Care Exchange Issue Won't Go Away

Commentary: House GOP Still Flailing Around on Pension Reform

Commentary: Politician 'Ambushes' Transparency Reform Group, Gets 'Counter-Ambushed'

Commentary: Legislators Choose School Employees Over Taxpayers on Retirement Benefit Reform

Commentary: Low-Balled School Pension Contributions Kick Taxpayers in the Teeth

They've been low-balled for too many years. … more

Commentary: A Plan to End ObamaCare — and the Current Health Care Status Quo

Commentary: Mixed Messages on Prison Spending

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

Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming To Michigan?

Small Business Survey: Obamacare Already Killing Jobs

Grassroots Obamacare Hearing: The People Speak

Strong Support for Right-to-Work Measures in the Michigan Legislature

Republican State Senate Sits on Union Reform Bills

Obamacare Exchange Money Stripped From Appropriation Bill

Michigan Senate Revives Corporate Welfare Scheme Governor Vowed to End

Commentary: Obamacare Arrives

Commentary: MEA Shock! Mackinac Center and FDR Agree — Ban Government Collective Bargaining

Ideas to Fix Michigan: Refresher Course

Detroit Bridge: Political Patronage, or Power to the People?

Arkansas Dem Governor Says 'No' to Obamacare Exchange Grant; Michigan Administration Says 'Yes'

Gov. Snyder’s 'Exchange' an Obamacare Trojan Horse?

Gov. Rick Snyder is using the reassuring language of a limited health insurance exchange favored by the conservative Heritage Foundation, but his administration working to create a full blown Obamacare exchange. … more

Mich. GOP Lawmakers More Intimidated by Government Unions?

Medicaid - the Monster that Ate Michigan's Budget

Michigan Creeps Closer to Obamacare 'Exchange'

Commentary: How Unions Run Government … And Democrats

Affirmative Action for Ineffective Teachers

'Ryan Budget' A Litmus Test for Michigan Politicians

State Spending From State Sources Going Up Next Year

Commentary: A Sad Day for Michigan School Union Bosses

GOP Politicians Love the Spending, Reserve Right to Criticize the Revenue

House Tries, GOP Senate Denies, Prevention of Poor-Teacher 'Rubber Rooms'

Health Care Compact Shifts Choices from D.C. to Michigan

Commentary: Legislative Republicans Get Rolled by Unions on Binding Arbitration

School Earmark Proposal: California Here We Come?

Commentary: Liquor Distribution Monopolies Rob Consumers, Taxpayers and Job Providers

Commentary: Government Collective Bargaining Inherently Corrupting, Should Be Outlawed

Political Careerists Threaten Freedom, Prosperity

Detroit Pols: No Political Loot, No Bridge

Health Care Compact Shifts Choices from D.C. to Michigan

Gov. Snyder vs. the Political Careerists

'MEA Republicans' Grind Down Tea Party Reformers

State Debt Alert! Beware Massive Borrowing Disguised As “Lottery Privatization”

Beware Legislators Posturing on 20 Percent Co-pay Proposal

Commentary: What's the Deal With K-zoo Transit Tax Bills?

Legislature’s Early-Out Deal: New Government Retirees 21, Taxpayers 3

Cost to Replace Lost Jobs with Michigan Film Subsidies: $39.4 Billion

Tea Partiers Counter-Protest Government Union 'Lobby Day'

Analysis: Michigan Obamacare Implementation Now Illegal

Analysis: Follow the Money - No Wonder Corporate Welfare Bosses So Defensive

Michigan's 'Green Energy' Jobs Total: 315

What the Tea Party Is, Is Not, and its 'Core Competence'

Analysis: Transit Nonsense + State Health Care Rationing = Really Bad Policy (Roll Call Votes)

Analysis: Transit Nonsense + State Health Care Rationing = Really Bad Policy

Mutual Honor Society

"Green Energy" Subsidy Factory — not just Cap & Trade — the Real Test for GOP Energy Chair

Weekly MichiganVotes.org Roll Call Vote Report

Sen. Switalski: Don't Ban Double-Dating

Michigan Legislature Class of 2011 86 Percent 'Political Careerists'

Analysis: Renewable Electricity 'Net Metering' Capacity: 1/28,000 of Michigan’s Total Needs

Analysis: Good News on Natural Gas Threatened by Regulatory Overreach

88 Percent of New 2011 Legislators 'Political Careerists'

MEA Republicans