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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.

Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability … more

August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Recently introduced bills of interest … more

Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem … more

August 21, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Key road funding votes of 2015 … more

August 7, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Recently introduced bills of interest. … more

July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more … more

July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Proposals to repeal right-to-work, expand licensure mandates, more … more

'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal … more

July 17 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest … more

A Victory for Political Free Speech

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional … more