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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.

April 4, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

March 28, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Votes on soccer, roadkill, nuke plants. … more

Medicaid Expansion Studies Weren't Trustworthy

Analysis reveals multiple flaws. … more

March 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

February 28, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

February 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda. … more

January 31, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

State Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare. … more

'Business Improvement Zones' = Property Taxes

If you doubt that, try not paying the "assessment." … more

January 24, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Commentary: Your Pledge for Detroit

Bailout scheme takes from other needs. … more

The Certificate of Need 'CON' Job

Regulation increases health care costs 11 percent. … more

Gov. Snyder Keeps Pace in State of the State

Bipartisan track record is to expand government. … more

January 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

January 10, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

December 13, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

December 6, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

November 22, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

November 15, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

November 8, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Don't Extend Granholm's 'Blown Away' Program

Legislators should demand accountability from MEDC. … more

November 1, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 25, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 18, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 11, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

October 4, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

September 27, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Media Ignoring Facts on Obamacare Rates

Preliminary analyis shows show sharp hikes. … more

September 20, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

September 13, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

September 6, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

Implementing Obamacare

MichiganVotes Roll Call Report … more

GOP's 'Collective Guilt' on Medicaid Expansion

What's to be gained by Republican lawmakers? … more

Hospitals: Careful What You Wish for on Medicaid

New research shows expansion could hurt providers. … more

August 16, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

August 9, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent legislative action … more

August 2, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Action on Obamacare Medicaid Expansion … more

July 26, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

July 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

July 12, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

July 5, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

Delay Strengthens 'No Medicaid Expansion' Case

Postponing mandate makes Obamacare more vulnerable … more

Hospital Lobby Driving Medicaid Expansion

Jack McHugh's Senate testimony on Obamacare. … more

Obamacare Medicaid: Facts, Figures, Background

What you don’t know can hurt you. … more

June 28, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

Stopping Medicaid Expansion In Its Tracks

Amendment makes bill match proponents' claims. … more

Medicaid Now a 'Reform-Proof' Entitlement

Are "healthy behavior" conditions on Social Security next? … more

June 14, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Votes on Medicaid and state budget … more

The Dirty Secret of GOP Obamacare Capitulation

Tea Party leader dissects Medicaid expansion. … more

Republican Ploy to Stop Medicaid Expansion?

Obamacare Capitulation at a Discount Price … more

Medicaid's Roach Motel Coming to Michigan?

Once we get in, we'll never get out. … more

June 7, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Votes on National Guard pensions, hunting licenses … more

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

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

April 26, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

EITC 'Improper Payments' Costing Taxpayers

One more reason Michigan should drop program. … more

Ryan to States: Don't Bet on Obama Medicaid Money

Congressman says both parties would break promise. … more

April 19, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

April 12, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

Trust Not in Obamacare Medicaid Promises

Check to states may not be in the mail. … more

April 5, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

March 29, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

March 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Tax-and-Spend Interests Pushing Medicaid Expansion

Contradictory "bond rating" alert the latest twist. … more

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a Budget Trap

Other states' records shows projections were far too low. … more

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a 'Roach Motel?'

States can check in but they can't leave. … more

March 15, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion Costs Michigan Taxpayers

Heritage reports $1.3 billion. … more

March 8, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion: The Decisive Obamacare Battle

Enlarging Medicaid is critical to Obamacare's survival. … more

February 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Questions About Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Too many unanswered questions, unforseen consequences. … more

February 8, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Newly introduced Labor Policy bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion: Beware of Obamacare 'Gifts'

If it sounds to good to be true ... … more

Choice Between Two Tax Hikes No Choice At All

Lawmakers need different approach for road funding. … more

Just Say 'No' to Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Bad for the state budget, bad for the Constitution. … more

February 1, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

A focus on transportation funding. … more

January 25, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

A focus on firearms legislation. … more

January 18, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Compilation of significant bills before voting. … more

Collapse of Higher-Ed Bubble Draws Near

Michigan legislators, colleges unprepared for paradigm shift. … more

January 11, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Introduction of new legislators! … more

December 21, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Detroit income taxes, privatized prisons and more! … more

Numbers Game

Media inflates number of protesters at anti-RTW rally. … more

December 14, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Right-to-work laws, Emergency Managers and more! … more

The Intellectual Firepower Against Right-to-Work

Who's who on right-to-work. … more

December 7, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Right-to-work roll calls, stadium subsidies and more. … more

Follow the Money

No wonder unions are agitated by right-to-work. … more

November 30, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Another GOP Gov. Refuses Obamacare Exchange

Arizona is out. Where does Michigan stand? … more

WSJ: Legislators as Obamacare 'Fall Guys'

Wall Street Journal sneers at idea of state exchange. … more

November 23, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

No State Obamacare Exchange Still Best Choice

"Partnership exchange" a blessing in disguise? … more