Michael Jahr works for a private philanthropic foundation, having earlier served as the Center's vice president for communications, a post he was promoted to in February 2011. He worked at the Center for approximately seven years.  

Jahr joined the Center’s staff in September 2005 as a communications specialist after 10 years in Washington, D.C., as communications director for a member of Congress. In that capacity, he served as the congressman’s spokesman and wrote Op-Eds, press releases and speeches. Prior to that, Jahr worked for a variety of media outlets, including National Geographic, The Ann Arbor News and a newswire covering the Middle East.

Jahr's work for the Center has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Detroit News and other news outlets. Jahr holds a degree in journalism from Eastern Michigan University. 

By Michael Jahr

Ballot Proposal to Exploit Disabled Medicaid Recipients

Union scheme protected by Constitutional amendment. … more

Pennies on the Dollar

SEIU paying employer to keep millions in illegal dues flowing. … more

Unions in Perpetuity

Can home health care aides really decertify their union? … more

Detroit Could Sell Off Assets to Avoid Insolvency

Center analyst recommended doing so 11 years ago. … more

Why We Shouldn't Revile Success

Reflections on Fred Meijer's death ... and life. … more

Remembering 9/11

Despite the fear, anger and disarray, Americans responded in their unique fashion. In contrast to those bent on horror and death, Americans exhibited extraordinary heroism, immeasurable kindness. Strangers helped one another at their own peril, hundreds of them making the ultimate sacrifice. … more

Reasons to Celebrate in Michigan

We have a few more reasons to celebrate with passion and verve this holiday weekend: Michigan is a little bit freer. … more

The Union, Not Day Care Providers, Is Getting the ‘Pay Cut’

What’s truly striking is that a union that was willing to take millions of dollars from the child care subsidy payments of “welfare-to-work” families is now expressing concern that children will be thrown into poverty. … more

Deals and Myths for Christmas

In his Dec. 14 nationally syndicated column, famed economist Thomas Sowell shared a list of books that would make good Christmas gifts. Two of them (which also happened to be the top two) were authored by Burton Folsom, the Mackinac Center senior fellow in economic education. … more

Analysis: Michael Moore Appears Ready to Take Film Subsidy for Anti-Subsidy Film

Michael Moore Appears Ready to Take Film Subsidy for Anti-Subsidy Film

The Traverse City Record-Eagle yesterday reported that filmmaker Michael Moore expects to receive between $650,000 and $1 million in state film subsidies for producing part of "Capitalism: A Love Story" in Michigan. … more

Michigan Tea Party Resources

Economy Contracts, Government Expands

Is Detroit’s economic plight a bellwether for the nation? “Detroitification,” a phrase coined by my colleague, Jack McHugh, is defined as the hollowing out of the private economy to prop up unsustainable (and often unresponsive) government establishments. Is this an apt description of Washington’s policies? … more

A Christmas Wish List for Michigan Policymakers

Advice From the Nanny State (Capitol Confidential)

A review and analysis of important state legislative policy issues that do not always receive attention from the general media. Michigan Capitol Confidential will make it easier to keep tabs on your elected representatives in Lansing. … more

Advice From the Nanny State (Viewpoint)

Advice From the Nanny State

State of Crisis

Long on Words, Short on Reform

Tax Increases Harmful to Michigan’s Health

The budget agreement that passed in the dead of night on Oct. 1 will raise taxes on Michigan residents, businesses and service providers to the tune of $1.358 billion for the coming fiscal year. … more

A Collective Bargaining Primer

Collective bargaining determines not only the quality and responsiveness of a school district’s teachers and support personnel, but the amount of money remaining to school board members to benefit the children under their care. Thus, while labor negotiations may sometimes feel remote from the process of helping children learn in the classroom, the results of this bargaining often affect a school board’s ability to implement educational policies.

This book is designed to assist school board members in understanding the basic principles and laws of collective bargaining, including some of the major substantive and procedural challenges facing Michigan school boards. In addition, the text is full of quotations from school board members and other education professionals concerning their experiences with collective bargaining and school employee unions. The combination of informational content and personal reflections provides new insights to school board members — and to policymakers, journalists and the general public, as well. … more

The Great Communicator

25 CCs of Adrenaline — 2005