Ken Braun is the former managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, the Center's daily online news site and quarterly newsletter on state and local public policy. He also is the former director of MichiganTransparency.org and "Show Michigan the Money," the Mackinac Center's projects on government transparency. For the five years prior to his joining the Center in 2006, Braun was a chief of staff for a Michigan state representative. His primary policy tasks in that post involved tax and budget matters, but he worked extensively on a variety of other topics, including municipal water systems, telecommunications and ballot access for minor political parties. Braun also assisted in writing Op-Eds that were published in Michigan’s largest newspapers.

Prior to his work in the Legislature, Braun served as a campaign manager for a Michigan state legislator. He also worked in his family’s retail lighting business in Farmington Hills, Mich. Braun graduated in 1990 with a degree in international relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. 

Kalamazoo's Taxpayer Arena

Kalamazoo County wants taxpayers to help buy a new sports arena. … more

Senior Skip Day

Today in Lansing: What state capitol demonstrations are a legitimate use of a school's resources and students and which are not? … more

Recall Reversal of Fortune

Recalls aren't used only by the small government side. … more

The State Budget: Why the Wait?

There's worse things than a state budget that gets done late. Consider what happened when they got it done on time. … more

Home Sweet Dome

The Silverdome is for sale because Pontiac can't afford to keep it. Michigan lawmakers think other cities need stadiums too. … more

Michigan K-12: Below Average Income, Above Average Costs?

Can Michigan, a poorer-than-average state, continue to support teachers that are paid more than average? The debate continues. … more

The MEA Money Tree

27 GOP Lawmakers got campaign money from the union that lobbies against the 3 percent reduction in the School Aid budget. … more

The Price We Pay

If Michigan's public schools were a business competing in the marketplace, would the 4th highest teacher salaries in the nation put them out of business? … more

House GOP K-12 Defectors Identified?

Update on K-12 budget vote as fiscal year deadline looms... … more

Big Labor Says: "NO CUTS!"

A big labor union is calling up its favorite Republicans and telling them not to cut the budget. … more