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Tom Gantert

Senior Capitol Correspondent

Tom Gantert is senior capitol correspondent for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

When Gantert arrived at Capitol Confidential in February 2010, he already had extensive experience as a journalist, having worked for more than 20 years at Michigan daily newspapers, including The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Lansing State Journal and Ann Arbor News. Gantert also served a four-month stint at USA Today as part of a Gannett Corporation loaner program. In 2008, Gantert was The Ann Arbor News writer of the year, and in September 2009, he founded Reporting Michigan, a nonprofit news Web site.

Gantert holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. He has two sons and lives in Jackson, Mich.

Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent

State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program

U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees

New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers

Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions

Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession

Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

"Steve Cook" Bill Introduced After Cap Con Investigation

Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions

The Real Story About Highland Park Schools

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad

Teacher Evaluations in Michigan Public Schools: One Size Fits All

Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations

Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion

Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions

Teachers Union Presidents Extract Lucrative Benefits from Schools – For Themselves

District Doesn't Take Evaluations Seriously, Now Laying Off its Best Teachers

Successful Public School System Would Charge Tuition, Screen Applicants

Lansing Schools: MEA President Steve Cook's Deal Never Considered 'Long Term Thing'

Property Tax Revenue on the Rise

Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds

Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association

Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented

Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism

Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student

Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice

Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools

Second MEA President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension

As Obamacare is Implemented, Part-Time Jobs at All Time High

School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance

Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay

Manufacturing Jobs Set to Surpass Government Jobs in Michigan for First Time in Years

Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union

State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples

Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion

There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan

Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want

Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools

Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan

Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes

Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding

State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'

State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice

Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money

Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved

National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities

MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension

State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'

Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign

The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time

Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave

School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist

More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan

'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'

MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union

CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama

Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor

2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan

Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State

Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'

Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal

Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote

Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit

Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave

CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary

District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health

Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land

State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million

State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File

MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government

How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget

Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?

State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit

Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan

Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars

Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize

Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions

A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice

Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'

What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say

As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts

Despite GOP Dominance, Michigan Budget Keeps Growing by Billions

If Sales Tax is Passed, Michigan Would Have the Second Highest in the U.S.

In a Year Dominated by Stories of Strife, Republicans and Democrats Did Come Together in 2014

Taxpayer Cost for Road Fix 'Compromise' Went from $0 to $1.9 Billion

U-M Department Chair: 'It's Okay to Hate Republicans'

Media Promotes False Narrative that Schools Will Lose Money on Roads Package

Projections Show Schools Get More Even With Road Funding Shift

State School Board President Cites Funding 'Facts' That Ignore Billions in Spending

Union President Concedes Right-to-Work Lawsuit; Strikes Back Against Workers Who Left

'Uncompromised' Liberal Group Takes Big Money From Teachers Union

Outgoing NEA Union President Gets $123,000 Raise; Membership Falls 40,700

MEA Executives Take Big Pay Raises While Liabilities Continue to Grow

As Michigan Economy Recovers, State Collects More Taxes

How Much is Too Much to Pick the State's Chief Executive?

Did 'Republican Budget Cuts' Lead to a $51.7 Million Deficit and No Toilet Paper in Schools?