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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.

Court Rules School Districts Cannot Use Public Resources to Withhold Union Dues

Students Shut Out of School After District, Union Agree to Unrealistic Contract

Taxpayer Funded Films Flop With Viewers

Michigan School Districts In Perpetual 'Funding Crisis'

Democrat Contradictions: Corporate Tax Breaks Bad, But Incentives for Hollywood Good

Another Film Subsidy Failure

Riches-to-Rags Story Developing For Movie Operations in Michigan

Gambling With Welfare Money: Investigation Finds $87K From Bridge Cards Spent In Casino

State Has Weak History of Punishing School Campaign Finance Law Violators

Economists: Business Tax Reform Helping, Not Hurting, Michigan

MichiganVotes: Bill Would Allow Community Colleges To Offer Some Bachelor Degrees

Reopening Union Contracts Could Free Workers

Dozens of School Districts Consider All Teachers the Same

Seniority No Longer Supreme For Teacher Recalls

MSNBC Host Who Said Kids Belong To Community Also Says Education Funding Desperately Inadequate

State Government Has Poor Record Predicting Jobs

Fiscal Problems Not Stopping Flint From Pursuing $2.4M Hydrogen Bus

Is the Problem In Detroit Really A Lack Of Revenue?

State Economic Development Group Has Little To Do With Job Success

County's Rush to Approve New Union Contracts Could Prove Futile

Kroger Reaches Deal With Union Postponing Right-to-Work Law

Bill Would Help Stop 'National Effort' Mandating Paid Work Leave

Hollywood Transforms Itself to Milk Multiple States for Movie Money

Michigan 'Green' Jobs Declining

CMU, Ferris State Protecting Worker Rights

Multiple School Districts Breaking the Law On Transparency

Teacher Says She Qualifies For Food Stamps; School Salary Schedule Suggests Otherwise

Public Employee Pension Systems Raided To Pay Film Studio Bills

Big Hollywood Bailout: Taxpayers Spent Nearly $40 Million To Subsidize Disney's 'Oz'

Despite Rhetoric, United States Outsourced Less Than 3,000 Jobs In 2012

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Teachers' Rights

Charter School Superintendent Makes Over $339K A Year

Proposed Law Would Prevent Unemployment Benefits For Certain Drug Users

High-Priced Bus Drivers In Lansing

House Rep Wants To Force Homeschool Parents to Report Attendance to The State

Taylor School Board Approves Contract Forcing Teachers To Pay Union

LG Chem: A Look Back At the Failed Predictions

State Board of Education President Complains Of 'Right-Wing' Agenda

Average Michigan Government Employee Compensation Exceeds Six Figures For The First Time

Slight Reduction In Education Funding Did Not Lead To Doomsday Predictions

Charter Public Schools Give Detroit Schoolchildren Hope

Michigan Teachers Rank No. 2 For Salary

School District Late To Make Changes

Right-to-Work States Gain Union Members While Other States Lose Hundreds of Thousands

$100K Teachers? For Some Educators, Unions Are Standing In the Way

School District Reaches Five-Year Contract Preventing Teachers From Leaving the Union

School Union Proposes 9-Year Contract To Prevent Members From Exercising Right To Not Pay Dues

University Union Wants Contract Through 2023 To Avoid Right-to-Work Law

Employees In Right-to-Work States Are Richer

Michigan Lost 42,000 Union Members Last Year

Is Right-to-Work Racist?

Government Workers Average Twice As Many Sick Days Per Year As Private-Sector Employees

Union Will Use 'Any Legal Means' to Combat Members Who Want to Leave

Proposed Michigan Law Would Protect Gun Owners

State Hired More Employees To Administer SEIU 'Dues Skim' Than Oversee Right-to-Work Law

MEA Memo Outlines Regrets and Possible Ways To Fight Right-to-Work Law

Michigan Poorer Than Average Of Right-to-Work States

Activist Group Claims Government Subsidized Green Energy Projects Are Worthwhile

Despite Popular Thinking, Michigan Economy Is Not Determined By Automotive Industry

MEA Spends More On Salaries, Benefits Than Member Representation

Status Quo School Defenders: Money For Me, But Bad For Thee

School Officials Using Technology For Advocacy

District's Millage Urgency Claims Don't Match Facts

Administrator Group Rails Against Education 'Profiteers;' Makes Millions Off Schools

Union Leaders On Right-to-Work Law: 'There Is Going To Be Retribution'

School Official Apologizes For Calling State Reps 'Moron' And 'Mental Midget'

Superintendents Spread Inaccurate Information on Education Reform Bills

Superintendent Calls GOP Reps 'Moron' and 'Mental Midget' In Right-to-Work Debate

Superintendents Falsely Claim Charter Schools Shortchange Poor Children

'Real Jobs' vs. 'Job Announcements' In Right-to-Work Debate

Public Schools: 'Profit' Bad For Others, Good For Us

Analyst: Income Argument Against Right-To-Work Legislation Isn't Valid

Districts Use Taxpayer Resources To Oppose Education Bills

Debate on Eduation Bills Focuses On Choice

Education Choice For Students, Parents Won't Destroy Communities, Schools

Media Plays Into 'Unfounded Hysteria' Over School Reforms

A123 Logs Its Own List of Failures

City Wants Drunk Drivers To Pay Police Costs

State Board of Education President Makes False Voucher Claims

Hefty School Employee Pensions Burden State Taxpayers

Fiscal Cliff Could Hit Michigan Hard

Red Dawn Finally Rising In Michigan

Failing School Ranks Every Teacher and Principal 'Highly Effective'

Failing Schools Able to Mark Themselves Up to a Passing Grade

Michigan Home to Half of the Largest Bankrupt Green Energy Companies

District Used $1.7M in Tax Dollars Paying Employees Not To Take Insurance

Voters Reject Special Interest Power Plays

Tea Party Groups Predicting a Romney Victory

Media Resoundingly Rejects Prop 2, Prop 4

No Teacher Evaluations On Halloween ... And Other Odd Union Contract Provisions

Advocacy Alleged In School District Bond Promotion

Arc Michigan Exec's Name-Calling Goes Against Group's Own Pledge

Freep Editorial Page Editor Not Going to be Bullied by Prop 2 Supporters

University of Michigan Hosts 'Non-Partisan' Event: 'The Republican War On Women'

Government Assistance Abounds, But Not For Your Water Bill

Study: Most School Districts Violating Merit Pay Law