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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.

$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

School Districts Value Best Teachers $1 More Than The Worst

School District's Costly Decisions Protect Union Interests

Spotty Track Record Doesn't Stop State Agency From Doling Out Deals

School District Allows Union, Employees To Exclude Material From FOIA Requests

Proposed Rear-view Camera Mandate Would Cost Up To $57.2 Million Per Life Saved

School Districts Dodging Health Care Cost Savings

Michigan Gives Unfair Tax Handouts To Try and Counter 'Right to Work' States

County Blocks Private Citizens From Purchasing Home; Buys The Property Itself

Scorecard: Congressman Kildee Among The Worst At Looking Out For Taxpayers

Education Funding Study Has Flawed Conclusion

Proposal 2 Would Cost Taxpayers $1.6 Billion Per Year, New Analysis Says

City Spends $8 Million on Theater — Sells It Eight Years Later for $135,000

Most of Michigan is 'Poor' or 'Marginal' For Wind Energy

School District Requiring Parents To Pay For Magazine Subscription May Be Breaking State Law

'They Are A Bureaucratic Machine That Got Out of Control'

BREAKING NEWS: Roscommon Teachers Vote to Decertify From MEA

Wind Turbine Answers Elusive

After Five Years Of Deficits, District Signed Contract Paying 100 Percent Of Health Care

Teachers Denied Freedom to Vote on Unionization

'Protect Our Jobs' Amendment Would End Binding Arbitration

Inkster Schools Wrongly Blames Previous Emergency Financial Manager for Its Deficit

Happy Birthday Indeed for Saginaw Fire Department Union Members

What's in a Number? Job Projections Inflated as 'Job Years'

Media Promotes Massively Inflated 'Green Jobs' Number Put Out by Ballot Proposal Supporters

Gov't Report: Wind Energy Needs Taxpayer Support To Survive

Environmental Group Exaggerates Number of Jobs 'Green' Energy Mandate Would Create

Does the United States Have The 'Smallest Government in 45 Years'?

Bill Would Require Parental Permission For Children To Be Taught By Ineffective Teachers

Michigan Charter Schools Closing While Failing Conventional Schools Stay Open

With Far Fewer Members, MEA Executives Among the Highest Paid In the Nation

MEDC Still Using Questionable Benchmarks

Michigan U.S. Rep. Introduces Bill to Ban Criminal Background Checks

Global Warming 'Skeptic' Never Really Was

School District Payroll Increases Despite Pay Cuts for Some

Michigan PTA President Says Top Spending Highland Park District Needs More Money

Flint Union Contracts A Major Reason For City's Financial Problems

Flint Residents' Incomes Drop While City Spending Increases

U-M President Praised as 'Rock Star' for Cutting Costs, Real Numbers Tell a Different Story

Survey Says ... School Union Contracts Contribute to Deficits

School District With Continual Deficits Still Handing Out Raises