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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.

Union Tries to Shame Ex-Members

Detroit To Waive Old Fees On Property Sales

Beer Website Provides More Information About Taxpayer Investment Than The State

Who’s the Freeloader? MEA Spends More On Benefits Than Bargaining

Exodus From Michigan Is Slowing

Michigan Residents Doing Better Financially

Feds Take Money But Pass On the Job of Disposing Nuclear Waste

Media Reports Mass Teacher Layoffs; Follow-Up Shows Stories Lacked Substance

Michigan's Increased Unemployment Rate the Result of Growing Labor Force

Ann Arbor Considers Cutting Lucrative Fossil Fuel Stocks From Underfunded Pension Plan

High Taxes Make Cigarettes 'Gold Bars' For Thieves

Road Funding Finds New Target With Horse-Drawn Vehicles

Community College Labor Studies Class Features Nearly All Union Perspective

Union Graphic Leaves Out Billions of Public Dollars To Claim Education 'Cuts'

Despite Union Leader Complaints, Michigan Exports Exploding

State Agency Approves Subsidy Deals Despite Repeated Shortcomings

State Taxpayers Pay For Journalists to Go on Golf Course Tours

'Special Interest' Campaign Rhetoric Doesn't Match With Reality

MSU English Professor Threatens Students in Anti-Republican Rant

Union Executive Calls Most Member Grievances 'Frivolous'

Right-to-Work States Attracting More Citizens, Wealth

At Least 90 School Contracts Expire This Month, Allowing Teachers To Leave Union

Detroit Dishes Out Excessive Taxes, Fees To Business Owners

Lawsuit Filed Against Teamsters For Extra Fee Imposed On Right-to-Work Employees

School District Links Retiree Benefits Funding To Salary Schedule

Charter School Results Proving ACLU Lawsuit Wrong

Union Rewards Teachers With Days Off For Giving Money To Union PAC

'Low Winter Sun' Buzz Ignores Taxpayer Subsidies

MEA President Goes After Local Teachers' Union President

School District Sees Success Through Merit Pay

Hypocritical Outrage Over Conventional Schools Closed Versus Charter Public Schools

Dissolved School District Repeatedly Overspent Despite Deficits

School District Settles Lawsuit Over School Supplies Fees

How Much Has the Detroit Police Force Really Been Cut?

State School Consolidation Plan Comes Under Fire

Teacher Union President Continues Misrepresentation of School Aid Facts

School Districts Cannot Require Parents To Buy School Supplies

Economy Inundated With Part-Time Workers

District Dumps Union Insurance, Saves $450K and Pays 100% of Health Care

State Education Spending Still Increasing While Serving Fewer Students

Ann Arbor Students and Parents Take Cuts While Teachers Get Raises

Job Numbers Vary Widely for Taxpayer Funded Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems

Lawsuit Against Decade-Long Union Dues Clause Suffers Setback

Snyder Administration Pushing To Distance Medicaid Expansion From Obamacare

Union Pay Scale Ignores Exceptional Teachers

Michigan Radio Doubles Down on 'Anemic' Job Growth Claim

MEA Demands Immediate Health Insurance Payment From School District In Serious Debt

Legislator, Union Want Tenured Teachers From Dissolved Districts Hired First In Other Schools

Despite Media Claims, Michigan Among Highest Job Growth States

State and Federal Regulations Burying Businesses

Public School Pension System Totally Broken

State 'Teacher of the Year' Finalist Given Middle-of-the-Pack Pay

Government Report Shows Film Jobs Stagnant Despite Incentives

Misplaced Blame for Albion Schools Problems

Majority of Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Are In Right-to-Work States

MEA Ignores Socioeconomic Status In Claiming Public Charter School is 'Failing'

Medicaid Expansion Bill Heads to the House

Michigan House Republicans Buckle on Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Union Salary Schedule Ensures State 'Teacher of the Year' Earns Near Bottom In Pay

Increased School Funding Did Not Slow Districts In Deficit

Gov. Snyder Calls On Obamacare Advocate No. 1

Democratic Strategist Calls Charter School Official 'The Human Herpes Virus'

Government Entities Stymie FOIA Requests To Hide Information

School Official Uses Social Media To Attack Policy Makers Again

School District Denies Teacher's Claim of Bias in Evaluations

No Free Lunch: $15 an Hour Fast Food Workers Would Lead to Lost Jobs

Loss of Funding Not To Blame For School District Failures

Commentary: IRS Scrutiny Hits Close to Home

Union President Blames State, School Officials for Problems at Buena Vista, Pontiac Schools

Some School Districts and Unions Embrace Right-to-Work

Survey: Teachers in Right-to-Work States Live Quite Comfortably

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