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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.

Michigan Job Growth Higher Than Initially Reported

Pension Costs Mean Tighter Budgets For Classrooms, Taxpayers

Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions in Other Funds

Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Inaccurate Claim About Education Spending

The $2 Billion Education Funding Myth

Reality Check: Michigan Public Schools Getting More Money For Fewer Students

Michigan Auto Jobs On the Rebound Thanks to 'Leaner and Meaner' Manufacturers

Mismanagement Often to Blame for School District Financial Troubles

Cities Take Snow Emergencies To New Restrictive Level

Record Profits for Warner Bros. Doesn't Stop State From Giving Company Huge Subsidy

Michigan Among the Leaders In Job Growth

Superintendent Makes False Claim About Her Salary, Benefits

While Salaries Decline, Total Cost For Michigan Teachers Increasing

Despite Claim, Tax Cuts Have Not 'Overwhelmed' Michigan

Charter Schools Serve More Low-Income Students Than Conventional Districts

A Closer Look At Teacher Salaries In Michigan

Constitutional Convention Delegates Wanted State Worker Pensions To Be Fully Funded

Dire Predictions for School District Deficits Doesn't Materialize

Sun Sets on Another Cop Drama Shot In Detroit; Taxpayers Lose More Money

Michigan Union Invokes Slavery in Argument Against Right-to-Work Law

Michigan Schools Promoting Large Number Of Students Who Cannot Read

Contrary to Report, Charter Schools Get Less Money Per Pupil Than Conventional Schools

Almost 220,000 Michigan Public School Students Rely On School Choice

Results — Not Dollars Spent — Matter For Parents Choosing Schools For Their Students

Despite Fewer Students, Michigan School Funding Going Up, Up, Up

Union Fighting For $10K Severance For Teacher Who Pleaded Guilty to Molesting a Student

Conservative Budgeting Helps Some Teachers Get Cash Back

Political Views Populate Website MEA Official Helped Create

Man-made Global Warming Discussions Heating Up in Michigan

Insults, Profanity Pepper Lecture in EMU Sociology Class

Anti-GOP MSU Professor Will Be Back in the Classroom Next Semester

Legal Expert: Reopening School Union Contracts Makes Them Subject To Right-to-Work

Disrespect, Bullying Convinces Paraeducator That Union Not Interested in its Members

MEA Agency Fees Far Exceed Cost of Contract Negotiations

A Tale of Two Recessions

Legislators Vote To Continue Special Subsidy Program Without Knowing Whether It Works

State Still Downplaying Socioeconomic Status' Impact on School Rankings

Prohibition Era Rules Prevent Michigan Bars From Having Glasses or Napkins With Logos

Teacher Who Never Wanted Union Representation Still Forced To Be A Member

Union Prez: Average Detroit High School Student Missed 46 Days of School Last Year

Detroit Teachers Union Gives Members Freedom MEA Doesn’t

Teacher Got Plenty of Info About Paying Union Dues, Nothing About Opting Out of the MEA

MEDC Boss Says Agency Changing; Has Long History of Backing Bad Companies

MEA Charging Members Extra To Cover Retirement Liabilities For Union's Employees

Union Threatens Hall of Fame Coach With Legal Action For Not Paying Dues

MEA Says 1 Percent of Teachers Have Left Union, But Claim is Questionable

'Secretive Obama Administration' Official to Kick Off Event on Transparency

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