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Tom Gantert

Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential

Tom Gantert is Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

When Gantert arrived at Capitol Confidential as Senior Capitol Correspondent 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.

Teacher Wears Pizza Uniform From Second Job To Protest Pay

Did You Know? Post-Water Crisis, Fed and State Money Pours Into Flint

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Michigan Teachers Are the Nation’s Highest Paid

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National Park Service Spends $506k to Promote Old Cars

Michigan Democrats Vote to Give Detroit Schools Money for Students Who Don't Go There

Study Suggests Segregation Hurting Battle Creek Schools’ Budget

Michigan Public School Enrollment Down 25 Percent Since 1978

Zero Dollars For Michigan Infrastructure? Only If $4 Billion For Transportation Not Counted

Schools in Poorer Towns ‘Poorly Funded’ — If You Don't Count All Their Funding

Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote

28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time

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Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District

Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements

The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension

It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant

Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes

Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies

Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously

Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant

State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole

If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?

Property Tax Bills May Spike Due To School Pension Underfunding

School Claims Its Tax Hike Emails Don't Invade Privacy - but Opponent's Would

State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets

Money For Nothing: Best Teachers’ Pay Stagnates While ‘Ineffectives’ Get Raise

Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills

Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay

Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'

Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District

The Best-Paying Public School Districts In Michigan

Affluent School Districts Benefit From Expanded State 'At Risk' Spending

Schools' Double Whammy: Declining Enrollment, Soaring Pension Expense

Detroit Redefines 'Annual' To Take Much Bigger Income Tax Bite From Pro Athletes

These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers

$28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That

Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet

Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay

How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level

State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them

Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions

Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row

Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers

Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay

'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know

Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings

After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?

DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances

State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis

Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers

The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay

Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan

Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf

In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division

U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic

Fill 'er Up: Michigan Gas Tax Goes Up 7.3 Cents On Sunday

Bullying Failed, So Teachers Union May Try Honey To Attract Dues Payments

Detroit Schools Implosion Stumps Parents – And City Makes It Worse

Not The Legacy He Imagined? U.S. Oil Production Up 80 Percent Under Obama

For First Time Ever, Fewer Michigan Charter Schools

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Overcrowded? Typical Class Size in Detroit is 22 Kids

Detroit’s Anti-Charter Interests Are the Real Big Political Spenders

Detroit Teachers' Pay Frozen, But Union Officials Get Big Raises

National News Site Attacks DeVos By Citing Questionable School Choice 'Ally'

State and Federal Money Pouring In To Post-Bailout Detroit School District

Dearborn School Superintendents And Budget Tales

'Photo Cops' Could Write Automated Tickets to Generate Money for Detroit Public Schools

MSU Bans Smoking on Campus But Reports No Violations

Pew Trust: State Pension Managers Failed Even To Meet Own Funding Estimates

Soaring Pension Costs Breaking School Budgets, Crimping Teacher Pay

Experts: Michigan Senate's Utility Bill Shackles State To Obama EPA Overreach

Teacher Pay Flat at Insolvent Detroit Schools, But Union President's Pay Doubles

Despite Union Claims, School Pension System is in Trouble

MPSERS, unfunded liability … more

Chamber: Concern Lansing Abatement Proposal Could Have 'Unintended Consequences'

corporate welfare, … more

Safe Space? Ann Arbor Landmark Painted With 'Kill em All' After Trump Victory

State Gave Biofuel Company Millions for Unbuilt Plant

Rising Pension Costs Bury Michigan Schools Despite Past Tweaks to System

Wayne County Schools’ Tax Hike Sponsors Paint False Picture With ‘Factual Information'

Media Loves Corporate Welfare Stories, But Silent When Jobs Go Bust

WikiLeaks: Granholm's Obama Job Application Oversold Clean Energy Jobs

Michigan High School Grad Rate Up as Detroit Schools Increases 30 Percent

State Spending Up and Up, But Spending Interests Cry Poverty

EPA Expands Power by Calling Plowed Farm Fields 'Mini Mountain Ranges'

Got a Permit for That Garage Sale?

Rumors of Unions' Post-Right-to-Work Death Exaggerated

Union Sloppiness Costs Teacher Thousands in Lost Pay, Blames Mythical ‘Funding Cuts’

Researchers: Having More College Grads Around Doesn't Mean Less-Educated Workers Earn More

Michigan District Bans Homeschooled Girl From Homecoming Dance

Republican AG Rebuffs GOP Governor On Failed Detroit Schools: OK To Close Them

Sierra Club: No Gas, No Coal, No Nukes; Lansing Utility: No Lights, Then

Budget Gimmicks, Debt and Deficit Smokescreens Preceded Flint Lead Crisis

Before Flint’s Lead Crisis, City Council Raided Money from 'Water Fund'

Michigan Bill Legalizes March Madness and Fantasy Sports Bets

NAACP: Historical 13-Star Flag Associated With 'Racial Supremacy' Groups

School Superintendent: 13-Star 'Betsy Ross' Flag Injects 'Hostility' and 'Hate'

Bill Would Ban Ann Arbor's Ban on Young Adult Tobacco Sales

Post a Photo of Your Marked Ballot? You've Broken the Law