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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.

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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

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Hypocritical Outrage Over Conventional Schools Closed Versus Charter Public Schools

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Teacher Union President Continues Misrepresentation of School Aid Facts

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Economy Inundated With Part-Time Workers

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State Education Spending Still Increasing While Serving Fewer Students

Ann Arbor Students and Parents Take Cuts While Teachers Get Raises

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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

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State and Federal Regulations Burying Businesses

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Medicaid Expansion Bill Heads to the House

Michigan House Republicans Buckle on Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

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Increased School Funding Did Not Slow Districts In Deficit

Gov. Snyder Calls On Obamacare Advocate No. 1

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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

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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