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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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Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'

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Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'

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National Teachers Union Boasts of Having 'Conservative' Members While Undermining Their Values

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Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach

Media Echo Chamber Repeats Same Misinformation on Road Funding

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State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program

U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees

New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers

Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions

Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession

Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

"Steve Cook" Bill Introduced After Cap Con Investigation

Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions

The Real Story About Highland Park Schools

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad

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Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions

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Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association

Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented

Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism

Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student

Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice

Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools

Second MEA President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension

As Obamacare is Implemented, Part-Time Jobs at All Time High

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Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay

Manufacturing Jobs Set to Surpass Government Jobs in Michigan for First Time in Years

Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union

State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples

Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion

There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan

Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want

Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools