Jack Spencer was Capitol Affairs Specialist for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, from 2011 to 2016. Spencer is a veteran Lansing-based journalist who worked 13 years at the Michigan Information & Research Service.

Unions are Super PACS

Legislation Would Prevent State From Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid

Bill Would Fine 'Aggressive' Panhandlers

Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales

State Officials Lose Official Representation in Flint Water Lawsuit

Marquette County Takes on EPA

New Bills Would Put Teeth Into Ignored Teacher Strike Law

Your Tax Return Fundraises For These Nonprofits

Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed

Bills Would Repeal Legislators', Governor's Open Records Law Exemptions

Big Turnout, Crossover Voters May Spice Up Michigan's Presidential Primary

House May Push Back Against Snyder's Detroit School Plan

Senate Acts, House Dallies on Pension Spiking and Union Release Time Bills

Bills Impose Accountability on Powerful Historic Districts

Removing Someone Else's Dog Collar Could Mean Jail Time

Group Seeks to Press Tesla Sales Issue in Lansing

Republican Senators Propose Sales Tax Increase for Roads

Pity the Pollsters: Cellphones Complicate Fraught Process

Detroit District Teachers Stage Sickout; Charter Teachers Go to Work

Ratepayers vs. Monopoly: How Will Next Utilities Commissioner Rule?

Michigan Voters Will Now Have to Select Their Politicians Individually

Political Reasons, Not Economic Ones, Keep Corporate Welfare Agency Alive

Power to the People: 2015 Brought Some Key Reforms to Michigan

Michigan Gave Away Tens of Millions for Little in Return

Gov. Snyder Signs Bill That Makes 'Guilty Mind' Necessary For Convictions

Global Warmist Media Thought Police

Flimsy Job Projections Used to Promote Selective Business Tax Breaks

There They Go Again: Liberals Claim Bogus Education Funding Cuts

Business Group, Utilities, Clash Over Rate Hikes, Electric Choice

Benefits of Switch Data Center Likely to be Exaggerated, Unverified

Amendment to Balance the Federal Budget May Die in GOP House Committee

Was President Eisenhower Prescient on Global Warming Alarmists?

Michigan-Based Data Center Opposes Special Treatment for New Competitor

Thanksgiving Dinner More Expensive for Michiganders Than Surrounding States

Former Energy Regulator Says Bill Would Establish Energy Monopoly

Let's Make a (Special) Deal: Legislators Can't Shake the Habit

Proposal Would Let Special Needs Children Attend Private School with Public Money

Other States Divulge What Michigan's Corporate Welfare Arm Keeps Secret

How Media Bias Works

'Union Time on Taxpayers' Dime' Bills Fate Uncertain in GOP House

As Congress Fumbles Overcriminalization Reform, Burden Lands on States

School Districts' Finances Can Plead the Fifth After So Many Years Under Bill

Energy Laws are Next on the Agenda of State Lawmakers

Headaches of Road Funding and Courser-Gamrat Scandal Now Blowing In the Wind

Guilty! Of Something No One Knows Is Illegal

If At First You Don't Succeed, Sign and Sign Again

MEDC's Magic Act: Make Taxpayer Money Disappear With Little Return

Michigan Road Spending Near an All-Time High

How You Can Win in Court Against the Government But Still Lose

Interview with Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz

Ohio Moves Closer to No More Windmills

How the Michigan House Pays For Roads

Spring Forward, Fall Back? Bills Would End Daylight Saving in Michigan

Bill Would Ban Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid

D.C. Schools Spending Highest in U.S., But Firm Claims It’s 'Inadequate'

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms Head to the Governor

Michigan's Wind Energy Mandate Costs Each Family Nearly $4,000

Voters in 2016 May Face Eight Ballot Proposals

Firm Picked to Evaluate Education Funding Has Long History of Recommending Spending Hikes

Emails Show Shaky Grounds for Corporate Welfare Agency’s Transparency Shutdown

Cutting Michigan's Income Tax Would Also Lessen Corporate Welfare Burden

How You Can Be Prosecuted For Unknowingly Breaking the Law

U.S. Chamber Official on Obama Clean Power Plan: 'There Will Be Lawsuits'

MEA Ordered to Stop Violating School Employees’ Right-to-Work Law Rights

Bye-bye Prevailing Wage Law? Repeal Campaign Turns In 390,000 Signatures

Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?

Every Judge Costs Michigan Taxpayers $450K

Renewables Just a Hood Ornament on Fossil Fuel Power System

The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide

No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates

Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student

Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists

State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income

Measures Would Ban Steve Cook-Style Schemes

State Gives Billions in Dollars to Corporations – But Keeps Secret How Much They Get

Let Legislators Take a Vacation

Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling

State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work

Paid Leave Mandate Raises Stakes in 'Punitive' Move Against Employers

Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise

Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads

Sen. Nofs: Bills Won't Eliminate 'Electric Choice'

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy

U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA

That's a Wrap! Film Subsidies Terminated

Great Lakes Water Levels At High-Level Marks

Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies

House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans

Measure Would Open Doors To University Board Meetings

Most Michigan Teachers Leave Before Qualifying For a Pension

Should Government Set Prices for Reselling Tickets?

EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park

SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended

MEA Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements

Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want

Sen. Gary Peters Wants Higher Minimum Wage — Except for His Unpaid Interns

House Road Plan Leaves Plenty of Money for Pure Michigan Campaign

Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government

Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?

Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'