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Jack Spencer

Capitol Affairs Specialist

Jack Spencer is Capitol affairs specialist for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Spencer is a veteran Lansing-based journalist who worked 13 years at the Michigan Information & Research Service.

Q&A With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors

State Agency Has 52 Employees Who Earn More Than $100K

'Deep Freeze' Adding Inches of Ice to Great Lakes Levels

Bill Would Open Up Competition In Michigan’s Electricity Market

Can Tea Parties Succeed Again?

Judge Upholds Right-to-Work Dodging Tactic

2013 In Review: Worker Freedom, Medicaid Expansion Took Center Stage

MEA Testimony: Lower K-12 Spending State Does Better Than Michigan

Absent MEA Action, State Could Step In

The Ghosts of Christmases Past

Change To How Schools Are Graded Held Up Until New Year

Energy Company At Odds With County Over Safety of Wind Turbines

Teamsters Union Backs Away From Discriminatory Practice

Stirring the Ashes: Outdoor Smoking Bill Rekindles Smoking Ban Debate

MEA Says Union Members Should Have Known About Limited Window to Leave

Land Bank Reform Bills In Holding Pattern

Legislator: Improving State's Grading System for Schools A Priority

Michigan Insurance Companies: It's Too Late To Reinstate Old Health Care Plans

Have a Happy Turkey Day

And be thankful. … more

At Times Legislation Just Disappears

Bill Would Allow Automatic Pay Increases For Public Safety Employees

Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency

Federal Judge: Michigan Renewable Energy Mandate Unconstitutional

Teachers To Lawmakers: 'MEA Wouldn't Tell Us How To Leave Union'

House Panel Likely to Approve FOIA Reforms

Bill Would Let Land Banks Buy Property Before The Public

Bipartisan Senate Panel To Investigate Possible MEA Right-to-Work Violations

Teachers Union Pushes Districts To Boycott Some University Students Over Politics

Michigan Wind Energy Report Generating Some Sparks

Land Bank Bills Would Address Citizen, Business Complaints

Effort In Lansing To Override Voters' Rebuke of Higher-Cost Energy Mandate

Obamacare Opponents Need to Show a Way Out

The Debate Over School Rankings

Court Orders City To Comply With FOIA

Obamacare: One Blind Bet After Another

Both sides sure to claim victory, despite lack of data. … more

Michigan's Voter Approved Ban On Racial Preferences Goes Before U.S. Supreme Court

Lawmakers Replace Language in Bill That Would Have Defined a Journalist

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Look At Forced Unionization

Capitol Protesters Fined $500 Each For Trying To Storm Senate Chamber

Alternative News Media

Social Media, Newspapers and Radio Serve As Platform for Common Core Debate

Examining The Issues Surrounding Common Core

Obamacare Costs Still A Mystery Days Before Key Provision Takes Effect

Bills Targeting Dubious Licensing Laws Held Up In The Legislature

Internet Sales Tax One Step Closer to Reality in Michigan

MiChild Reimbursement Rate Being Cut

House Committee Votes To Define 'Journalists' and Delay Access to Certain Public Records

Court Ruling Supports State Law That Prohibits Discrimination of Non-Union Contractors

New Challenge to Land Bank Purchasing Practice

GOP Controlled Legislature Passes Medicaid Expansion; Headed to Governor for Signature