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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.

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

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

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

Michigan Medicaid Expansion: A Win For President Obama?

Eight Senate Republicans Join Democrats In Passing Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

'Voting Yes on Medicaid Expansion is Voting for Obamacare'

MichiganVotes: Bill Would Nix Annual Political Contribution Recertification

Land Banks Buying Properties Private Buyers Would Want

August Is ‘Get Out of the Union Month’ For Teachers

Health Policy Expert: GOP Medicaid Reforms 'Out Of The Stone Age'

Medicaid Expansion Plan: New Exterior, Same Core

Senate Offers Multiple Medicaid Expansion Plans

Kent County Land Bank Circumvents Market To Fund Operations

MEDC: The Same Old Run Around On Jobs Numbers

MichiganVotes: New Bill Starts Discussion Of Medicaid Expansion Alternatives

Civil Rights or Double Standard?

If Medicaid Expansion Passes, GOP 'Yes' Votes Likely Stuck Voting to Pay For It Too

'ER Visits Won't Increase' Claim By Medicaid Expansion Advocates Remains Dubious

Civil Rights Department Defying Governor On Racial Preferences, American Indian Mascots

Medicaid Expansion...What's the Rush?

Final Seven House Republicans Who Backed Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

Renewable Energy Mandate Takes A Hit In Michigan

Eight More House Republicans Who Backed Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

More House GOP Reps Who Voted For Key Obamacare Provision

Pete Hoekstra: 'Michigan Could Impact Obamacare in Washington'

House GOP Leaders Vote With Dems To Pass Medicaid Expansion

Michigan a Top 10 State In Per Capita Spending on K-12 Education

Film Incentives: The $50 Million Sequel

Complete Streets Program: Good Law or Bureaucratic Overreach?

Medicaid Expansion, Road Funding Key Issues For Michigan Budget

Count Update: 145 School Districts Have Deals That Dodge Right-to-Work

Mystery Contribution Kept ‘Dues Skim’ Alive

Lawmakers Looking At MEDC Transparency

Attorney: Taylor District Violated Contract Law to Lock In 10-Year Union Agreement

Michigan House and Senate Both Skeptical On Medicaid Expansion

Democrat U.S. Rep. Gary Peters Praises Michigan's GOP-Led Recovery

MichiganVotes: House GOP Medicaid Expansion Plan Faces Hurdles

Speedway Assistance: Public Safety or Corporate Welfare?

SEIU Lays Out Plan to Try and Continue 'Dues Skim'

Tax Audits or Taxpayer Abuse?

MichiganVotes: Bill Would Increase Portion of Public Employee Health Care Cap

Reforming State Government A Tedious Task

State Department of Civil Rights Not In Line With Gov. Snyder's Views

Lawsuit Alleges Wind Power A Threat To Health And Safety

MichiganVotes: Minimum Wage Increase — A Serious Effort Or Just Rhetoric?

At Least 54 School Districts Have Contracts Dodging Michigan's Right-to-Work Law

Confirmed: The SEIU 'Dues Skim' Finally Ends

Lawmaker: 'No Real Savings’ in Wayne State Contract

Poll Results Could Be Positive Indicator For Right-to-Work Advocates

Teachers' Union Wants Lawsuit Moved Out of Court

Another School Contract Extended To Lock Teachers Into Union Membership

SEIU Election Legitimacy Questioned by Some Union Members

College Admits Cooperating With Unions To Sidestep Right-to-Work Law

Teacher Pension System Hole Getting Deeper

Wayne State University: We Got A Deal; Take Our Word For It

Will Gov. Snyder Get Stuck With 'Tax Hiker' Label?

Universities Dodging Right-to-Work Law Under Scrutiny

Is Repeal In The Cards For Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law?

SEIU 'Skim Tracker' Stops Ticking

Sequester Marks First Cuts Since Pres. Obama Took Office

Wisconsin's Alternative Medicaid Plan