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Anne Schieber Dykstra

Community Engagement Manager

Anne Schieber-Dykstra is the community engagement manager for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. She produces investigative video reports that demonstrate the impact of public policies on people’s lives.

Prior to joining the Mackinac Center staff, Anne spent 30 years in broadcast journalism. She was a high-profile, award-winning reporter and anchor for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids between 1998 and 2011. Anne has also worked for stations in Kalamazoo, Minneapolis, Buffalo, N.Y., and Allentown, Penn.

Over her career, she has won numerous awards, including a “Best Individual Reporting” honor from the Associated Press and “Journalist of the Year” from the Michigan Small Business Administration.

Anne received her bachelor's degree from Villanova University.

Building Bikes in the Motor City

Coming to America: Liberian Immigrant Now Detroit Business Owner

Norton Shores Resident Fears Pension Underfunding Will Cause Tax Increases, Job Losses

Michigan's Pension Crisis Means Tax Hikes and Cutting Cops

‘Worker's Choice’ or ‘Free Riders’? Union Reform Bill Opts for Former

Mackinac Center Research Topic of Council Meeting

Local news covers pension problems in Norton Shores … more

Schooling Outside the Box: State Bans Aid to Private Innovators Like This School

Plastic Bag Tax Hurts Consumers, Businesses and Does Little for the Environment

Legislature considers bill to stop new Washtenaw County tax … more

Almost Entire County Commission Overthrown After Spending Splurge

How an Ice-Making Company is Succeeding in Detroit

Mackinac Center Defends Resort Owner’s Free Speech Right

State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit … more

Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium

Local Ballot Initiatives Target Police, Prosecutors Confiscating Property

Truckers See Local Fines as a Cash Grab

Local Grocery Bag Bans Coming? Not If These Legislators Prevail

In Grand Rapids, Your Home is Not Always Your Castle

Liberty Depends on Clearly Defined Laws

Speed Trap Empire Strikes Back at Reform Effort

Government’s Free Pass to Trespass

Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable … more

Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

Many local ordinances would benefit from reform … more

Federal Rules Would Harm Work Centers for the Disabled

Yet Another 'Photo Cop' Traffic Ticket Scheme

This one attached to massive new government spending … more

Criminal Intent Reform: Lessons from Ohio

Prosecutors’ dissatisfaction with existing language was a key … more

Who Knew? Man Faces Criminal Charges For Snowmobiling While Driver's License Suspended

Traverse City Homeless 'Bill of Rights' Could Turn Public Facilities into Impromptu Shelters

Michigan Gets D-Minus Grade for Forfeited Property Profit Mongering

Michigan Moves to Ban Red Light Ticket Cameras

Keeping Government Entities on Track

A Case Study … more

The Politics of Speed Limits

Some special interests oppose raising interstate speed limits … more

Tax Watchdog Highlights the Millions Some Receive in Pension Benefits

Fed Audit: Township Used Forfeited Property for Non-Law Enforcement Expenses

Unanimous Forfeiture Vote Brings Greater Transparency and Accountability

'These bills are a great first step…' … more

City Manager: 'Prosperity Doesn’t Come From Government; It Comes From Freedom'

ACLU, Mackinac Center Report Calls on State to End Civil Forfeiture

Study shows abuses of government power on innocent citizens … more

Retired State Police Officer: Forfeiture is 'Big Money' for Law Enforcement Agencies

Michigan Sales Tax Will Hit Internet Shoppers on Oct. 1

Michigan Taxpayers Spend Over $3 Million a Year on Union Release Time

Mackinac Center releases new data for union time on the taxpayer dime … more

Government Waste in Northern Michigan

Teacher Left Michigan Education Association and Has No Regrets

Local Governments Look To Cash In On Commercial Truck Inspections

When Money Doesn’t Get You Better Schools

An Election for More than Just Mayor

Grand Rapids election could be referendum on financial health … more

Grand Rapids' Mayoral Candidates Spar Over City's Financial Health

Excess of Laws Entangle Law-respecting People

A lack of knowledge traps ordinary citizens … more

State Supremes Rebuff Claims Government Land Bank Shortchanged Taxpayers

Study: They Spend Millions, but Minimal Transparency Required for Government Union Finances

Public Sector Unions Vague About How They Spend Dues Money

MEA Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information

Invasion of Privacy? Tax Assessors Taking Photos on Private Property

High Taxes Promote Black Market Cigarettes in Bordering State

Bills Aiming to Protect Property from Overzealous Forfeiture Clear First Hurdle

Asset Forfeiture Package of Bills a 'Solid First Step'

Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance

Collection Bins for Clothing and Used Goods Targeted as Nuisances

Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose

New State Tax Payment System Causing Headaches for Businesses

Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter

Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union

$23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary

Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets

Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees

International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance

MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification

Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property

The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums

Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived

Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it

Ohio Leads the Way on Criminal Intent Reform

Different Parties, Same Conclusion on Civil Asset Forfeitures: Reform It

Hostile Takeover of Charter School

What are the Real Motives Behind Asset Seizures?

Man Who Speaks Out About Police Seizing His Property Without Charges is Arrested Hours Later

Property Seized, Money Taken – But No Crime

Legislators Block Low-Cost Eye Exams in Michigan

Union Members Used School Email to Promote School Board Candidates

Brighton Union, District Strike Illegal Language from Contract

Group Seeks to Put Term Limits on Grand Rapids Mayor, City Commissioners

Union, District Force Non-Union Teacher to Pay for Union Release Time

School Districts Manipulate Headlee Tax Limits for More Money

Parents Speak Out on Effort to Halt School Choice

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Suggests Legislature Clarify Criminal Intent Statutes

Grand Rapids Transit Agency Defends New Bus Line

Where $100 Million Buys Little: Michigan School Employee Pension Fund

Court Grills County Over Land Bank Activities

$40 Million ‘Rapid’ Silver Line Bus Takes Twice as Long as a Car

Where $100 Million Buys Little: Michigan School Employee Pension Fund

Local School District Escapes 'At Risk' List Despite Hostile Charter Takeover

Teachers Find Union Alternatives

University Employees Break From MEA For Better Service At Lower Cost

School District Revokes Authorization of Popular Charter

Conventional District Sidelines Successful Charter To Financially Benefit Itself

Retiree Benefits Pose Problems For Pothole Patching Plans In Grand Rapids

Taxpayer Representation Missing From Assessor Review Panel

Video Report: Teachers Hope Their Win Against Union Emboldens Others

City Says Recording Device Ban Was Due To 'Miscommunication'

New Bill Would Prevent Discriminatory Charitable Bin Bans