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Do Michigan Charter Schools Get More Bang for the Buck?

The past year’s rise of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education has brought more attention to the performance of charter schools, both nationally and in her native Michigan. Charter schools are tuition-free, state-funded schools of choice that tend to operate with fewer dollars than other public schools. How well are charter schools doing with the resources they have?

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Laws of Evidence: How Sound Forensic Science Policy Can Help Prevent Wrongful Convictions

The Innocence Project is a well-known nonprofit organization whose goal is to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Forty-six percent of its cases involved misapplied forensic science — meaning that a method, technique or analysis was conducted incorrectly. There have been 17 exonerations in Michigan involving misapplied forensic science. Now, in partnership with the Reason Foundation, the Innocence Project is calling for improvements to forensic science and for better transparency and quality control in crime labs. Panelists from the Innocence Project and Reason will discuss how the application of forensic science to criminal prosecutions can be improved by policy change and public education.

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A Message From Joe

The Right Way to Fund a Second Poe Lock

The shipping industry should help pay for the services it uses

The shipping industry should help pay for the services it uses more

Increase Cell Phone Tax, Expand Stopped Vehicle Mandate, Car Seat Regulations, More

December 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

December 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Parents Deserve Clear Information About School Performance

Letter grades work for students, they can work for schools too

Letter grades work for students, they can work for schools too more

Productive Skills, Not College Degrees, Key to Economic Prosperity

A critique of ‘talent mercantilism’

A critique of ‘talent mercantilism’ more

Wyoming Lights Up a Tax Hike

Op-ed published in Casper Star Tribune

Op-ed published in Casper Star Tribune more

Unions Complicit in Retirement Benefit Crisis

But trying to shift the blame to Lansing anyway

But trying to shift the blame to Lansing anyway more

Parking Ticket License Renewal, Animal Cruelty, Student Loan Disclosures, more

December 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

December 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Ex-Con Working as Nurse Gets Denied License When Moving to Michigan

Great Lakes State has some of the most stringent laws in the nation

Great Lakes State has some of the most stringent laws in the nation more

Assessing Michigan’s Alleged Teacher Shortage

Over 100,000 qualified teachers are not employed by a public school

Over 100,000 qualified teachers are not employed by a public school more

Mackinac Center Joins Tax Reform Letter

Senate vote for tax reform possible this week

Senate vote for tax reform possible this week more

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize High Income Housing

Millions going to build luxury developments

Millions going to build luxury developments more

How to Regulate Vacation Rentals in Michigan

And why property rights need to be secured

And why property rights need to be secured more

How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan

Membership, revenue and political spending plummet

Membership, revenue and political spending plummet for SEIU Healthcare-Michigan more

Unconstitutional? Not If These Resolutions Pass

November 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

November 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

MEA Attack on Online Charters Misses Mark

Policy based on bad data, double standards would hurt families

Policy based on bad data, double standards would hurt families more

Update: D.C.’s Tax Reform Sausage Making May Still Work Out

Tax Foundation Calculates $2,500 gain per Michigan family

Tax Foundation Calculates $2,500 gain per Michigan worker more

Michigan Was Right to End Film Incentives

New report backs up legislators

New report backs up legislators more

Why did the Governor Flip Flop on Corporate Welfare?

Corporate handouts remain unfair and ineffective

Corporate handouts remain unfair and ineffective more

A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan

A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan

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Guns in Schools, Fetus as Victim, Ice Shanties and More

November 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

November 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

The Business Climate Matters More Than Amazon

Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project

Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project more

Smart Regulations for the Coming Driverless Car Revolution

As you read this, a future that features driverless cars on city streets, interstate highways and maybe in your driveway is steadily unfolding. But before this future fully arrives, policymakers need to think hard about how to properly regulate these new technologies. Regulations, after all, are powerful and often blunt tools — they can be used to foster innovation, competition and economic growth, and they can be used to prevent change, snuff out invention and slow technological advances. The predicted benefits of autonomous vehicles to society are large and widespread, and Michigan needs to be ensure that its residents can take full advantage of these upsides.

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Let Them Fill Growlers

Mackinac Center testimony on beer freedom

Mackinac Center testimony on beer freedom more

Why There’s a Revolving Prison Door

New research suggests that strict parole rules contribute to inflated prison populations

New research suggests that strict parole rules contribute to inflated prison populations more

Change Careers to Teaching? Take the SAT

New bureaucratic rule constricts educator pipeline

New bureaucratic rule constricts educator pipeline more

Michigan May Streamline Internet Services

Testimony: House and Senate bills gets government out of the way

Testimony: House and Senate bills gets government out of the way more

Skilled Trades Teachers Don’t Need a College Degree

Why doesn’t the principals’ association trust its members?

Why doesn’t the principals’ association trust its members? more

Federal Tax Proposal Not Perfect, but Good for Michigan, Nation

Reform plans are on the right track

Reform plans are on the right track more

How to Encourage Local Internet Development

Cities should encourage broadband without owning it

Cities should encourage broadband without owning it more

Local Governments Are Not in Debt Because of Less Revenue Sharing

It's time to address unfunded liabilities

It's time to address unfunded liabilities more

City Claims It Will Cut Almost Everything Without a ‘Needed’ Tax Hike

But Fraser has a spending problem it should address first

But Fraser has a spending problem it should address first more

New Analysis: Auto Insurance Costs Out of Control

Costs on the rise, will get worse if nothing is done

Costs on the rise, will get worse if nothing is done more

Planning for Life Workshop – Southfield, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

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When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires

Licensing rules prevent ex-convicts from contributing productively to society

Licensing rules prevent ex-convicts from contributing productively to society more

Why We Might Not Want to Require Rescue

Proposal to reverse no-duty-to-rescue law needs a deeper examination

Proposal to reverse no-duty-to-rescue law needs a deeper examination more

Tipping the Scales on Solar

Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions

Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions more

DeVos: Fight for Students, Not Over Them

Secretary of Education makes powerful case for parental choice

Secretary of Education makes powerful case for parental choice more