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State-led Health Care Reforms

Facing seemingly endless paralysis on health care reform from the federal government, a growing number of states are starting to consider reforms that they could enact to improve the provision of health care for their residents. Although federal laws and rules dominate health care regulations, there are still several worthy reforms that states could pursue that would have the effect of lowering costs and expanding choices for patients.

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Raising the Age: Should 17-Year-Olds be Eligible for Juvenile Justice in Michigan?

Michigan is one of five states where 17-year-olds are prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, rather than the juvenile justice system. Following a trend in several other states, some Michigan stakeholders have begun a “raise the age” campaign to adjust the age of adult criminal liability to 18, the age of majority for all other purposes. The Legislature introduced bills to that effect last year, but opponents of the campaign warn that shifting 17-year-olds into the juvenile system will be an expensive burden on resource-strapped counties. Reformers counter that the move will ensure better outcomes for teens in the long run. Join us to hear expert panelists discuss the costs and benefits of raising the age.

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State’s MBDP Job Creation Claims an Inconvenient Fiction

Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is

Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is more

Education Budget Should Back Parents' Priorities

Snyder's proposal undercuts cyber school, shared time options

Snyder's proposal undercuts cyber school, shared time options more

Michigan Is Not a Windy State

The true cost of wind in Michigan is beginning to become clear

The true cost of wind in Michigan is beginning to become clear more

One Tax Cut and One Increased; an Unfair Levy Repealed; Stronger Pepper Spray

February 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

February 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Michigan’s Long 'Bad Driver Tax' Nightmare Will Finally End

A revenue-grab from the state's lost decade left a trail of social costs and broken lives

A revenue-grab from Michigan’s lost decade left a trail of social costs and broken lives more

Meet Some Law Enforcement Officers Who Support Forfeiture Reform

Michigan Legislature should strengthen property rights

Michigan Legislature should strengthen property rights more

IMPACT January/February 2018

Michigan May Surpass 2000 Employment Levels Soon

An important milestone of recovery for the Great Lakes State

An important milestone of recovery for the Great Lakes State more

Airbnb Ban the Latest in Detroit’s Short-sighted Thinking

City council makes it harder to earn a living and visit a city desperate for population growth

City council makes it harder to earn a living and visit a city desperate for population growth more

Lawyers 'Double Dipping' on Asbestos, Traffic Stop Etiquette, Impaired EMTs

February 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

February 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Crime Shouldn’t Pay, but Requiring Reimbursement May Not Pay Off

Harsher penalties are not as effective at deterring crime as increasing the risk of getting caught

Harsher penalties are not as effective at deterring crime as increasing the risk of getting caught more

Illinois Takes Pension Advice From ‘The Simpsons’

Michigan has done a lot to avoid this fate

Michigan has done a lot to avoid this fate more

Cats and Dogs, Chickens and Fish

February 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

February 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Traverse City Continuing Push for Government-Run Internet

Similar efforts have failed in city after city

Similar efforts have failed in city after city more

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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Snyder, New Report Pitch for More Education Dollars

Evidence lacking for any significant impact on achievement

Evidence lacking for any significant impact on achievement more

Politicians Cannot Keep Up With Dynamic Economy

Subsidies for a handful, costs for everyone else

Subsidies for a handful, costs for everyone else more

Come or Go, Amazon’s HQ Decision Means Little to Michigan Economy

It’s a magnet for agenda-driven interpretation though

It’s a magnet for agenda-driven interpretation though more

Income Tax Breaks, Environmental Rules Reviews, Ransomware and more

January 26, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

January 26, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Renewable Energy is Not Cheaper After All

Popular measurement of renewable energy's cost ignores its unpredictable nature

Popular measurement of renewable energy's cost ignores its unpredictable nature more

New Additions to Mackinac Center Board of Scholars

Three new faces join Center's Board of Scholars

Three new faces join Center's Board of Scholars more

Michigan House Votes to Protect Electronic Data

Nearly unanimous in support of prohibiting state cooperation with illegal federal searches and seizures

Nearly unanimous in support of prohibiting state cooperation with illegal federal searches and seizures more

Cash Bail Hurts Innocent Poor People

The practice should be reformed to serve its purpose better

The practice should be reformed to serve its purpose better more

Is This Working? The Effects of Occupational Licensing on the Workforce

Working a job — any job — is connected to lower poverty, better income mobility, lower crime rates, fewer children born out-of-wedlock and a host of other positive results. But today, the right to earn a living is becoming more difficult. In 1950, only around 5 percent of workers needed an occupational license – today, more than one out of every five workers in Michigan is required to have this special government permission to work. This typically includes mandated educational degrees, hours of training, upfront fees, testing, continuing education, and limits of people with criminal records.

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Gov. Snyder Should Make Link Between Jobs and Criminal Justice Reform

Tonight’s State of the State will certainly focus on one — but shouldn’t ignore the other

Tonight’s State of the State will certainly focus on jobs — but shouldn’t ignore criminal justice reform more

School Choice Week Puts Michigan Progress in Perspective

Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense

Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense more

Veto Override, Higher Income Tax Exemptions, Charter Schools and ISD Money, more

January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

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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Deed Restrictions, Neighborhood Watch Vehicles

January 12, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

January 12, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Many Michigan Families Sacrifice for Choice

Documentary shows how Blaine Amendment limits education options

Documentary shows how Blaine Amendment limits education options more

Michigan’s Most Popular Uber Destination is in the City That Once Banned It

Ann Arbor overregulated ridesharing until state lawmakers freed it

Ann Arbor overregulated ridesharing until state lawmakers freed it more

Governor Granholm Called to Underfund Pensions 6 Years Before Company Bankruptcy

There is no natural constituency for properly funding pensions

There is no natural constituency for properly funding pensions more

How to Help Those with a Criminal Record Find Work

Eliminate unnecessary crimes, right-size punishments and repeal licensing laws

Eliminate unnecessary crimes, right-size punishments and repeal licensing laws more

2017 Was Good For Michigan

State economy continues to expand

State economy continues to expand more