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One Tax Cut and One Increased; an Unfair Levy Repealed; Stronger Pepper Spray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

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

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

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

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

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs

Government should do fair bidding for projects

Government should do fair bidding for projects more

Detroit Ignores State Law, Turns Down Money to Avoid Selling Abandoned School

Detroit Public Schools Community District enforces deed restriction against charter

Detroit Public Schools Community District enforces deed restriction against charter more

You Can Legally Warm Your Car Now

The Legislature should repeal more nonsensical administrative rules in 2018

The Legislature should repeal more nonsensical administrative rules in 2018 more

Facts About Michigan’s Infrastructure You Never Hear

Overall, it is serving us pretty well

Overall, it is serving us pretty well more

State Reforms of Occupational Licensing

New report from Cato highlights Michigan work

New report from Cato highlights Michigan work more

Michigan Legislature’s 10 Most Revealing Votes of 2017

Which side were your lawmakers on?

Which side were your lawmakers on? more

Michigan Well-Being Metric Stuck in 'Balanced' Position

Changes in policy could attract more people

Changes in policy could attract more people more

Michigan Man Cleared of Wrongdoing, Still Fighting Civil Forfeiture Years Later

Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement can seize property — or freeze private bank accounts — when they have reason to believe the property is tied to wrongdoings. more

Charter Schools, Developer and Grocery Store Subsidies, University Debt, more

December 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

December 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Michigan Falls in Economic Freedom Index

Lower rank due to reforms in other states

Lower rank due to reforms in other states more

State Senate Tightens Rules on Driver’s Licenses

The three-ticket rule may inflict collateral damage

The three-ticket rule may inflict collateral damage more

School Choice Breaks Down Racial Barriers

Some districts’ residency requirements reinforce segregation

Some districts’ residency requirements reinforce segregation more

The Problems with the Pension and Retiree Health Insurance Bills

Recent legislation confuses legal obligations between benefits

Recent legislation confuses legal obligations between benefits more

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

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

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

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

Homeschoolers, Pre-nups, Keggers and Cybersecurity

October 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

October 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Only One Auto Insurance Reform Plan Worth Pursuing

HB 5013 will reduce premiums, competing reform bills may increase them

HB 5013 will reduce premiums, competing reform bills may increase them more

Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political

U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-work for all

U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-work for all more

How to Solve Government Employee Retiree Health Insurance Costs

Freeze salary schedules until health insurance is fully funded

Freeze salary schedules until health insurance is fully funded more

Education Officials Avoid Obvious Solutions

Reforms needed before taking teacher shortage claims seriously

Reforms needed before taking teacher shortage claims seriously more

Allow Competition in Infrastructure Upgrades

Expanded choice and reduced prices good for everyone

Expanded choice and reduced prices good for everyone more

Legislature Looking to Streamline Internet Services

Bills would limit fees and ban government-owned networks

Bills would limit fees and ban government-owned networks more

EPA Administrator Pruitt to 'Unravel' Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan

Federal actions are unlikely to change Michigan’s course

Federal actions are unlikely to change Michigan’s course more

Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems

It’s up to them to stop adding retiree debt

It’s up to them to stop adding retiree debt more

Wastewater Infrastructure Updates Lagging?

The market is ready to serve

The market is ready to serve more

Michigan Closer to More Available Dental Care

Mackinac Center recommendation passes Senate

Mackinac Center recommendation passes Senate more

Don’t Push the School Funding Panic Button

Districts can adapt to federal enrollment projections

Districts can adapt to federal enrollment projections more

Criminal Justice Policy Commission Examines Raise-the-Age Proposals

Legislature wants to find out what raising the age limit for adult prosecution might cost

Legislature wants to find out what raising the age limit for adult prosecution might cost more

Mackinac Center FOIA Lawsuit with University of Michigan Receives Wide Coverage

Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward

Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward more

Auto Insurance Reforms Worth Supporting

Bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a significant move in the right direction

Bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a significant move in the right direction more

It’s Time to Repeal the Bad Driver Tax

A mess that should never have been created

A mess that should never have been created more