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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

Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financing 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

How to Strike a Balance on Short-Term Rentals

Cities should enforce existing regulations, not ban rentals all together

Cities should enforce existing regulations, not ban rentals all together more

Why Pension Reform Is Hard for Politicians

No consequences to kicking the can down the road

No consequences to kicking the can down the road more

Charter Schools Face Funding, Facility Inequities

Legislation, possible legal showdown could help shrink gap

Legislation, possible legal showdown could help shrink gap more

Taxpayers Deserve to Know Details of Business Subsidy Deals

State officials are hiding what should be public information

State officials are hiding what should be public information more

Happy Anniversary Tax Hikers

Ten years have passed since we took your bait

Ten years have passed since we took your bait more

Sheriffs Float the Idea of a Kayak Tax

Just another example of the trough truce

Just another example of the trough truce more

This Just In … Longwoods Out

Secretive MEDC consultant replaced

Secretive MEDC consultant replaced more

Consumers Don’t Need a Law to Limit Competition

Get rid of the ‘half mile’ rule for selling alcohol

Get rid of the ‘half mile’ rule for selling alcohol more

Electric Bicycles, Lawsuits against Unlawful Local Government Gun Restrictions

September 29, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

September 29, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Short-Term Rentals Are Good for Michigan

State should stop municipalities from cracking down on homesharing

State should stop municipalities from cracking down on homesharing more

More State Oversight Needed for Government Assistance Programs

Michigan should adopt best practices for welfare, WIC programs

Michigan should adopt best practices for welfare, WIC programs more

It’s Time to Allow Direct Vehicle Sales

You can’t buy a Tesla or a Fido in Michigan

You can’t buy a Tesla or a Fido in Michigan more

How Juvenile Justice Works in Michigan

A brief overview of legal proceedings involving youth

A brief overview of legal proceedings involving youth more

Arbitrary Licensing Requirements Should be Scrapped

Unemployment is a leading indicator for recidivism

Unemployment is a leading indicator for recidivism more

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds RTW Law

Mackinac Center scholars support the ruling

Mackinac Center scholars support the ruling more

‘Raise the Age’ Proposals Pending in Lansing

New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults

New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults more

Political Free Speech, Cocaine Sentencing, Add Details to Liquor Control Law

September 22, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

September 22, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Most Michigan Parents Satisfied with School Choice

Superintendent Whiston backtracks from 'backwards' claim

Superintendent Whiston backtracks from “backwards” claim more

How a Private Arts Festival Thrives

ArtPrize is in its ninth year

ArtPrize is in its ninth year more

Legislature Takes Aim at Rolling Back Harmful Licensing Laws

These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money

These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money more

Mackinac Center Joins 87 Groups and Activists Calling for Federal Tax Reform

Time for a simple, efficient, sufficient and fair tax code

Time for a simple, efficient, sufficient and fair tax code more

Michigan Income Tax Cuts Remain Affordable

State government is very well fed

State government is very well fed more

Proposed Law Would Allow MDOC to Hire Felons

Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment

Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment more

Private Harbors, Free IDs for Veterans, Fixing and Punishing City Election Goofs

September 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

September 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Flatten the Tax Code

Select tax breaks aren’t the answer to our tax problems

Select tax breaks aren’t the answer to our tax problems more

Public Service Commission actions threaten electric choice in Michigan

MPSC intends to restrict access to out-of-state markets

MPSC intends to restrict access to out-of-state markets more

Post Labor Day Weekend Good Time for Tourism Talk

Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season

Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season more

A “Not Welcome” Sign for Special-Needs Students

Nonresidents denied local special education dollars in 21 ISDs

Nonresidents denied local special education dollars in 21 ISDs more

New Subsidies Show Which Groups Are Important to Lansing Politicians

Improving the rules for everyone puts residents first

Improving the rules for everyone puts residents first more

Bullying, Redskins, Foster Care Alternative, No Immigration Enforcement, More

August 25, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

August 25, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

The Key Barriers Promoting Inequality

Some agreement between the left and the right

Some agreement between the left and the right more

A response to Oxford Economics' Review

Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful

Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful more

New School Privatization Survey Results

Nearly three-quarters of districts contract out

Nearly three-quarters of districts contract out more

Give Foxconn Nothing

Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers

Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers more

Lansing Politicians Betray Their Stated Ideals

Watch what they do, not what they say

Watch what they do, not what they say more

Dog-Fight Dogs, Obamacare, Financial Exploitation, Multi-Lingual State Websites

August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Home Health Caregivers Might Find Relief from Union Coercion at Supreme Court

Mackinac Center joins groups to call an end to the union dues skim

Mackinac Center joins groups to call an end to the union dues skim more

Lansing Politicians Put Favored Businesses Ahead of Everyone Else

Another $1.2B in favors approved this year

Another $1.2B in favors approved this year more

Let Local Schools Decide Their Calendars

More districts seeking freedom from Labor Day mandate

More districts seeking freedom from Labor Day mandate more

State of Michigan’s Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge

Crowdsourcing the state’s carp strategy

Crowdsourcing the state’s carp strategy more

Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success more

How Michigan Could Benefit from District Voting

Joe Lehman discusses concept on MIRS podcast

Joe Lehman discusses concept on MIRS podcast more

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Measuring Success in Alternative Education

Programs serving dropout risks need meaningful metrics, too

Programs serving dropout risks need meaningful metrics too more

Opioids, Internet Gambling, Trump Tax Returns and More

August 4, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

August 4, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Targeted Business Subsidies vs. Broad Tax Relief

State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more

State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more more

More Proposals to Amend the State Constitution

July 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

July 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Taking the Pension Task Force to Task

Governments should stop generating new pension debt

Governments should stop generating new pension debt more

Trump Labor Secretary Joins Bipartisan Call for Licensure Reform

Obama administration also wanted changes

Obama administration also wanted changes more

‘Public Education’ Not Easy to Define

Questions raised by rally for more school funding

Questions raised by rally for more school funding more

As Feds Expand Forfeiture, Michigan Looks to Restrict It

Preserving property rights is essential

Preserving property rights is essential more

The Allure of Corporate Welfare

Both parties seem to agree that handing out select subsidies and tax breaks is good politics

Both parties seem to agree that handing out select tax breaks is good politics more

Legislative Proposals to Change the Michigan Constitution

July 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

July 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

A Solution to Local Government Debt

Pension and retiree health care liabilities are in crisis and the time to act is now

Pension and retiree health care liabilities are in crisis and the time to act is now more

Why Michigan Pension Reform Matters

Michigan now a national leader on fixing pension problems

Michigan now a national leader on fixing pension problems more

Why We Can’t Build Infrastructure Like We Used To

Regulatory burdens just as much to blame as political gridlock

Regulatory burdens just as much to blame as political gridlock more

How Many People Should be in Prison?

No easy answer, but here’s how to think about the question

No easy answer, but here’s how to think about the question more

On Cigarette Tax Evasion, I Told You So

Additional four million packs to be smuggled into Minnesota next year

Raising cigarette taxes has consequences and not always good ones more

‘Trough Truce’ on Display in Latest Debate on Corporate Welfare

Latest business subsidy gets bipartisan support and some opposition

Latest business subsidy gets bipartisan support and some opposition more

Corporate Handouts Run Amok

July 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

July 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Special Needs Families Deserve Transparency

Posting ISD special education plans enables sound decisions

Posting ISD special education plans enables sound decisions more

New Corporate Welfare Proposal is Unfair

'Good Jobs for Michigan' a repeat of failed MEGA program

'Good Jobs for Michigan' a repeat of failed MEGA program more

Paris Was a Bad Deal for the US

Greens agreed with Trump on Paris before he pulled out

Greens agreed with Trump on Paris before he pulled out more

A Map of Michigan Commute Times

Where do people make the longest drives to work?

Where do people make the longest drives to work? more

Return of the Mega Subsidy

Corporate welfare still demonstrably ineffective

Corporate welfare still demonstrably ineffective more

The Model Facade: Selling Jobs to the Public, Press and Policymakers

History shows models are used to obscure costly, ineffective programs

History shows models are used to obscure costly, ineffective programs more

The Double Standard in Environmental Protection: A Reprise

Delving further into sewage system failures

Delving further into sewage system failures more

MEGA 2 Hearing Demonstrates Desperation

New corporate welfare proposal gets hard sell in tax committee

New corporate welfare proposal gets hard sell in tax committee more

Michigan's Robust Municipal Finance Model

Taxpayer protections don't stop revenue growth

Taxpayer protections don't stop revenue growth more

Trump’s Crime Policy Comes to Lansing

Rhetoric about US cities’ “serious violent crime problem” is misleading and distracting

Rhetoric about US cities’ “serious violent crime problem” is misleading and distracting more

Why Does Michigan License Painters?

Few other states do

Few other states do more

Free Press Omits Key CREDO Charter School Finding

Students learning more from most Michigan for-profit operators

Students learning more from most Michigan for-profit operators more

Kids Experience Entrepreneurship at Detroit Children's Business Fair

Second annual event provided opportunities to learn, grow and earn money

Second annual event provided opportunities to learn, grow and earn money more

A Plea for Fairness, Transparency and Intellectual Honesty

Testimony prepared for the Michigan Travel Commission

Testimony prepared for the Michigan Travel Commission more

Traverse City Should Avoid Risky Public Internet

Most municipal broadband projects losing money

Most municipal broadband projects losing money more

Vitti’s ‘Student-First’ Agenda Faces Early Test

Pay limits for incoming teachers an unnecessary obstacle

Pay limits for incoming teachers an unnecessary obstacle more