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  1. Legacy Society Luncheon: The Morality of Capitalism

    Please join us as we welcome Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, as guest speaker at the Mackinac Center Legacy Society Annual Luncheon this year. Mr. Bandow will share the moral arguments for free-market principles in his talk, Morality of Capitalism.

  2. Climate Activists Endanger Lives by Tampering with Pipelines

    As winter approaches, fossil fuels keep us warm

  3. Michiganders Want Electricity Choice But Bill Would End It

    Op-ed published in Bridge Magazine

  4. Wayne Co. Schools’ $80 Million Annual Tax Hike Won’t Cover Pensions
  5. Metro Detroit Transit Tax Assumes Funding From State and Feds That May Never Come
    transit, RTA
  6. You'd Be In Big Trouble If You Spent Like Uncle Sam
  7. An Opportunity to Improve School Funding Equity?

    Pushback against federal regulation should not preclude local reform

  8. State Health Policy Toolkit

    10 reforms state lawmakers can implement now

  9. Defined-Contribution Plans Help State Credit

    Michigan's credit rating could increase after pension reform

  10. Media Loves Corporate Welfare Stories, But Silent When Jobs Go Bust
  11. WikiLeaks: Granholm's Obama Job Application Oversold Clean Energy Jobs
  12. RTA Transit Tax Focuses on Old Technology, Ignores Opportunity

    Mozena debates merits of plan on Michigan Matters

  13. October 21, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ban gas chamber for pets; subsidies for hospitals and Flint businesses; authorize new school taxes; regulate drones; more

  14. Tilt from Tax Cutting to Corporate Welfare Renews Failed Approach to Economic Growth

    Lawmakers face a number of corporate welfare proposals

  15. Some Upper Peninsula Residents In Revolt Over Federal Road Closings
  16. Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

    Ridesharing companies, taxis and limos would compete on level playing field

  17. Granholm Touted Failed Companies in Bid for Federal Energy Job
  18. Young Entrepreneurs Set Up Shop In Detroit

    Local media covers Detroit Children's Business Fair

  19. Detroit’s Taxes, Regulations Keeping It Down

    Skorup pens op-ed in The Detroit News

  20. Michigan High School Grad Rate Up as Detroit Schools Increases 30 Percent
  21. Superintendent Compensation Available Online

    State media covers update of Mackinac Center database

  22. $1 Billion of Tax Money Thrown Into a Growing Deficit

    Michigan increased pension funding and it’s still not enough

  23. Government Official Denigrates Citizen for Seeking Public Information

    FOIA is a legitimate accountability tool

  24. Oakland Officials Deny Hushing Up Report Critical of Transit Tax Proposal
  25. Potential Corporate Welfare Binge Risks Second Michigan ‘Lost Decade’
  26. How Saginaw Prep Turned Around Academically

    Charter school shedding 'priority' label

  27. Flashy Projects Won’t Save Detroit: Here’s What is Hampering Recovery
  28. State Spending Up and Up, But Spending Interests Cry Poverty
  29. Building Bikes in the Motor City
  30. October 14, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Tax breaks for developers; allow school recreation tax; fee hikes; ban ‘cyber-revenge porn’

  31. EPA Expands Power by Calling Plowed Farm Fields 'Mini Mountain Ranges'
  32. High School Debate Workshops Overview
  33. Rights and Responsibilities Collide: Student Free Speech Bill Struggles
  34. On Hiatus: Debate Workshops 2016
  35. Here's Why You Deserve a State Income Tax Cut
  36. Michigan Spends Hundreds of Millions Supporting Private Schools
  37. First Detroit Children’s Business Fair This Saturday

    Free community event showcases young entrepreneurs

  38. Back to the Future for Taxpayer Stadium Funding in Detroit

    Legislators should stand firm against special deals 

  39. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  40. State Takes Minnow-Bite From City’s Budget, Lobbyist Cries 'Shark'
  41. Dental Therapists Would Relieve Michigan’s Dentist Shortage

    The Detroit News covers new Mackinac Center report

  42. Tuition Up 3.9 Percent, But U-M Finds $85 Million More For 'Diversity'
  43. Coming to America: Liberian Immigrant Now Detroit Business Owner
  44. Worker’s Choice: Freedom for Employees and Unions

    State and national media cover Mackinac Center concept

  45. October 7, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Big gas tax hike; welfare cops; local pit bull bans; selling student data

  46. IMPACT September/October 2016
  47. Got a Permit for That Garage Sale?
  48. Mackinac Center Dismisses Tourism Tax Suit After Resort Owner Sells Property

    Center wishes former client well in retirement; leaves door open to future challenge

  49. Rumors of Unions' Post-Right-to-Work Death Exaggerated
  50. What is 'Electricity Choice'?

    11,000 customers are waiting for it

  51. Saginaw County Sheriff Denies Driving Seized Muscle Car, Won't Explain 56k New Miles
  52. Norton Shores Resident Fears Pension Underfunding Will Cause Tax Increases, Job Losses
  53. Education Union Should Be Voice For Pension Reform

    School employees deserve more than political promises

  54. Putting Too Many People in Prison Puts Michigan at Risk

    New study indicates prison time increases recidivism

  55. Union Sloppiness Costs Teacher Thousands in Lost Pay, Blames Mythical ‘Funding Cuts’
  56. Michigan Legislature Can End 2016 Strong by Acting on Key Issues
  57. Michigan and Ontario Governments Agree to Promote Crony Capitalism Together
  58. Voters Support School Choice
  59. Researchers: Having More College Grads Around Doesn't Mean Less-Educated Workers Earn More
  60. The Lose-Lose Situation in Pension Funding

    Pension underfunding, not defined contributions, is the problem

  61. September 30, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Sex! Crime! Hollywood! Uber! Oh boy!

  62. Closest Thing to Immortality? Government Programs

    Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps has survived multiple defundings

  63. State Policies Created School Pension Pain
    The only real solution is to close public pensions to new employees
  64. Here are the Issues Facing Detroit Schools

    Adding to the dialogue

  65. Dental Therapists Would Improve Access to Care

    Study recommends Michigan create new midlevel providers

  66. Working in Detroit
  67. Michigan District Bans Homeschooled Girl From Homecoming Dance
  68. Feds Force Michigan Cherries to Rot – In Order To Raise Prices
  69. Dental Therapists: A Proposal to Expand Access to Dental Care in Michigan

  70. This Week in Fiscal Policy News

    Tax reform proposals and state pension underfunding

  71. Michigan's Pension Crisis Means Tax Hikes and Cutting Cops
  72. Republican AG Rebuffs GOP Governor On Failed Detroit Schools: OK To Close Them
  73. Feds Claim Power Over Every Mud Puddle Under 'Migratory Molecule' Theory
  74. Progress Michigan Hits Road With False School 'Cuts' Claims
  75. U of M Brings Personal Pronoun Wars To Michigan
  76. Michigan Counties on the Verge of Pension Crisis

    Lansing State Journal publishes op-ed on local pension debt

  77. Sierra Club: No Gas, No Coal, No Nukes; Lansing Utility: No Lights, Then
  78. Time to End the 21st Century Jobs Fund

    New Mackinac study featured in state media

  79. Obama’s Overtime Rule Would Hurt Those It’s Intended To Help

    Patrick Wright joins WNEM TV5 to discuss new rule

  80. Michigan House Passes Bills Rolling Back Arbitrary ‘Handyman’ Licensing
  81. Detroit Metro’s Economy No. 14 In U.S., Bigger Than Nation Of Chile
  82. Proposed Beer Tax Hike Would Hurt Brewers

    LaFaive comments in MLive article

  83. September 23, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Out with old in with new licensure mandate; increase legislature transparency; more

  84. Lawsuit Filed to Fight Michigan’s Ban on Tesla Sales

    Skorup weighs in with USA Today and the Detroit Free Press

  85. There Will Be Harsh Consequences for Raising North Dakota’s Tobacco Tax
  86. Union Survey: Michigan Teachers Want Pension Reform

    Only 12.2 percent of MEA members feel they will have a comfortable retirement

  87. Note to Hillary Clinton: Right-to-Work Laws Are Very Popular
  88. EPA Opposes U.P. Road, But Senator Suggests New Mine Its Real Target
  89. Superintendent Pay, Contract Database Updated

    109 school district heads paid $200,000+

  90. Pugsley Correctional Facility to Close

    Michigan's prison population on the decline

  91. Before Flint’s Lead Crisis, City Council Raided Money from 'Water Fund'
  92. Budget Gimmicks, Debt and Deficit Smokescreens Preceded Flint Lead Crisis
  93. Calling All Young Entrepreneurs to the First Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Finding the next Henry Ford or Hendrik Meijer
  94. More to Charter Special Ed Gap than Meets the Eye

    Disability types, local conditions drive disparity

  95. Worker’s Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers From Forced Representation

    Unionized workers are forced to accept union representation whether they want it or not, even though Michigan is a right-to-work state.  Right-to-work takes away a union’s ability to get a worker fired for not paying them. However with the law unions are still given a monopoly to represent all workers on a job. They must provide representation even to those not paying them. While unions like their monopoly they still complain about what they call “free riders” – those forced to accept their services but not paying for them.  Unions have brought legal challenges in several states claiming right-to-work violates constitutional takings clauses because of this so-called free rider issue.

  96. We Verify Teachers Union Pay Claims, You Choose Whether to Trust Them
  97. Union Claims Experienced Teachers Make Less Than $30K; They Don't
  98. Michigan Bill Legalizes March Madness and Fantasy Sports Bets
  99. Michigan Class Sizes Hard to Find, So Public Radio Reports Opinions
  100. September 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Blasts-from-the-past on road funding, same-sex adoptions, civil asset forfeiture and more

  101. State’s '21st Century Jobs Fund' Spent $100 Million For Just 1,052 Jobs
  102. Michigan Must Stop Keeping Peoples’ Property Without Conviction

    Skorup discusses civil forfeiture on Michigan Radio

  103. Study Recommends Ending Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund

    The program has failed even by its own measurements

  104. An Evaluation of Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

  105. NAACP: Historical 13-Star Flag Associated With 'Racial Supremacy' Groups
  106. Union and School Illegally Take Dues from Teachers' Paychecks
  107. Understand the Emergency Manager Law Before Changing It
  108. How Pensions Are Bankrupting Cities and States and How to Fix It

    Retiree benefits are a national crisis, but some cities and states have made significant reforms that are saving money and preventing liabilities being pushed off onto future generations. This event will discuss the scope of the problem and what Michigan should be doing to solve it.

  109. An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

    When the state asks for higher fees, repeal the mandates

  110. Worker’s Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers From Forced Representation

    Event in Lansing discusses new legislation

  111. Police Seize Car, Drive 56,000 Miles, Sell It Without Charging Owners With a Crime
  112. School Superintendent: 13-Star 'Betsy Ross' Flag Injects 'Hostility' and 'Hate'
  113. Markets, Not Politicians, Slow State Oil and Gas Production

    From 'obscene profits' to 'obscene losses'

  114. Michigan’s Quiet Success in Containing Retiree Health Care Costs

    Simple reforms lower the burden of debt

  115. Flashy Projects Generate Taxpayer Losses

    A state economy isn't made up of the biggest companies

  116. Lawmakers Agree Car Insurance Too Expensive — But Not On How To Fix It
  117. Bill Would Ban Ann Arbor's Ban on Young Adult Tobacco Sales
  118. What You Owe for Pensions

    Michigan governments hold $3,800 per person in pension debt

  119. September 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Medical marijuana crack-down, driverless trucks, dogs in outdoor cafés

  120. Should Michigan Cities Be Allowed to Ban Pit Bulls?

    Probably not

  121. Michigan Will Have No Ballot Questions This Year
  122. ‘Worker's Choice’ or ‘Free Riders’? Union Reform Bill Opts for Former
  123. Post a Photo of Your Marked Ballot? You've Broken the Law
  124. New Study Calls for More Spending to Provide Nothing

    Higher education costs are increasing, but why?

  125. Wild West: What Education Establishment Calls Parents Choosing Their Kids’ School
  126. Mackinac Center Research Topic of Council Meeting

    Local news covers pension problems in Norton Shores

  127. An Inspiration for Expanding Detroit’s Educational Choices

    The second in a two-part series on Detroit Cristo Rey High School

  128. Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Worker’s Choice Bill

    Legislation would increase worker rights and free unions from representing those who do not pay dues

  129. Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Prevent Crime
  130. Privatization Remains a Popular Practice with School Districts
  131. Do Michigan Criminal Penalties Make Sense? No One Knows
  132. Your Transaction is Secure
  133. Despite the Hype, Detroit's Job Growth Among the Lowest in the State
  134. An 'Exclusive' Private School, But Not Like You Think

    The first in a two-part series on Detroit Cristo Rey High School

  135. Schooling Outside the Box: State Bans Aid to Private Innovators Like This School
  136. Union Membership in Michigan Down 38 Percent in 32 Years
  137. Foundation Examines Michigan Pensions and Finds - Mismanagement
  138. Mackinac Center Offers Labor Reform Ideas in Time for Labor Day

    Op-ed on top reforms in The Detroit News

  139. September 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ding overspending schools, limit corporate subsidies, legislative subpeonas and a boost for the disabled

  140. Multiplier Analyses Are Prone to Abuse

    Common ways to rationalize use of taxpayer dollars

  141. Governor Gives Academically Failed Detroit Schools a Three-Year Pass
  142. Plastic Bag Tax Hurts Consumers, Businesses and Does Little for the Environment

    Legislature considers bill to stop new Washtenaw County tax

  143. Michigan’s Looming Dentist Shortage?

    Mid-level providers could help fill the gaps

  144. You’re OUT! School Bars Resident From Working as Baseball Ump
  145. Troubling Lack of Student Test Progress Deserves Candor, Not Spin
  146. Detroit Should Lessen Licensing Requirements

    Mackinac Center op-ed published in Wall Street Journal

  147. Praise, Not Criticism for Companies That Follow Rules

    Op-ed on Mackinac pipeline published in MLive

  148. Statewide Student Test Scores Are In and the News Isn't Good
  149. Voters’ Support for School Choice Remains Strong

    Most Detroit residents want more options

  150. New Survey Finds Broad Support For School Choice In Michigan

    Survey of likely voters shows broad support

  151. Trump and Clinton are Both Wrong: Free Trade is Good for People

    The benefits of trade in Michigan

  152. Almost Entire County Commission Overthrown After Spending Splurge
  153. State Ed Chief: Opening School Near Another One is 'Wasteful'
  154. Major Sectors Growing as Michigan Unemployment Hits 15-Year Low
  155. This Fall Will Be the First Time There are Fewer Charter Schools
  156. Study: $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage Would Kill 281,000 Michigan Jobs
  157. Michigan and Ontario Governments Agree to Promote Crony Capitalism Together

    When international cooperation is not helpful but destructive

  158. Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

    Analyzing recent attacks on school choice

  159. August 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Income tax money for roads; bans on e-cigs for minors, powdered booze and local knife regulations and more

  160. Management Model No Guarantee of County Pension Soundness
  161. Detroit Had More Corruption in One Day Than John Oliver Found in Charter Schools Over 10 Years
  162. Survey: Most Michigan Schools Outsource Noninstructional Services
  163. Study 'Segregates' School District Borders By Ignoring Key Data
  164. The Most Important State Election This November: Michigan's Next House Speaker
  165. Petty Restrictions on Tobacco Endanger Respect for Law

    Creating unnecessary crimes weakens force of important laws

  166. Government Held to Different Standard in Environmental Matters

    Hayes discusses Kalamazoo River spill on WWMT

  167. Key Part of Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Ruled Unconstitutional

    Bond requirement challenged at Court of Appeals

  168. Michigan Plans to Close Some Top Public Schools
  169. Michigan's Underfunded Pensions: A Tale of Two Counties

    pension unfunded liability, pension funds

  170. Average Michigan Teacher Pay Nation's Highest When Adjusted for Cost of Living
  171. August 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Cut-off welfare truant scofflaws, ease stair-lift restrictions, cap government investor guarantees, raise license fees

  172. Labor's Voices Sound More False Notes On Teacher Pay
  173. Putting School Funding Inequity in Perspective

    Proposal A has not been a dismal failure

  174. Taxes Up $4.3 Million, State Money Down $200K: So Who 'Compromised' Services?
  175. Hard to Find: 'Teachers On Food Stamps'
  176. Worker’s Choice Popular in Michigan, Nationwide

    National Employee Freedom Week poll finds overwhelming support of idea

  177. Cigarette tax hike initiative a bridge too far
  178. Lessons from Muskegon Heights School Overhaul

    What DPS officials can learn from similar reforms

  179. Recycling Pop Cans Shouldn’t Make You a Felon

    Michigan still has room for improvement on overcriminalization

  180. Seventy Percent of School Districts Contract Out for Food, Custodial or Transportation Services

    Statewide survey finds continued growth in school privatization

  181. Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

    Government confiscates thousands of dollars without filing charges

  182. When Was Flint 'Run Like a Business'?
  183. Township Denies It Had Landfill Documents, County Records Say Otherwise
  184. "Rich States, Poor States" Presentation – Traverse City, MI

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Mackinac Center for Public Policy have partnered to bring Jonathan Williams, vice president of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at ALEC and co-author of the 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. Mr. Williams will discuss the policy trends over the years that helped Michigan's economy recover and what needs to be done to keep Michigan moving forward.

  185. Survey: Most Union Members Support Worker’s Choice

    Wall Street Journal features Mackinac Center concept

  186. Michigan’s Highest Taxpayers Could Soon Pay More

    New op-ed questions value of proposed RTA and Wayne RESA millages

  187. Ann Arbor Council Defies State Law, Bans Cigarette Sales to Adults Age 18 to 20
  188. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2016

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 14th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 70 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

  189. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2016

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 15th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 70 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

  190. Hoping Against History: Clinton Calls for Millions of Clean Energy Jobs
  191. Business Climate, Not Cronyism, Key to Michigan’s Future Growth

    New op-ed published in The Detroit News

  192. August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Key votes on guns, same-sex adoptions, pensions, nanny-statism

  193. Study: Ontario Should Look to Michigan

    Canadian think tank recommends following the Michigan tax reform model

  194. State Board of Education Not Immune To School Funding Myths
  195. WSU Prof Responds to CapCon Article On His Study: Readers Deserve Better
  196. Post-Bankruptcy Detroit Hasn't A Clue How Much Comp Time It Owes Employees
  197. State 'Post and Hold' Rules Economically Unsound

    Liquor laws benefit the few and the expense of the many

  198. Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians
    Just say "no" to crony capitalism
  199. WSU Prof's Report Blaming Flint Decline on 'Structural Racism' Used Bad Data
  200. Snyder Orders a State Economic 20 Year Plan
  201. Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians
  202. Financial Emergency Over: Elected Government Returns to Pontiac
    emergency manager, Pontiac
  203. Michigan Adequacy Study Shows the State Already Spends Plenty on Education
  204. How a Government Transparency Request Can Take Months
  205. You Have My Permission to Speak … Unless
  206. You Can't Do That: Township's Taxpayer-Funded Tax Hike Electioneering
  207. August 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Mandate more music, restrict fracking, surrogate moms and more

  208. Smuggling Would Rise Along with Tobacco Tax
  209. Up and Down: The Story of Teacher Salaries in Detroit
  210. Ten Facts About Government Pensions In Michigan
  211. Honest Education Discussion Requires Counting All the Dollars

    Michigan should spend smarter before spending more

  212. Michigan’s Auto Sales Regulations Lead to Higher Prices

    Free Press covers direct auto sales debate

  213. Detroit Schools Deteriorated, Questions On $500 Million Bond
  214. Addressing the Shortcomings of Probation and Parole

    Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program a success

  215. School Choice Benefits All Students

    DeGrow debates value of private schools on WalletHub

  216. MSU Car Smoking Ban Increases Potential for Community-Police Tensions
  217. Michigan Requires More Than 200 Occupational Licenses
  218. The Electric Car Future That Never Happened
  219. Economic Freedom and Well-Being Noticed by Top Official

    Michigan's economic liberty is slowly improving

  220. DNC Email Leak Reveals Party’s Feelings on Unions

    Op-ed published in The Detroit News

  221. Macomb County City Deletes Former Official's Criticism from Website
  222. After Billions in Subsidies, Just 918 Michigan Car Battery Jobs
  223. July 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    More ways for lawmakers to exhibit warm-and-fuzzy

  224. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day.

  225. Michigan to Write $1 Billion in Secret Corporate Welfare Checks in 2016
  226. A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

    Price of average home is approaching record levels

  227. Children Poisoned by Lead Shouldn't Be Turned Into A Limerick
  228. Calls to Expand Michigan’s Economic Development Programs Fall Short

    New plans don't even claim to develop the economy

  229. Why Americans Should Care the U.S. is Approaching $20 Trillion in Debt
  230. Not in a Box, Not With a Fox; GOP Didn't Cut School Funding
  231. The union wage premium: Difficult to calculate, likely overblown
  232. We're No. 1: Unemployment in Michigan Fell Faster Than Anywhere Else
  233. Michigan Crushes Korea in Corporate Welfare Handouts

    Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years

  234. Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

    New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner

  235. IMPACT July/August 2016
  236. Detroit Was Just the Beginning: The Crisis of City Pension Systems in Michigan
  237. Trust Parents or Political Appointees to Choose Best School for Kids?
  238. July 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Plates for me, plates for thee, plates for the man behind the tree

  239. MSU: You Can Be Ticketed For Smoking in Your Own Car
  240. Counting Government Workers Tells Little About the Quality of Government

    Cost and quality should be the primary concern

  241. GOP Convention Notes: 50,000 Attendees, Lots and Lots of Police
  242. Planning for Life Workshop – Suttons Bay, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  243. A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

    And a step for Michigan to follow suit

  244. Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

    Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit

  245. Criminal Justice in a Free Society

    Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative

  246. Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems
  247. Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity
  248. Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter
  249. 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration to Be Held in Midland

    Mackinac Center to co-host event with Northwood University Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise

  250. From Batting Nets to 'Hide Haulers,' Almost Everything Requires a License in Detroit
  251. No Conspiracy Behind Cheap Gas Prices, Just Good Old Supply and Demand
  252. Party In Crony Capitalism Revolt Holds Convention at Government-Owned Hotel
  253. Mark Ruffalo Wants Government to Defund the Police — But Fund His Films
  254. Imaginary Murder Pets Versus Michelle Obama

    Society uses the free market: It’s super effective!

  255. July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    More government energy debt; more subsidies for college, grocery stores and water; pension reform and more

  256. How an Ice-Making Company is Succeeding in Detroit
  257. How Some Michigan Cities Dodge the Unfunded Pension Liability Trap
  258. Reforming No-Fault Insurance Would Lower Costs, Reduce Uninsured Cars

    Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview

  259. Vet Saves Dog's Life, Family is Happy – State Sanctions Him

    The problem with occupational licensing 

  260. Drug Raids Down 75 Percent in Detroit as Police Shift Their Focus
  261. Mackinac Center Files Open Records Lawsuit Against State Government Over Flint Water Documents

    Open government requires timely information

  262. Democratic Senators Seek to Silence Debate About Global Warming
  263. No Easy Answers in Highland Park

    Students continue to flee troubled district

  264. Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

    Michigan spent millions with little to show for it

  265. Court Overrules Licensing Board, Exonerates Vet Who Saved Dog
  266. Occupational Licensing Costs Hurt Working Class Michiganders
  267. Mr. Dem House Leader, You're Still Not Entitled to Your Own Facts
  268. MSU Drops Algebra From Graduation Requirements
  269. Michigan School Funding At Record High
  270. Former Gov. Granholm Left Teaching Job at Berkeley; Husband Dan Mulhern to Teach One Class in Fall
  271. Detroit’s Top Employer No Longer a Government Entity
  272. Mackinac Center Defends Resort Owner’s Free Speech Right

    State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit

  273. Workers Could Feel Pinch of Obama’s Overtime Rule

    Vernuccio op-ed published in The Detroit News

  274. School Funding Is Complicated: One Part Goes Down But Total Goes Up
  275. Pay for New Ann Arbor Teachers Up 24-44 Percent in Four Years
  276. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt
  277. Uber Disrupts Organized Labor and a Union may get More Dues Paying Members
  278. Private Schools Could Save Michigan $750 Million a Year
  279. Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium
  280. As Municipal Golf Courses Lose Money, Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab
  281. July 1, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Repeal 'stand your ground,' assert 'right to drinking water,' make policy body camera images secret, more

  282. Lawsuit Challenges Forced Payments for Tourism Bureaus
  283. Michigan Adequacy Study Shows the State Already Spends Plenty on Education

    New study provides few clear-cut answers

  284. Mackinac Center Weighs in on State’s Education Adequacy Study

    State media covers school funding study

  285. Independence Day
  286. How Bad Investment Rate Projections Cause Pension Underfunding
  287. Here's What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools
  288. Northern Michigan Resort Owner Files Lawsuit Against Tourism Board to Reclaim His First Amendment Rights
    Mackinac Center files suit to protect property owner's free speech rights
  289. Academic Failure Forces Charter School Closure
  290. More Mythical School Funding Cuts Reported
  291. Mackinac Center Weighs In On State’s Education Adequacy Study

    Spending more money won't help unless it is spent in effective ways

  292. I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

    There aren't always easy answers to policy questions

  293. Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

    The history of transaction taxes in America

  294. Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year
  295. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  296. New Evidence: Film Incentives Still Don’t Work

    Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs

  297. Deficits Loom, But Community College Launches Athletics Program Anyway
  298. One Brighton Area Schools Administrator in Line for $58,000 Increase in Pay
  299. A $4.6 Billion Transit Millage Is a Tax Too Far for Detroit

    Time to question the benefits of the Regional Transit Authority 

  300. June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution

  301. Snyder’s Veto of Aftermarket Auto Parts Bill a Win for Consumers

    MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill

  302. Vote Sends Lake Michigan Water Outside the Great Lakes Basin
  303. Right-To-Work For More? Michigan Income Growth the Nation’s Third-Fastest
  304. MSU Scholar Ignores School Revenue Sources

    Says revenue has been cut

  305. More School Spending is Still Unlikely to Boost Achievement

    A response to a critique of ‘School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What’s the Relationship’

  306. School Budgets Stressed Alright — But Not From Mythical State ‘Cuts’
  307. Clarifying Detroit Schools Release Time Policy

    Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed

  308. Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

    New York Times covers fight to allow people to work

  309. Fewer School Districts Borrowing to Cover Expenses, But Pension Debt Rising
  310. Gov. Snyder Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

    HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses

  311. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

    Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing

  312. How They Spin 'Underfunded Schools': Ignore the Federal Money
  313. Spiking Pensions: Another MEA Executive Involved in Special Deals
  314. June 17, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session

  315. Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement
  316. Another School District-Teachers Union Pension Spiking Deal
  317. Not So Fast ... Dems Don't Get That School Spending is Up
  318. County Takes Michigan Woman's Property Over $7 Late Fee
  319. Taxpayers Spend Millions A Year on Union Activities

    Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time

  320. Ph.D. Not Good Enough, Professor: You Still Can't Teach in Detroit Schools
  321. Narrative Trumps Facts When Reporting on Detroit Public Schools
  322. June 10, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit School bailout “final answer,” require warrant for electonic data search, much more

  323. IMPACT May/June 2016
  324. You're Wrong, Senator: Many Detroit Teachers Do Earn More Than You
  325. Uber May Be Opening Door for 21st Century Unionization

    Vernuccio op-ed published in Huffington Post

  326. Need A Microscope to Find the Corporate Welfare Jobs in Michigan's Economy
  327. Time for The MEA To Recognize Right-To-Work

    Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit

  328. Pension Funding: Why Your Town is Going Broke
  329. New Study Shows Positive Effects of Ridesharing

    Introduction of Uber decreases crash rates and DUIs

  330. House Refuses to Ration School Choice for Detroit Parents, Children

    Hard work, hopeful opportunities lie ahead

  331. House Republicans 'No Way' on Detroit School Choice Restrictions
  332. Dear Teachers: Here's Why Your Salary Isn't Higher
  333. Cut Corporate Welfare to Help Balance State Budget

    Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health

  334. Lawmakers Must Preserve Choice in DPS Bailout

    Op-eds in The Detroit News and Midland Daily News

  335. Pure Michigan: An Economic Development Program That Doesn’t Create Any Development
  336. As Right-to-Work Expands, So Do Union Membership Rolls
  337. Despite Enrollment Decline, Teachers Paid More
  338. Detroit’s Economic Fortunes Won’t Get a Kick Out of Subsidizing a New Soccer Stadium
  339. Retiree Obligations, Lack of Cash Hampers Michigan's Fiscal Condition
  340. Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill?

  341. June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    School recreation taxes, raises some speed limits, disclose pension liabilities

  342. Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

    State job funds are expensive and underwhelming

  343. Michigan School Pension Debt Grows Again
  344. Michigan Private Schools Cost Significantly Less Than Public Schools
  345. The Boundaries of Educational Choice: Surveying Michigan's Private School Landscape

    Nonpublic schools serve tens of thousands of Michigan elementary and secondary students, yet a clear understanding of the state's diverse private education landscape has been lacking. While most states (including those on our borders) have enacted some kind of publicly funded choice program, Michigan private schools fight in the Legislature for a small share of funding to cover the state’s health and safety mandates. In order to expand choice, Michigan must overcome a stringent constitution, as well as some popular misconceptions about private schools.

  346. Hopeful Medicaid 'Direct Primary Care' Pilot Embraced by Senate, Gutted by House
  347. Municipal Revenues Up Despite Arguments to the Contrary

    Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture

  348. Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

    Economic freedom increases human well-being

  349. Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis
  350. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  351. Worker's Choice

    Where there’s a unionized workplace, there’s forced representation. That’s true regardless of whether a state is right-to-work or not. Even if a union can’t get a worker fired for not paying dues, the worker is still bound by union representation.

  352. The Mackinac Center at the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
  353. State Data: No Detroit Teacher Shortage
  354. Detroit Bailout's Charter School Restrictions Not About What's Best for Kids
  355. Here's How Much More Money Detroit Public Schools Has Received Over the Years
  356. Thousands of Detroit Parents Vote With Their Feet for School Choice
  357. Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike
  358. Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

    Just look at the evidence

  359. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector

  360. History Shows Delayed Adequacy Study Will Call for More Money

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average

  361. Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out To Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances
  362. A Survey of Michigan's Private Education Sector

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    According to data collected by the state, Michigan has 601 private schools that enroll about 113,000 students — about 7 percent of all students in the state. All but 14 of Michigan’s 84 counties have at least one private school operating within their boundaries. Despite the fact that private schools in Michigan are widespread, there is very little publicly available information about them. In response to this need, the Mackinac Center, with the help of the Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools, conducted a survey of private school administrators from all across the state.

  363. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio

  364. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson

  365. Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts
  366. Managed Competition Versus the Free Market, In One Photo
    Cabstand at Reagan National shows need for ridesharing
  367. School Districts Receiving More and Spending More
  368. Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion
  369. Teaching Jobs Still Getting Plenty of Applicants
  370. Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

    If the fiscal stress is so great, why keep doling out uncompetitive benefits?

  371. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Automaker protectionism, who’s the repo man, ballot initiative signatures and more

  372. State Expects to Take $2.4 Billion More; Media Cries 'Deficit!'
  373. An Uber Driver Shares His Story

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 

  374. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right

  375. 'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers
  376. Contracting Non-Instructional Services Can Help Students

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald

  377. High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

    It's about how resources are managed

  378. Mackinac Center Will Represent Teacher Suing MEA For Keeping Him In Union

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA

  379. Group Hired To Assess Michigan Education Spending Always Recommends More

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal

  380. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
  381. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
  382. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders

  383. Free Market Solutions to Problems in Health Care

    The Affordable Care Act dramatically changed the healthcare market throughout the United States and expanded the control of the federal government over healthcare policies. Despite this fact, there are still reforms that states can make that could expand the access and reduce the cost of medical services. This event will feature several experts who will discuss reforms that Michigan policymakers should consider if they want to improve healthcare services in this state.

  384. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
  385. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases

  386. Mackinac Center and Sierra Club Call For More Transparency in Michigan Government

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts

  387. Yes They Are: National Magazine Says Poor Detroit Charter Schools Not Closed
  388. Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City
  389. Fears About State Pension Underfunding Drive School Employees to Other Options
  390. Economic Interference Week

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration

  391. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Transit subsidy taxes, ban bag bans, alien drivers, grass seed warning font size

  392. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices

  393. Contaminated Water Dominates Flint Headlines, But Pension Earthquake Looms
  394. Let Consumers Use Plastic Bags

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers

  395. Why Do College Costs Skyrocket Year After Year?
  396. The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions

  397. Teaching 'Hard' - Yes, 'Underappreciated' - Maybe, but 'Underpaid' a Stretch
  398. Planning for Life Workshop – Detroit, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  399. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner

  400. delete me
  401. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
  402. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
  403. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings

  404. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers

  405. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs

  406. State Fails to Make Required Teacher Pension Fund Contribution
  407. Michigan Parents Deserve a Statewide Report Card for Schools
  408. Get Uninsured Cars Off the Road Through Reforming No-Fault
  409. Despite a Setback, Right-to-Work is Advancing Across America
  410. Detroit Schools Do Not Have 'Low Pay' or 'Crowded Classes'
  411. In Michigan, Uber Operates in a Legal Gray Area — These Bills Would Change That
  412. May 6, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, teacher strikes, state spending increases, more

  413. Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

  414. Late-night TV Misinforms on Teacher Salaries
  415. Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them
  416. Vernuccio: Teacher Sickouts Hurt Kids

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business

  417. Debate Workshops 2016
  418. House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You
  419. Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    The state isn't on the hook for most of what DPS owes

  420. Can I Catch a Ride?: Regulating Uber and Lyft in Michigan

    Ridesharing is a new service made popular by companies like Lyft and Uber. It relies on smartphones to connect those who need a ride to drivers willing to provide one — a riff on the traditional taxi system. Ridesharing has allowed thousands of Michiganders earn extra income as drivers and save money and time as riders. It currently operates in a legal gray area, because ridesharing drivers are not cabbies or chauffeurs. 

  421. Prof’s Theory: Six-Figure DPS Staff 'Thought They Deserved' Kickbacks
  422. What’s Your Bubble? A Think Tank Checks Its Privilege

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff

  423. Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record
  424. DPS Sickout Teacher Lowballs Salary in Newspaper Story
  425. State Attorneys General Wage War on Political Dissent
  426. Some Michigan Universities Spend Huge Money Subsidizing Sports
  427. Michigan Budget on Course for $7 Billion Rise Under Republicans
    Michigan budget, state budget
  428. Michigan Needs To Stop Charging Residents To Get Their Property Back

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press

  429. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Crime and Punishment: juveniles, sign breakers, fetus merchants, more

  430. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth

  431. IRS-Style Viewpoint Discrimination in Grand Rapids City Government?
  432. Tax Hike Election Coming to You Tuesday?
  433. Grand Rapids City Attorney Calls Alleged Rape Victim a 'Crack and Heroin Whore'
  434. Education Spending Not Tied To Success

    New study featured in state media

  435. West Virginia Right-to-Work May Turn on Supreme Court Race

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected

  436. Panic Over: Number of School Districts in Deficit Plummets
  437. Detroit Schools 'Misplace' $30 Million from Feds for Pensions
  438. Cigarette tax hike will increase criminal activity
  439. Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing

  440. After 10 Years of Deficits, How One District Escaped Being Dissolved
  441. State Employees' Average Cost Up to $117,000
  442. State of Michigan Employees Averaged 10 Sick Days Last Year
  443. More from Taxpayers, But State Corporate Welfare Taking More Too
  444. April 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    School tax hikes, cash-only for rims, bigger fonts on seed warnings

  445. Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters?'
  446. New 'Rich States, Poor States' Index Released

    Michigan improves slightly

  447. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan

  448. Why Some Teachers Prefer a 401(k) Over a Pension
  449. Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district

  450. Bankrupt Detroit Still Refuses Property Sales to Charter Schools
  451. Worker’s Choice Solves Free-/Forced-Rider Problem in Wisconsin

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications

  452. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber

  453. 'Level' Playing Field for Detroit Charter Schools?
  454. Detroit Free Press, USA Today Publish Letter Dispelling Charter School Myth

    Charter schools may not refuse students selectively

  455. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News

  456. MEDC's Priority: Defend Its Budget
  457. Duggan Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters
  458. Government Has Probably Made You A Tax Cheat
  459. Michigan Parole Bill Would Revise Standards for Prisoner Release
  460. Pope Francis Favors School Choice

    Educating children a “primary” and “inalienable” right of parents

  461. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ban “cyber revenge porn,” authorize Pet Protection Orders, rapist fathers’ rights, yoga regulation

  462. New Study: No Correlation Between School Spending and Student Outcomes

    Study finds spending more on Michigan schools doesn’t increase achievement

  463. Which Firms To Get $1 Billion from State Taxpayers? None of Your Business
  464. Closing Pensions for State Employees in 1990s Saved Michigan Millions Today

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform

  465. School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What's the Relationship?

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    Does Michigan devote enough money to primary and secondary education? Do school districts receive enough revenue to ensure the vast majority of enrolled students graduate college or career ready? How much does it cost to provide a quality educational experience? These are the types of questions for which the Michigan Legislature recently paid nearly $400,000 to obtain some answers.

    These answers would clearly be helpful to policymakers who determine how many tax dollars to allocate to schools. But these concerns about the adequate level of school funding are based in part on the common assumption that spending more on K-12 schools will generate better academic outcomes. A more fundamental question that policymakers might want to answer before determining the appropriate level of funding for schools is: What is the relationship between school spending and student achievement in Michigan?

    That is the question this paper attempts to answer.

    To read a response to a critique of this study, click here.

  466. Local Ballot Initiatives Target Police, Prosecutors Confiscating Property
  467. Mackinac Center Names New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

    Welcoming John Mozena

  468. MSU Prof Calls Republicans 'Dying White People,' Receives Raises
  469. Top Rated School Could Be Closed in Battle Creek
  470. Pure Flummery: Seeing Double on Corporate Welfare Spin

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare

  471. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

    Don't restrict opportunity for 'historically disadvantaged' student groups

  472. Michigan Motorcycle Deaths Decline Since Helmet Mandate Repeal
  473. Economy Threatened By Aging of Michigan's Soo Locks
  474. April 8, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Require schools teach sexual and internet etiquette; impose mileage tax; a teen court

  475. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

    State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do

  476. Number of State Employees Who Make $100,000+ Up 50 Percent Under Snyder
  477. How to Ease the Coming Physician Shortage

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help

  478. Clock Ticking on School Adequacy Study
  479. It's Time for Scope of Practice Reform

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access

  480. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News

  481. Ride Sharing
  482. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
  483. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take

  484. Governor, Legislature Clash Over E-Cigarette Regulations
  485. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation
  486. Michigan Senator: Employer Mandates Are For Other People
  487. Ban Closing a Detroit School, No Matter How Bad?
  488. Michigan Should Make Detroit Public Schools an All-Charter System
  489. End the 21st Century Jobs Fund
  490. Safe Drinking Water or Subsidize Ads for Resorts?
  491. April 1 Michigan Legislature Weekly Roll Call Report
    Constitutional amendments on same sex marriage, legalized pot, “referendum-proofing” bills and more
  492. Mackinac Video Featured in The Washington Post

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom

  493. Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report
  494. Michigan Households Paid $9 Each for Batman v. Superman
  495. 'Pure Michigan or Pure Puffery?' Op-ed Published In The Times Herald

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent

  496. Another Reason for Information Deficits on Flint Water Crisis
  497. Truckers See Local Fines as a Cash Grab
  498. Hung Supreme Court Delays Freedom for Public Employees

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold

  499. Hohman in LSJ: Road Tax Hike to Fund Medicaid Expansion

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.

  500. Puffery or Proof? The Business of Tourism Subsidy 'Budget Justification'
  501. A Hopeful Vision for Education in Detroit

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.

  502. Four Questions About the Detroit Public Schools Plan
  503. Feds: Multimillion Dollar Detroit Public School Scam Ran for 13 Years
  504. How Michigan's School Rankings Aggravate Social Tensions
  505. March Madness Office Pools: Illegal, But Tolerated
  506. Need a Job? Michigan's Unemployment Rate Better than U.S. Average
  507. Are Michigan's Record Labor Force Gains Real?

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?

  508. The Republicans Who Voted to Ration School Choice in Detroit
  509. Republican Senate Bails Out Detroit Schools, Rations School Choice
  510. Skorup in Midland Daily News on Occupational Licensure

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers

  511. Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools
  512. R.I. Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal to Cost State Money
  513. When Obstructionist Teachers Unions Applaud the Senate Republicans ...
  514. Michigan House Passes Bill Eliminating Forfeiture Bonding

    Would repeal a requirement that people post a bond to recover property that was sized without a criminal conviction

  515. The Real Story Behind the Feds Pursuing 'Climate Change Deniers'
  516. Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy on Senate Passage of DPS Bills

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices

  517. Holding Back Social Promotion: Florida’s Example Promises Stronger Readers

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work

  518. Supposed To Be For the Children
  519. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
  520. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state

  521. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, extra liquor license for big stores, digital assets

  522. U-M Economist: 'Michigan's Economy is Doing Great'
  523. More People Looking for Jobs and Fewer People Not Finding Them
  524. March Madness Betting Pools are Illegal in Michigan

    Bet with friends at your own risk

  525. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group

  526. State Rankings Penalize Schools for Having More Poor Kids
  527. IMPACT March/April 2016
  528. Local Grocery Bag Bans Coming? Not If These Legislators Prevail
  529. New Bill Fixes a Pension Problem, Leaves Major Problem Untouched

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding

  530. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News

  531. Bill Would Let Detroit Schools Collect Automated 'Photocop' Traffic Fines
  532. State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live
    Another reason to loosen labor regulations
  533. Teachers Union Spends Little of Its Funds on Bargaining
  534. Screening of 'Poverty, Inc.'

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  535. No Auto Bailout, but Johnson Controls Got Big Government Subsidies
  536. Who’s Picking Up the Tab?
  537. March 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Stale” petition signatures, bank examiner powers, arson burns

  538. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
  539. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election

  540. 'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite
  541. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving

  542. Despite Candidate Rhetoric, Michigan Exports to Mexico Continue to Gain

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


    Most union members have never had a say in which union represents them in their workplace. This is because once a union is certified, it normally maintains that certification indefinitely. When new employees start on the job, they are simply given a union card and told which union is representing them — they have no voice in the matter. 

  544. Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me
  545. DeGrow Letter Published in Wall Street Journal

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president

  546. Gov. Snyder Releases 21,730 Flint Documents, No Charge; City Wants $172,000
  547. NPR Quotes Hohman to Correct Sanders

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes

  548. Michigan Corporate Welfare’s Secret Giveaway: $1 Billion in 2016

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets

  549. Trump, Snyder Agree: More Visas for Foreigners With Degrees

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate

  550. Why Can't Detroit Go to all Charter Schools Like New Orleans?
  551. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Boosting Economic Growth
  552. You Are Paying for Local Government Tax Hike Ads
  553. A Path to Real Regulatory Reform: Decrease Michigan’s Licensing Burden
  554. Highly Paid Officials Don't Always Equal High Public School Performance
  555. Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

    The way to catch up on underfunding is not to rope more people in

  556. March 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Teens with liquor, bikers without a license, DNR double dipping
  557. Public Records and the Office of the Governor

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states

  558. In Grand Rapids, Your Home is Not Always Your Castle
  559. Michigan's Highest Paid School Employees (No. 1 Makes $368,836)
  560. Maryland Cigarette Excise Tax Hike Proposal Irresponsible
  561. Don’t Limit Workers’ Right to Work

    Bill would allow employees to vote on right-to-work

  562. Here’s Where Teachers Get the Highest Pay in Michigan
  563. West Virginia Excise Tax Hike Proposal Invites Smugglers

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue

  564. Court: Can't Prove Union Encouraged Sickouts; Union Boasts of Them In Newsletter
  565. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  566. In 20 Years, Only Two Corporate Welfare Recipients Created 1,000+ Jobs
  567. Why Don't Detroit's Most Successful Public Schools Get More Praise?
  568. February 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Reasonable” government electioneering, save sweltering children, teach the Holocaust

  569. Charter School Group Demands Apology from Detroit Free Press Columnist
  570. Wright Discusses Scalia on Let it Rip

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge

  571. Cherry-Picking Michigan Charter Data Leads to Wrong Conclusions

    Based on the best evidence, charter schools are a net benefit

  572. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

    Two articles examine right-to-work in West Virginia and across the country

  573. Friedrichs Case Petitioners: For Want of a Justice
  574. Grand Rapids: Michigan's Boomtown

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak

  575. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context

  576. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
  577. February Viewpoints

    Analysis of Worker's Comp, DPS Reform and Income Inequality in Michigan

  578. The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  579. If You Can't Believe Huffington Post on Charter Schools ...
  580. Average New York Teachers Makes $76,000 — Media Ignores to Exaggerate ‘Attacks'
  581. Michigan Public Schools Get More Money than Ever to Cover Operations
  582. Poor Cities Don't Equal Underfunded Public Schools
  583. February 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water rebates, raises for judges, more sap for you

  584. Democrats Want Higher Minimum Wage for Others While Paying Their Workers Nothing
  585. Free Press Quotes LaFaive on Arena Deal

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue

  586. Union Official Peddles False Figures in Teacher Pay Complaint
  587. Let Them Work: Solutions for Michigan’s Overbearing Occupational Licensing Laws

    Occupational licensing is now the biggest issue in labor economics, with even more of an effect than unions.  On a national basis 25 percent of all Americans need the government’s permission and specific credentials before they can work.  That is more than twice as many people who are members of unions—11 percent and declining—and 25 times the number who earn the minimum wage.

  588. Unions are Super PACS
  589. IMPACT January/February 2016
  590. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released

  591. Legislation Would Prevent State From Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid
  592. The Context and Performance Report Card: Public Elementary and Middle Schools, 2015
  593. Bill Would Fine 'Aggressive' Panhandlers
  594. LaFaive and Nesbit Op-ed Published in Lincoln Journal Star

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling

  595. Setting the Record Straight on Teacher Pay Won't 'Destroy Public Education'
  596. Historic District Horror Stories
  597. Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales
  598. Majority of States in Country Are Now Right-to-Work

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto

  599. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions

  600. State Officials Lose Official Representation in Flint Water Lawsuit
  601. State Will Collect $725 Million More Next Year
  602. Governor’s Budget Pays for Medicaid Expansion with a Gas Tax

    And spending continues to increase

  603. Speed Trap Empire Strikes Back at Reform Effort
  604. Higher Education Subsidies: Is College More ‘Affordable’ for Those Who Don’t Go?

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers

  605. Marquette County Takes on EPA
  606. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
  607. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom

  608. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work

  609. Put Parents in the Drivers Seat of Detroit School Reform
  610. Inequality in Michigan: Not As Bad As You Think
  611. New Bills Would Put Teeth Into Ignored Teacher Strike Law
  612. Michigan Worker’s Compensation Reforms Have Succeeded
  613. Karl Marx the Most Assigned Text at Michigan Colleges
  614. Your Tax Return Fundraises For These Nonprofits
  615. West Virginia House Vote Could Tip National Scale on Right-to-Work

    State poised to become 26th right-to-work state

  616. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water bill rebates, dark skies, tax breaks for developers

  617. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury

  618. Poor Decisions, Not Funding System, Fuel Detroit Schools’ Woes

    DPS has benefited from state loan program

  619. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy

  620. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
  621. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
  622. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better

  623. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism

  624. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
  625. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
  626. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter

  627. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
  628. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 

  629. Like Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering for Tax Hikes? Here’s a Bill for You

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions

  630. Bills Would Repeal Legislators', Governor's Open Records Law Exemptions
  631. College Grads Attracted to Opportunity Before Bike Lanes

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all

  632. Big Turnout, Crossover Voters May Spice Up Michigan's Presidential Primary
  633. Stage Set For West Virginia to Become Next Right-to-Work State
  634. Taxing Matters: Michigan's Middling Rank

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made

  635. Right-to-Work States Have Faster Income Growth
  636. Government’s Free Pass to Trespass

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable

  637. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks

  638. In Memoriam: Bruce Beerbower
  639. State: 'Secure Our Future' NOT Code for 'Vote Yes on Tax Hike' (wink, wink)
  640. House May Push Back Against Snyder's Detroit School Plan
  641. Vernuccio Testifies on Right-to-Work in West Virginia

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom

  642. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers

  643. Director of Research Speaks at Operation Action U.P.

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation

  644. Debate Rages Over How Often Government Pushes For A 'Yes' Vote on Tax Hikes
  645. Give Michigan Special-Needs Students Fair Access to the Best Options

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice

  646. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options

  647. Myth-Busting the Michigan 'Gag Order' Law
    What Senate Bill 571 actually does
  648. Senate Acts, House Dallies on Pension Spiking and Union Release Time Bills
  649. Detroit Teachers Make More Than Twice Average Household
  650. It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

    It's time to expand public records transparency

  651. Whistleblowers Allege Police Pension Spiking Scheme
  652. Correct Union Right-to-Work Analogy: Like Firing Vegetarians for Not Buying Meat
  653. Center Featured in West Virginia Media

    West Virginia could become 26th right-to-work state

  654. Pension Reform Failure Cost Michigan Taxpayers $6 Billion or More

    It harms current employees and retirees as well

  655. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  656. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  657. Bills Impose Accountability on Powerful Historic Districts
  658. Detroit is Not Really Tracking the 'Comp Time' of its Employees
  659. Michigan Can Do More On Occupational Licensing
    Free event in Lansing next month
  660. January 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more

  661. Don't Blame Lack of Money for Deplorable Conditions in Detroit Schools
  662. Removing Someone Else's Dog Collar Could Mean Jail Time
  663. In West Virginia Right-to-Work Debate, Unions Re-Use Scare Story Script
  664. Hit Rewind: Union Trots Out False 'School Cuts' Claim (Again)
  665. How the Flint Water Story Was Uncovered
  666. Group Seeks to Press Tesla Sales Issue in Lansing
  667. Indicted Detroit Principal Claims Robin Hood Status, Collected Six-Figure Paychecks
  668. Republican Senators Propose Sales Tax Increase for Roads
  669. Pity the Pollsters: Cellphones Complicate Fraught Process
  670. West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State
  671. CON Law Restricts Patient Access to Critical Health Care Services

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme

  672. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more

  673. Money, Not Governance, Appears Main Focus of New Detroit School Proposal
  674. Read This Or You May Die
  675. Michigan Universities Doing Just Fine

    And without more taxpayer money

  676. City: Vote 'Yes' On Tax Hike or You May Die
  677. The Numbers Behind Upcoming Adequacy Study

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding

  678. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
  679. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit

  680. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform

  681. Pravda Worked for the Kremlin, Why Not Here?
  682. In Michigan, $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes
  683. Supreme Court Tone Appears to Favor Ending Agency Fees to Unions
  684. Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

    Friedrichs is a case study in how unions can benefit some at the expense of others

  685. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press

  686. Detroit District Teachers Stage Sickout; Charter Teachers Go to Work
  687. Detroit Teacher Sickout Strike Causes 80 Percent of Students to Miss School
  688. This Supreme Court Case Could Forever Change Government Unions
  689. State Legislature Looking to Address Detroit School Sickouts
  690. Union Officials Spin Lawsuit Doom and Disinformation, Members Don’t Buy It
  691. Ratepayers vs. Monopoly: How Will Next Utilities Commissioner Rule?
  692. Michigan Voters Will Now Have to Select Their Politicians Individually
  693. Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues
  694. Mackinac Center Subject of SEIU Protest

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue

  695. New Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering Restrictions Anger Local Government Tax Hikers
  696. Fewer Opportunity Seekers Flee Michigan

    The number of customers heading out of Michigan was largely offset by the number moving into the state.

  697. MEA Announces Violation of Right-to-Work Law, Says Members May Leave at Anytime

    Notice published in official magazine

  698. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
  699. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers

  700. Star Wars Made $1 Billion in 10 Days; Feds Spend That Much During Every Showing
  701. Political Reasons, Not Economic Ones, Keep Corporate Welfare Agency Alive
  702. Weekly Standard Features Mackinac Center Research

    Examining government alcohol control across the country

  703. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local

  704. Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
  705. Michigan’s Walkathon Ban: A Repeal 80 Years in the Making
  706. Schools Seek New Property Tax Powers
  707. Use a Charter School Board to Reorganize Detroit Public Schools
  708. Schools and Locals Electioneer for Tax Hikes, State Nods
  709. What You Read Last Year: Our Top Stories of 2015
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