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  1. Planning for Life Workshop – Traverse City, MI

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


     
  2. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

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


     
  3. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle

    Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, but with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by companies like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win.


     
  4. Fighting for Free Speech on Michigan University Campuses

    Some institutions of higher education have cracked down on free speech. Even in Michigan, universities have speech codes that restrict students’ speech, campus groups have prevented speakers from delivering talks and administrators have stopped individuals from handing outcertain literature.


     
  5. Incentive Programs Fail: Evidence is All Too Clear
    Center Scholar Speaks to Tax Group in Florida
     
  6. Top Legislative Leaders Make School Pension Reform Their Top Budget Issue
     
  7. Teacher Wears Pizza Uniform From Second Job To Protest Pay
     
  8. Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More
    May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  9. Conflicted: Unions Call Nonmembers ‘Free Riders,’ But Insist on Representing Them
     
  10. Writer Insinuates Racial Politics in DeVos’ Hometown, But Events Rebut Claim
     
  11. State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse
    Tantamount to only brushing your teeth when you go to the dentist
     
  12. Did You Know? Post-Water Crisis, Fed and State Money Pours Into Flint
     
  13. Pension Shortfall Since 2009 is Enough to Give Every Teacher a $180K Bonus
     
  14. Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
    If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student
     
  15. School District Spent $275,000 in Public Dollars on Tax Hike Vote
     
  16. Michigan Teachers Are the Nation’s Highest Paid
     
  17. Official State Plan for Failing Schools: Meetings, Plans, Discussions, More Plans
     
  18. School Funding in Michigan Reaches All-Time High
    Record revenues for schools likely will continue
     
  19. Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax
    May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  20. Astroturf? Facebook Page Promotes Union Politics Under Tea Party Flag
     
  21. If US Relied on Solar, Not Coal, 12 Million Workers Would Need to Be Repurposed
     
  22. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation

    You may not have seen them on the highway yet, but autonomous vehicles are here. The potential benefits of this and related technologies are immense. But they also present new and unique regulatory and infrastructure challenges for state and local governments. Brent Skorup of the Mercatus Center has written extensively on these issues and will lay out the principles and practices policymakers should pursue when determining how to regulate these new technologies.


     
  23. Why Michigan Has a Pension Problem
    Everyone wants to avoid responsibilities on retiree benefits
     
  24. National Park Service Spends $506k to Promote Old Cars
     
  25. If School Pensions are ‘Vital,’ They Should Have Been Properly Funded
    School employees are the state's largest creditors
     
  26. Michigan Democrats Vote to Give Detroit Schools Money for Students Who Don't Go There
     
  27. Unions for Underfunding
    Claims of AFSCME aside, an underfunded pension plan benefits from closing it, not keeping it open
     
  28. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation
    Free event in Lansing to explore emerging vehicle technologies
     
  29. Study Suggests Segregation Hurting Battle Creek Schools’ Budget
     
  30. Not Taxed Enough? How About Now? Is It Ever Enough for Special Interests?
     
  31. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
     
  32. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
     
  33. Michigan Public School Enrollment Down 25 Percent Since 1978
     
  34. Michigan Motorists Taxed More; Media and Special Interests Say ‘Not Enough’
     
  35. A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes
    May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  36. Mackinac Center Welcomes James Barrett to Board
    Past Michigan Chamber president brings public, private sector expertise to free-market think tank
     
  37. Zero Dollars For Michigan Infrastructure? Only If $4 Billion For Transportation Not Counted
     
  38. Union Says Don’t Change Pension System, But Most Teachers Get No Pension
     
  39. Why Trump is Wrong About Trade

    There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will make the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.


     
  40. Do Renewables Really Make Economic Sense?
    Let’s find out by letting them compete in a free market
     
  41. Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income
    Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money
     
  42. Let People Rent Out Their Property
    New bills would let homeowners use Airbnb, other services
     
  43. How to Stop the 'Dues Skim' of Federal Home Health Care and Child Care Funding

    A PDF copy of this study is available.

    Introduction

    United States taxpayers currently spend $545 billion annually on the federal government’s Medicaid program. This money is meant to aid the disabled and vulnerable and to support low-income families. However, millions of these dollars are being redirected before they ever reach the people they are meant to support.

    About $41.5 billion of Medicaid funds are sent to states through the Home and Community-Based Services “waiver” program.This waiver allows those eligible for Medicaid — individuals suffering from a disability, illness or other affliction — to use these funds to pay for in-home care, as opposed to enrolling in an institution. These in-home services are often provided by family members or friends, or other local, independent providers. Medicaid payments are sent directly to these providers on behalf of their Medicaid-eligible “client.”

     


     
  44. Big Pension Bite Likely On Kellogg's $51 Million Battle Creek Schools Gift
     
  45. Congressional Science Spending Largely Untouched
    Federal spending bill lets the air out of protestor’s tires
     
  46. Michigan House Considers Constitutional Amendment to Protect Data
    Proposed law would provide urgently required protections to individual rights to privacy and property in Michigan
     
  47. Operating Some of Michigan's Best Public Schools is Not A Crime
     
  48. Support Young Entrepreneurs at the Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Free, public event showcases the next generation of job creators
     
  49. Central Academy Excels on High School Report Card
    Ann Arbor charter builds cultural awareness, character
     
  50. Mackinac Center Praises Lawmakers Trying To Hold Pure Michigan Program Accountable
    One Democratic lawmaker tried to defund multi-million dollar program; others calling for investigation into unsubstantiated ROI claims
     
  51. Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence, Imply Tourism Officials
    Tourism officials make claims they can’t support
     
  52. Legislature Overhauls Michigan’s Criminal Justice System
     
  53. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
     
  54. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
     
  55. How Much Are Goldfish Worth? $4.3M If Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
     
  56. Schools in Poorer Towns ‘Poorly Funded’ — If You Don't Count All Their Funding
     
  57. False Assertions Abound about Green Energy Program
    Will DTE support true consumer choice in electricity?
     
  58. Big Handouts for Developers, OK to Warm Up Car in Driveway, Social Media Games
    May 5, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  59. Legally Innocent, Yet Behind Bars
    Michigan’s cash bail system means pre-trial justice may not be so just
     
  60. Matthew Elliott: The Brains Behind Brexit

    Matthew Elliott is a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and one of the United Kingdom’s foremost political campaigners, having recently served as the CEO of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 European Union referendum. He led the 2011 NOtoAV campaign against the Alternative Vote, and turned what was a strong majority in favor of changing Britain’s voting system to a strong majority against.


     
  61. Dem Amendment Would Define Michigan's Top High School As Criminal Enterprise
     
  62. Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill
    Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment
     
  63. Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote
     
  64. A Better Way to Fund Universities
    Give the money to students
     
  65. Court of Appeals Unanimously Rules Against MEA’s ‘August Window’; Upholds Teachers’ Right to Work
    Not a single judge agreed with the union on this issue
     
  66. 28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time
     
  67. ‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat
    State aid for colleges still wasteful
     
  68. It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture
    The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders
     
  69. Should Construction Workers Pay Taxes to Billionaires?
    Under proposed legislation, some of them would
     
  70. Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District
     
  71. Election Today! And Plenty of Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering, Too
     
  72. Legislature Considers Reopening a Closed Business Subsidy Program
    Good Jobs For Michigan is a repackaged MEGA
     
  73. Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk
    Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management
     
  74. Former Legislator Over-the-Top on Lobbyists Lying
     
  75. Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools
     
  76. Feds Subsidize Solar Cell Maker - And Its Customer
     
  77. Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft
    April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  78. Grand Rapids is a Regional Leader in Attracting People
    City leads Minneapolis and Chicago in population growth
     
  79. Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements
     
  80. Teachers Union Claims Poverty Is Growing In Michigan — But It’s Not
     
  81. The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension
     
  82. Back to the MEGA Future: Good Jobs for Michigan Reinvents Failed MEGA Program
    Proposed law shares remarkable similarities with old, failed law
     
  83. Larry Reed Versus ‘Smug, Arrogant, Self-Righteous, PC, Campus Insanity’
    Mackinac Center founder bullied by leftist authoritarians while giving lecture on ancient Rome
     
  84. It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant
     
  85. After Obamacare: How Michigan Can Deliver on Patient-Centered Health Care

    Obamacare repeal-and-replace is underway, and regardless of whether it passes or fails big, changes are coming for Michigan’s medical services and insurance industry, and the state’s social welfare system, especially Medicaid.


     
  86. Save Closures for Truly Failing Schools
    Context needed for decisions, whether by state or local officials
     
  87. Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes
     
  88. Nothing More Certain Than Taxes and School Officials Wanting More of Them
     
  89. Official Would Need 7-Day, 14-Hour Schedule to Juggle Three City Jobs
     
  90. Switchblades, Slingshots, Sneaky School Debt Schemes and More
    April 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  91. Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies
     
  92. Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy
    Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it
     
  93. Another Michigan School District, Another False Union ‘Teacher Pay Cuts’ Story
     
  94. Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously
     
  95. Dear House Tax Committee: Pure Michigan Return on Investment Not Validated
    State Rep. Jim Tedder asks the right question
     
  96. Net Domestic Migration by County
    Michigan county gains and losses
     
  97. While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests
     
  98. Excessive Lawmaking Road to ‘Regiment Every Aspect of Society and Commerce’
    Lawmakers "regiment every aspect of society"
     
  99. What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature
    Good for politicians and well-connected businesses, bad for Michigan
     
  100. Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant
     
  101. State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole
     
  102. Some Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    April 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  103. Dem Candidate For Governor Says: Preserve Failed Detroit Schools, Close Charters
     
  104. Interest on School Pension Underfunding Could Pay Entire Prison System Cost
     
  105. Wake-Up Call Helps Rural School Bloom
    Bloomingdale leaves state watch list
     
  106. Detroit School Enrollment Reaches Historic Low
     
  107. Michigan Pothole Hotline Has More Business This Year
    Call or fill out a form to request a repair
     
  108. Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One
    Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs
     
  109. Pension Funding Best Practices Remembered
    But only when they serve bureaucrat Interests
     
  110. If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?
     
  111. Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington
    Trump’s Regulatory Affairs Director appears serious, and she has a record
     
  112. Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law, More Left to Do
    Enacting some long-overdue reforms should pave the way to pass several others this year
     
  113. Property Tax Bills May Spike Due To School Pension Underfunding
     
  114. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
    Legislators are considering it
     
  115. The Failing Business of Business Favors
    What would you say you do around here?
     
  116. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2017-2018
     
  117. School Claims Its Tax Hike Emails Don't Invade Privacy - but Opponent's Would
     
  118. Fighting Fake News With Deceptive Cartoons
     
  119. School Inc. Could Open Michigan Viewers’ Eyes
    New documentary closely follows major Arizona choice law
     
  120. These Seven Proposals Would Change Michigan’s Constitution
    April 7, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  121. Democrat Told Occupiers 'Too Much Corporate Politics’; Votes for More in 2017
     
  122. Don't Force Charter Schools Into State Pension Plan
     
  123. Up in the Dumps
    Michigan landfill business is booming
     
  124. Out, Out, Brief Candle!
    Could Mr. Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order mean the end of life on Earth?
     
  125. Proposed Wind Turbines In Michigan County Taller Than 'Mighty Mac'
     
  126. Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency
    Public records now at public’s fingertips
     
  127. Michigan Treasury Erroneously Sent Out a $14.5 Million Check
     
  128. State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets
     
  129. Planting Trees in Vacant Parking Lots to Save Great Lakes
     
  130. Ann Arbor School Board Member: Have Charters Contribute to Public School Pension Fund
     
  131. State Should Review Supreme Court Pay
    Salaries have been frozen for 15 years
     
  132. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
     
  133. Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough
     
  134. Ex-Offenders Are Closing the Gap
     
  135. Legislative Testimony
     
  136. Michigan Incomes Up Strong After 4 Years of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’
     
  137. Children of Monsters: The Strange Lives of Children of Dictators

    Please join us at Northwood University as Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, presents his book "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators."


     
  138. The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan
     
  139. No Government? No Problem
    Michiganders create innovations, not merely solutions, when problem-solving
     
  140. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
    It's time for free-market reformers to act
     
  141. More Corporate Handouts, Water Down Graduation Standards, Breathalyzed Minors
    March 31, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  142. How Lansing Dodges Tax Cuts
     
  143. Hybrid Plan Did Not Fix School Retirement System
    It is at risk of underfunding and has barely enough assets
     
  144. 1,400 Michigan Wind Turbines Needed To Replace The Palisades Nuclear Plant
     
  145. Michael Moore: Trump Rule Change Means Human Extinction
     
  146. Trust Parents with School Grading System
    No good reason to complicate or hide information
     
  147. Michigan to Pay $660 Million in Secret Corporate Giveaways This Year
     
  148. Media's Attacks on DeVos Rife with Factual Inaccuracies
     
  149. Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy
    Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan
     
  150. Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault
    Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers
     
  151. Meet the New Detroit School District: Fewer Students, More Expenses, a Deficit
     
  152. A Case for Popular ISD Board Elections
    Agencies spending more of state’s K-12 tax dollars
     
  153. IMPACT March/April 2017
     
  154. Money For Nothing: Best Teachers’ Pay Stagnates While ‘Ineffectives’ Get Raise
     
  155. Better Managed Moose Get $203k From 'Critical' Great Lakes Funds
     
  156. You, Too, Can Be A Certified Media Fact-Checker For Just $99
     
  157. Why Mackinac Published Names and Wages of Government Workers in a Searchable Database
    The information belongs to the people
     
  158. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  159. Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling
    March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  160. An Empire of Smuggled Smokes
    New York's cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back
     
  161. Union Privileges Cost Veterans
    Providing unions with "official time" hurts the important work of the VA
     
  162. Do High Tax States Grow Faster?
     
  163. Great Lakes Restoration: $62k For 'Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience'
     
  164. Mackinac Center Temporarily Removes Some State Employee Salaries from Database After Questioning Accuracy of State Data
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
     
  165. Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
     
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  167. Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills
     
  168. Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay
     
  169. Wellspring Prep Growing Strong
    Diverse Grand Rapids charter readies kids for college
     
  170. Good With His Hands, But Sidelined By Massage License Requirement
     
  171. Governor's Tourism Conference Must Address Pure Michigan Shortfalls
    Mackinac Center analyst offers counterpoint to state’s promotion campaign
     
  172. Henry Ford Community College Gets 'Yellow Light' Rating for Speech Code
     
  173. $581k In Great Lakes Restoration Money For Mohawk Tribe To Talk Fish, Tribal Beliefs
     
  174. Michigan Wants to Fine Schools for Indian Mascots But Not for Violating State Laws
     
  175. Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime
    Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue
     
  176. Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More
    March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  177. In the Battle for Jobs, Subsidy Programs Shoot Blanks
    More subsidies won’t improve economy
     
  178. Statement on the FY2018 Federal Budget Blueprint
    Lots of details to work out, but budget deserves recognition
     
  179. Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'
     
  180. The Value of Pipelines (and Line 5) to Michigan
    Testimony from the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board
     
  181. Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies
    Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more
     
  182. Extra Caution Needed On 'Average' Teacher Salary Claims
     
  183. State Government Workforce Up First Time In 7 Years
     
  184. Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills
    Senate bills 111-115 being considered
     
  185. Licensing: Fact vs. Fiction FAQ
     
  186. Michigan's Occupational Licensing Requirements
     
  187. License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing
    Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy
     
  188. This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

    Click here for a PDF of the full study.

    The Declaration of Independence lists the “pursuit of happiness” as one of Americans’ “unalienable rights.” For most, this includes the ability to pursue a vocation of their choice. But occupational licensure laws stand in the way of many people trying to exercise this right. For too many people, the right to pursue their dreams has been halted by governments that require them to jump through hoops, pay fees and meet other often arbitrary and inconsistent requirements.

    This report gathers data on every occupational license in Michigan. It describes the impact and costs of licensure laws, as documented in the empirical research that has been conducted on this issue. It explains how and why licensing requirements are typically created, but also outlines some of the fundamental problems with a broad licensing regime. Finally, it compares Michigan’s licensing requirements to those of other states and makes recommendations for how the state could reform occupational licensure for the benefit of job-seekers and entrepreneurs and for the state’s economy as a whole.


     
  189. Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District
     
  190. Average Teacher Pay in Macomb County's Utica District: $80k
     
  191. Michigan Has Reversed the Flow of Interstate Migration with Illinois
    Illinois used to gain net population from Michigan
     
  192. The Secrecy of 'Pure Michigan'
     
  193. The Best-Paying Public School Districts In Michigan
     
  194. $135k To Study Insects Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
     
  195. HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency
    This should be ‘science 101’
     
  196. How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable
    Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017
     
  197. Republicans, Pursue Your Agenda with Gusto
    Advice for the Legislative majority
     
  198. Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names
     
  199. Property Taxes Are Michigan Governments' Largest Money Maker
     
  200. Some Small Tax Breaks, But Total State Tax Collections Rise Faster
     
  201. Close To Immortal: Michigan Won't Close Failing Public Schools After All
     
  202. Michigan Medicaid Patient Can't Find Care, So She Pays For Innovative Alternative
     
  203. How Many College Bureaucrats Does It Take To Answer A Records Request?
     
  204. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
    Online charters already perform OK for much less money
     
  205. Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers
    March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  206. Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan
    After four long years of debate, change has finally arrived
     
  207. $750k 'Great Lakes' Grant Included Reverting Golf Course To Natural State
     
  208. Affluent School Districts Benefit From Expanded State 'At Risk' Spending
     
  209. Ridesharing Gets Rolling in Michigan
    Massive expansion after sensible regulations passed
     
  210. Applications Open for Second Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Children ages 6-14 encouraged to apply
     
  211. Ideas Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree On
    Plenty of middle ground, even in a divisive political climate
     
  212. Obscure Websites and Protecting Great Lakes
     
  213. Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say
     
  214. Debate Resources: Public Forum Topic Posts
     
  215. Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform
    Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor
     
  216. Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture
    Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan
     
  217. More Transparency on the Way in Michigan
    Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public
     
  218. Here's Who Runs U-M Office that Took 106 Days To Release Four Emails
     
  219. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time

    As police departments seek to reduce crime, restore trust in law enforcement and improve the strained relationship between officers and civilians, many have begun shifting to more community-oriented operations.


     
  220. Upper Peninsula Democrat Breaks With Party On Vote To Cut State Income Tax
     
  221. Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations
    SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems
     
  222. Tax Hike Cost Michigan Households $1000
    Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes
     
  223. U-M Refuses to Disclose Its President's Politicking
     
  224. Baldwin High School Beats the Odds
    Unique rural community bolstered by college focus, innovative initiatives
     
  225. A Glimmer of Hope for Job-Seeking Ex-Offenders
    Corrections Department could hire former prisoners under proposed bill
     
  226. Give Michigan Drivers Relief from High Auto Insurance Premiums
     
  227. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend Another $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
     
  228. Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader
     
  229. /licensing -> /licensure
     
  230. Schools' Double Whammy: Declining Enrollment, Soaring Pension Expense
     
  231. Great Lakes Cash 'Critical' — Really?
     
  232. Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability
    March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  233. Miggy's City Income Tax Bill = $152,899
     
  234. Repressive Speech Codes At Michigan Community Colleges Model PC Universities
     
  235. Detroit Redefines 'Annual' To Take Much Bigger Income Tax Bite From Pro Athletes
     
  236. Mackinac Center Sues University of Michigan Over Open Records Violation
    Journalist waits more than 100 days for university to supply four emails
     
  237. Detroit Policy From a Free-Market Perspective
    Ideas for the city in advance of the Detroit Policy Conference
     
  238. This Isn't Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers
     
  239. Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High
     
  240. Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions
    Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers
     
  241. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time
    Free event in Lansing to discuss community policing
     
  242. Environmental Policy Initiative
    Guiding Principles
     
  243. Michigan Can Afford a Tax Cut
    State revenue has grown for years
     
  244. Families Paying $1 Billion More In State Income Tax
     
  245. 'Gag Order' Put NMU On List of Anti-Free Speech Campuses
     
  246. Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt
    Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’
     
  247. Use Extra Community College Money to Lower the Income Tax
    Taxpayer spending is up even as student numbers drop
     
  248. Real Class Credit for Taking 'Fake News' Course at University of Michigan
     
  249. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

    A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy.


     
  250. Nation’s First Hearing on Worker’s Choice Bill Happens Tuesday
    Missouri Legislature considering idea first presented by Mackinac Center
     
  251. To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations
    Why the Motor City has so few plumbers
     
  252. Michigan Pays for Fudged Climate Data
    Fake news, meet settled science
     
  253. Teacher Making $53,000 Says She Could Earn More as a Waitress
     
  254. You're Paying $1.29 Billion More For This
     
  255. Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up
     
  256. GOP Governor Thanks House GOP Tax Cut Opponents
     
  257. Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers
    February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  258. Compel School Districts to Reward Great Teachers
    Wisconsin study highlights benefits of performance pay
     
  259. Donor Privacy Policy
     
  260. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
     
  261. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
     
  262. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
     
  263. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
     
  264. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
     
  265. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
     
  266. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
     
  267. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
     
  268. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
     
  269. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
     
  270. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
     
  271. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
     
  272. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
     
  273. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
     
  274. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
     
  275. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
     
  276. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
     
  277. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
     
  278. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
     
  279. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
     
  280. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
     
  281. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
     
  282. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  283. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
     
  284. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
     
  285. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
     
  286. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
     
  287. Sylvan Inn B & B v. Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Bureau
     
  288. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
     
  289. Ronald Robinson v. Michigan Education Association
     
  290. Mackinac Center for Public Policy v. Department of Enviromental Quality
     
  291. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
     
  292. Mackinac Center for Public Policy v. University of Michigan
     
  293. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
     
  294. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee


     
  295. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
     
  296. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
     
  297. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
     
  298. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
     
  299. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
     
  300. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
     
  301. The InternNet
     
  302. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
     
  303. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
     
  304. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
     
  305. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
     
  306. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
     
  307. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
     
  308. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
     
  309. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  310. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
     
  311. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
     
  312. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
     
  313. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
     
  314. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
     
  315. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
     
  316. IMPACT January/February 2017
     
  317. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
     
  318. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
     
  319. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
     
  320. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
     
  321. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
     
  322. The Job No One Wants
     
  323. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
     
  324. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
     
  325. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
     
  326. A Better Way to Rank Schools
     
  327. Detroit Window Washer Tax
     
  328. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
     
  329. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
     
  330. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
     
  331. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  332. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
     
  333. And Then There Were 28
     
  334. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
     
  335. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
     
  336. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
     
  337. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
     
  338. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
     
  339. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
     
  340. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
     
  341. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
     
  342. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
     
  343. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
     
  344. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
     
  345. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
     
  346. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
     
  347. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
     
  348. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
     
  349. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
     
  350. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  351. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
     
  352. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
     
  353. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
     
  354. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
     
  355. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
     
  356. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
     
  357. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
     
  358. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
     
  359. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
     
  360. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
     
  361. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
     
  362. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
     
  363. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
     
  364. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
     
  365. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
     
  366. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
     
  367. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
     
  368. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
     
  369. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
     
  370. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
     
  371. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
     
  372. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
     
  373. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
     
  374. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
     
  375. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
     
  376. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
     
  377. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
     
  378. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
     
  379. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
     
  380. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
     
  381. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
     
  382. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
     
  383. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
     
  384. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
     
  385. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
     
  386. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
     
  387. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
     
  388. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
     
  389. Roseville Man Becomes Facebook Famous, and Criminally Liable, for Warming His Car
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse for leaving running vehicle unattended, police chief says
     
  390. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
     
  391. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
     
  392. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
     
  393. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
     
  394. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
     
  395. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
     
  396. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
     
  397. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
     
  398. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
     
  399. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
     
  400. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
     
  401. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
     
  402. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
     
  403. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
     
  404. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
     
  405. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
     
  406. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
     
  407. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
     
  408. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
     
  409. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
     
  410. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
     
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