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  1. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  2. No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed
  3. Health Care Law Squeezes Public School Budgets

    Employer mandate forces schools to privatize services and cut hours

  4. Reitz Letter to the Editor Published in The Detroit News

    Responding to allegations made earlier this week

  5. July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more

  6. Let Legislators Take a Vacation
  7. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015.

  8. Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling
  9. Wright Discusses Right-to-Work Decision with State Media

    Michigan Supreme Court extends right-to-work to state employees

  10. State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work
  11. Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services
  12. Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Right-to-Work for State Employees

    Accepting Mackinac Center Legal Foundation argument, justices decide 4 to 3 that Michigan Constitution prohibits agency fees for state workers

  13. Mackinac Center Policy Analyst, Congressman Walberg Discuss Civil Forfeiture

    Google Hangout on the topic tonight

  14. Grand Rapids' Mayoral Candidates Spar Over City's Financial Health
  15. Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'
  16. New White House Report Highlights Occupational Licensing Problems

    Unnecessary regulations reduce employment and raise prices

  17. Repressive Ride-sharing Regulations Beaten Back in the Big Apple

    Similar regulations proposed in Michigan

  18. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio on Proposed Labor Reform

    Employee Rights Act would increase worker freedom

  19. Paid Leave Mandate Raises Stakes in 'Punitive' Move Against Employers
  20. The Fight Over Energy Mandates

    Detroit News cites Mackinac Center while covering debate

  21. Excess of Laws Entangle Law-respecting People

    A lack of knowledge traps ordinary citizens

  22. Michigan Schools Improving Financially as Dire Predictions Shown to be False
  23. First Year Teachers Not Making Enough $$$? Talk to the Unions
  24. So Long Film Subsidies

    Other economic development programs should be next

  25. July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Proposals to repeal right-to-work, expand licensure mandates, more

  26. Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    Timeline shows reformer success in later elections

  27. Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise
  28. Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads
  29. Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'
  30. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  31. The Rise and Regulation of Craft Beer

    Comparing Michigan to competitors in the microbrewing game

  32. With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values
  33. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  34. 'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

    How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal

  35. Reason Quotes LaFaive on Sin Taxes

    Examining the unintended effects of cigarette taxes

  36. State Supremes Rebuff Claims Government Land Bank Shortchanged Taxpayers
  37. Reitz Quoted on Transparency in Michigan Press

    Detroit officials using private emails for business

  38. National Teachers Union Boasts of Having 'Conservative' Members While Undermining Their Values
  39. Sen. Nofs: Bills Won't Eliminate 'Electric Choice'
  40. July 17 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  41. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy
  42. State Lawmakers Compared to ‘Plantation Owners’ For Trying to Keep University Tuition Down
  43. A Victory for Political Free Speech

    Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional

  44. Mackinac Center Reveals Interactive Webpage Detailing Labor Reforms and Political Outcomes

    Five states’ labor reforms analyzed

  45. U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA
  46. Article on Worker's Choice in Forbes

    Vernuccio discusses recent developments in labor reform

  47. Gov. Granholm in 2009: 'Movie Studio to Create 700 Jobs;' Six Years Later - Nada
  48. Mia's Story Shows Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed

    Despite spending half as much, a private school gives students with special needs what they need

  49. Frustrated With Public School, Parents of Student With Special Needs Find Help at Private School
  50. Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach
  51. Skorup Quoted in Lansing State Journal

    Report on reducing costs in Michigan's prison system

  52. That's a Wrap! Film Subsidies Terminated
  53. State Press Covers the End of Film Subsidies

    Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10

  54. Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

    State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008

  55. July 10, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  56. Great Lakes Water Levels At High-Level Marks
  57. Michigan Radio Features Fight Against Forfeiture

    Bipartisan groups behind push for reform

  58. Media Echo Chamber Repeats Same Misinformation on Road Funding
  59. Progressive State Income Tax Would Damage Michigan’s Economy

    “Progressives” should be careful what they wish for

  60. National Group Gives Michigan a ‘D’ for Forfeiture Laws

    Bills that would raise that grade languish in legislature

  61. Economic Protectionism and Consumer Safety

    Examining legal challenges to occupational licensure

  62. Albion Superintendent Wrongly Tries to Stop Students From Leaving

    Asks nearby districts to stop busing area students to their schools

  63. Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work
  64. There is Plenty of Money in the Budget for Roads

    It’s all about legislative priorities

  65. Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent
  66. LaFaive Interview on Economic Freedom

    Hosted by Think Tech Hawaii and the Grassroots Institute

  67. MLive Gets Senate Roads Plan Wrong

    No spending reductions required in Senate plan

  68. Labor Reform in the States
  69. Five Road Funding Principles
  70. Cut Corporate Welfare, Shift Money to Road Repair for Economic Growth
  71. State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program
  72. Time to Give Workers a Full Choice
  73. Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies
  74. House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans
  75. July 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Key Senate Road Funding Votes

  76. Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton

    The world has lost a true hero

  77. Measure Would Open Doors To University Board Meetings
  78. Poor Ol' Peter and Poor Ol' Paul Are Expected to Get $1.6 Billion in Additional Tax Revenue
  79. Idaho Lawmakers Embrace Open Meetings, Michigan Still Waiting for Transparency

    New law may be "the best in the nation"

  80. Skorup Film Subsidy Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal

    Celebrating the death of a corporate welfare program

  81. How a Common Application Could Work for Detroit Parents

    Let all parents choose! Detroit should end the address-based school assignment system

  82. U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees
  83. Mackinac Legal Expert Quoted in Detroit News

    Examining the implications of new Supreme Court case

  84. Michigan House Wise to Shift Corporate Welfare Spending to Roads

    Programs shown to be ineffective and wasteful

  85. United States Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Declare Agency Fees for Public Employees Unconstitutional

    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Filed Amicus Brief Asking Court to Hear Case

  86. New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers
  87. Bringing Financial Transparency to Michigan's Public Sector Unions

    Nathan Mehrens, a labor expert who helped implement financial reporting requirements for private sector unions while serving at the U.S. Department of Labor, explains how Michigan should reform its union transparency laws. Most public sector unions do not have to publicly disclose meaningful financial information, and Mehrens argues that Michigan lawmakers should adopt financial reporting requirements similar to those used by the federal government.

  88. Public Sector Unions Vague About How They Spend Dues Money
  89. Study: They Spend Millions, but Minimal Transparency Required for Government Union Finances
  90. Union Transparency Study Featured in Daily Caller

    Article details how disclosure can help members and expose corruption

  91. Most Michigan Teachers Leave Before Qualifying For a Pension
  92. June 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    More subsidies and higher fees; knives and founding documents

  93. Skorup Quoted on Release Time

    Release time costs public schools millions each year

  94. A Possible Uber Setback for Ride-sharing in California

    Examining the distinction between a contractor and an employee

  95. Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions
  96. DPS Emergency Manager Could Make Big Changes

    Steps in the right direction are possible without changing laws

  97. GOP Group Calls for Eliminating Civil Forfeiture

    Mackinac Center scholar spoke on the issue prior to vote

  98. Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession
  99. Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.

  100. It is Fine to Get Detroit Out of the School Pension System

    Other districts already pay for Detroit's liabilities

  101. The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time

    Proposed law would require public workers to work for the public

  102. Lone Democrat Votes Against Party Line on Film Subsidies
  103. Should Government Set Prices for Reselling Tickets?
  104. EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park
  105. Debate on Money in Politics Featured in Media

    Michigan press features arguments in advance of Thursday's debate

  106. Profane, Insulting Math Teacher Flunks Math On School Funding
  107. Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'
  108. School District's 'Comparatively Low' Administrative Costs Not Really That Low
  109. The Fight for Free Speech

    Think tanks juggle privacy and advocacy

  110. IMPACT May/June 2015
  111. June 19, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Green light to Uber; red light to film subsidies; mobile beer bars and more

  112. A Look Back at Michigan's Battery Subsidies

    Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123

  113. MEA Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information
  114. MEDC vs. Road Spending Poll Featured in Daily Caller

    Two-thirds of voters support turning subsidy money over to roads

  115. Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate on Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    Mackinac Center partners with League of Women Voters of Michigan and The Federalist Society to host event

  116. Every Corporate Welfare Incentive Means New Jobs, Except for Most of Them
  117. Incomplete Analysis of Pension Scheme Bill Paints False Picture

    Fiscal Agency ignores benefit spiking costs, underfunding risks

  118. National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Is Michigan’s GOP Legislature listening?

  119. Coverage of Steve Cook Pension Spiking in Detroit News

    Two Senate bills would prevent union abuse of public funds

  120. Requiring Unions to Pay for Their Own Employees Saves Taxpayer Money

    Senate Bill 280 takes union leaders off the public payroll

  121. SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended
  122. Michigan Film Incentives ‘All But Dead’

    But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them

  123. State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cause More Pain Than Help

    Three reasons why states should avoid creating their own health insurance exchanges.

  124. Two-thirds of Respondents Want Tax Dollars To Go To Roads Rather Than Corporate Welfare

    Over 60 percent of Democratic, Republican voters say yest to Michigan roads, no to MEDC

  125. Invasion of Privacy? Tax Assessors Taking Photos on Private Property
  126. Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions
  127. The Real Story About Highland Park Schools
  128. June 12, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    “Tax-lite” road funding, same-sex adoptions, local employer mandates

  129. MEA Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements
  130. How Not to Regulate the Innovation Sector

    The Legislature appears torn on how to regulate ride-sharing.

  131. CAPPS Report Lays Out Some Solid Criminal Justice Reforms

    Michigan can reform prison policies without endangering the public

  132. Would Ford Leave Michigan if Not for a Handout from the State?
  133. High Taxes Promote Black Market Cigarettes in Bordering State
  134. Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want
  135. MERC Outlines Future Decision Outlawing ‘August Window’ and Stopping Collections

    The MEA should stop harassing teachers

  136. The Problem of Corporate Welfare

    Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle

  137. Vernuccio Joins New York Times 'Room for Debate'

    Discussing the role of unions in the modern workplace

  138. Union Approves Contract Freezing Members’ Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing
  139. Vernuccio Talks Tenure on Fox Business

    Proposed modifications to professor tenure in Wisconsin

  140. House Road Plan Secures Road Funding

    Understanding proposed earmarks for road funding.

  141. Sen. Gary Peters Wants Higher Minimum Wage — Except for His Unpaid Interns
  142. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start
  143. Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy
  144. Michigan’s Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry
  145. LaFaive Tourism OpEd Published in the Times Herald

    Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby

  146. House Road Plan Leaves Plenty of Money for Pure Michigan Campaign
  147. Vernuccio Co-Authors Op-Ed in Washington Times

    Missouri may become 26th right-to-work state

  148. Overcriminalization Study in The Detroit News

    Gov. Rick Snyder's recommendations for reform reflect Mackinac Center recommendations

  149. Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow

    Increased spending on public universities doesn't pay off for the economy or education.

  150. June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    June 5 round up of important bills in the Michigan State Legislature.

  151. Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Achievement Would Be Major Reform

    New reforms would allow more local control

  152. Bills Aiming to Protect Property from Overzealous Forfeiture Clear First Hurdle
  153. Note to Michigan's Tourism Lobbyist: GEICO Pays For Its Own Advertising and You Should Too

    Michigan taxpayers are paying for something private businesses normally pay for themselves

  154. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad
  155. That's One Mighty Big Bucket of $$$
  156. House Republicans Should be Applauded for Trying to Cut ‘21st Century Jobs Fund’

    The 21st Century Jobs fund has repeatedly failed in its objectives, and any efforts to cut it would be positive.

  157. Graduated Income Tax Won’t Help Income Inequality

    Changing from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax will not improve income equality in Michigan.

  158. Teacher Evaluations in Michigan Public Schools: One Size Fits All
  159. Skorup Joins Pat Johnston for Prevailing Wage Discussion

    The two debated repealing the law on the Art Lewis Show on WSGW

  160. Worker’s Choice Gives Unions and Employees More Freedom

    New study solves the issue of “forced-riders” and so-called “free riders”

  161. Worker's Choice Study Featured in National and State Media

    Study proposes fix to free/forced rider issue

  162. Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations
  163. Worker's Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers from Forced Representation

    Worker’s Choice provides a method to fix the "free/forced rider" issue that exists in right-to-work states. Without requiring a complete overhaul of a state’s public sector collective bargaining law, this policy can free unions from having to provide services to employees who do not support them, and allow individual public sector employees to represent themselves and negotiate independently with their employers.

  164. Tracking the True Cost of Tourism Spending

    Fiscal policy initiative director discusses new study with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show.

  165. MLive Quotes Mackinac Center President on Road Funding

    Joe Lehman spoke as a panelist at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

  166. Home Schooling Not to Blame for Tragedy

    Greater regulations on home schoolers will not prevent future tragedies.

  167. Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion
  168. Right-to-Work Lawsuit Featured in Hometown Life

    Susan Bank's suit challenges legality of August Window 

  169. Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government
  170. Study: State Tourism Promotion Ineffective

    Every $1.00 Spent Generates 1 Cent Extra Spending at Motels and Hotels

  171. Five Road Funding Principles

    Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman lays out a free-market approach to pay for roads

  172. May 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  173. State Tourism Spending Ineffective

    For every $1 spent, hotel industry gets one penny

  174. Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions
  175. The More Information Voters Have the Less They Support Film Subsidies

    Majority of respondents want film money to go to roads

  176. Skorup Discusses Civil Asset Forfeiture on WPHM

    Mackinac Center policy analyst Jarrett Skorup joins Bill Gilmer to discuss civil asset forfeiture.

  177. House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills

    Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture

  178. Mackinac Center President Serves as Panelist at Mackinac Policy Conference

    Topic is 'Michigan's Road Fix—the $1.5 Billion Question'

  179. Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?
  180. Report: It Would Take Three Years to Read All the Federal Government's Rules
  181. Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals Right-To-Work Case Involving Novi Special Education Teacher

    ‘The MEA has a duty of fair representation, yet it intentionally did not inform teachers of their rights.’

  182. What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage

    If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes

  183. Unfunded State Employee Pension Liabilities Remain at $6.2 Billion

    Closing the system is saving taxpayers from future liabilities

  184. You Don’t Need $92,000 a Year to be 'Economically Stable'

    New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan

  185. Teachers Union Presidents Extract Lucrative Benefits from Schools – For Themselves
  186. Assistant Fiscal Policy Director Analyses Michigan's Historic Unemployment Drop

    James Hohman discusses the numbers on the Frank Beckmann Show

  187. Memo to Reformers: Detroit Public Schools Received 42 Percent More Money Per Pupil Than State Average
  188. District Doesn't Take Evaluations Seriously, Now Laying Off its Best Teachers
  189. Michigan's Drop in Unemployment is Historic
  190. The Government Incentive to Seize Property
  191. May 22, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  192. Asset Forfeiture Package of Bills a 'Solid First Step'
  193. Frank Beckmann Show Highlights Mackinac Center/Michigan Chamber Poll

    66 percent of respondents support redirecting $50 million from films to roads

  194. Gov. Snyder Announces Criminal Justice Reforms

    Uses Center's research to make case for reforms

  195. Mackinac Center Event Featured in Media

    Topic of civil asset forfeiture attracts media and various ideologies

  196. Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

    Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback

  197. MLive Sends Mixed Messages on School Funding
  198. Successful Public School System Would Charge Tuition, Screen Applicants
  199. Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Redirecting Film Subsidies to Roads

    66 Percent Surveyed Support Reprioritizing $50 Million Film Subsidy for Road Improvements

  200. Critics of Growth Projections in House Road Plan Should Be Unnerved by Pension Underfunding

    School pension plan requires large dedication of future revenue

  201. Corporate Welfare Isn't 'Essential' to a Vibrant Economy
  202. Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'
  203. Civil Asset Forfeiture: How Government Seizes Private Property from Innocent Citizens

    Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process by which allows the police to seize and sell private property, even if no crime has been charged against the owner of that property. Several states have recently reformed their civil asset forfeiture laws, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, has called for improving federal laws pertaining to this practice.

  204. Schools of Choice Program Causes Greater Competition

    Mackinac Center research cited on WILX News

  205. Mackinac Center Cited on Dangers of Targeted Tax Breaks

    Shifting the tax burden from influential businesses to smaller counterparts

  206. Mackinac Center Event Panelist on Frank Beckmann Show

    IJ's Lee McGrath talks about civil asset forfeiture

  207. Hohman Quoted on Proposal 1 Defeat

    Voters soundly rejected the "tax and spend" road funding proposal

  208. Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

    However, not all reforms are cuts

  209. Mackinac Expert Talks Film Incentives on NPR

    No full-time jobs were created as a result of this corporate welfare

  210. Bills Attempt to Shine Light on Government-Seized Property
  211. Lansing Schools: MEA President Steve Cook's Deal Never Considered 'Long Term Thing'
  212. Can't 'Cut Your Way to Prosperity?' Michigan Spending Up $3.9 Billion Since 2011
  213. How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase
  214. May 15, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  215. Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

    MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'

  216. Property Tax Revenue on the Rise
  217. Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance
  218. House Road Plan Relies on Reality

    Detroit News wrong to call it "mostly fantasy"

  219. FTC to Michigan Legislature: End Car Protectionism

    Let consumers buy cars from whomever they want

  220. Michigan House Republicans Find $1 Billion More for Roads with No Big Tax Hike
  221. State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent
  222. Interpreting Proposal 1’s Loss

    First, look at current resources

  223. Michigan Incentive Policies Fooled by Job Turnover
  224. How They Sold $17-Plus Million Spending Hike as $10 Million Cut
  225. Mackinac Center Road Solutions Prescribed in Detroit News

    Experts lay out a path to funding Michigan's roads

  226. Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District
  227. Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds
  228. Not As Good As You Think: Why Middle-Class Parents in Michigan Should be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools

    Many middle-class Michiganders think that most low-performing schools are located in poor inner cities such as Detroit, not in their nice neighborhoods or in their smaller towns. They need to think again.

  229. Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive

    State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax

  230. Township Votes Down Wind Energy Project
  231. Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association
  232. Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues
  233. May 8, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  234. Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit: R.I. set to lose tobacco revenue

    Increasing cigarette tax would be counterproductive

  235. Mackinac Center Experts Show Cigarette Tax Increase is Counterproductive

    Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit, Ph.D. cited in Providence Journal

  236. Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News

    Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year

  237. Bill Would Allow Local Governments to Post Notices Online Rather than in Newspapers
  238. Snug as an Official Bug in a Rug

    Politicians can find themselves deciding things of low value

  239. Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented
  240. Free Press Columnist Disses 'Michissippians' Like It's 2009; Michigan Outperforms States He Elevates
  241. Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst Urban District
  242. Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student
  243. Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism
  244. Guest Post: Kansas Excise Tax Hike Proposal a Bad Choice

    The unintended consequences of higher taxes

  245. Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice
  246. Choice in Electricity: A Good Idea Michigan Abandoned
  247. Gov. Snyder’s Much-Needed Move on Licensing
  248. Not As Good As You Think: How Michigan’s Wealthier Schools Escape Scrutiny
  249. Michigan Auto Insurance Reforms on Hold
  250. Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    Michigan fortunate not to have established state exchange

  251. May 1, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  252. Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools
  253. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scene From Fantasia Captures the Spirit of Earth Day
  254. IMPACT March/April 2015
  255. Show Me the Money and Then We'll Be Accountable
  256. Second MEA President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension
  257. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start

    State needs to address high costs associated with mandated generous coverage

  258. Bills Put Obsolete Laws on the Chopping Block
  259. Fix Disparities in Public University Funding in Michigan
  260. Reasons to Reason

    Why we need analytical thinking in our policy debates

  261. As Obamacare is Implemented, Part-Time Jobs at All Time High
  262. Texas Moves Toward Dumping Wind Mandate
  263. April 24, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    “Early Warning System” for overspending school districts
  264. Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

    There's still no good evidence for this program

  265. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Exceeds Projections by 22 Percent

    The cost of expanding Medicaid more expensive than originally assumed

  266. Mackinac Center Study Gives a How-To When Changing the Constitution
  267. 'Steve Cook' Bill Would Prevent Private Union Employees from Spiking State Pension
  268. The Disparity in Michigan University Funding
    State should use fair funding for universities
  269. With $2 Billion at Stake, $100 Fines Won't Deter Violations of State Law
  270. Poll: Just 1 in 3 Know Wind Energy Depends on Fossil Fuels
  271. Why Michigan Should Compact for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment
  272. Taylor School District Refuses to Inform Teachers They Don't Have to Financially Support the Union
  273. State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector
  274. Michigan Supreme Court: Pension Reforms were Constitutional

    Unions lose challenge to 2012 law

  275. Will Poll Hurt Legislation Aiming to Give Energy Utilities Monopoly?
  276. 'Big Oil' and 'Big Wind' Keep Public in the Dark About Wind Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  277. Michigan Property Tax Revenues Up

    Both rates and revenue on the rise

  278. School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance
  279. Collection Bins for Clothing and Used Goods Targeted as Nuisances
  280. April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees
  281. Proposal 1: What It Is and How It Affects Taxpayers

    On May 5th Michigan voters will vote on Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment and series of bills that will go into effect if the amendment is approved. A large piece of the proposal is raising the sales tax...

  282. Low or High, Great Lakes Water Levels Always Blamed on Global Warming
  283. If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?
  284. Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay
  285. Open Letter to Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio

    National Public Radio wrong about Mackinac Center study

  286. Cigarette Tax Hikes Cause Unintended Consequences
  287. Detroit News Exposes MEDC Secrecy

    Michigan's corporate welfare program needs to be more transparent

  288. Facts About Road Safety in Michigan

    Traveling on Michigan's roads is safer than it's ever been

  289. Who You Gonna Believe? A K-12 Superintendent or the State Constitution?
  290. Manufacturing Jobs Set to Surpass Government Jobs in Michigan for First Time in Years
  291. Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

    A Detroit mother explains the importance of school choice

  292. Is Big Business a Danger to Economic Liberty?

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Club Mackinac event in Grand Rapids, as we welcome Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of two books: The Big Ripoff, and Obamanomics. 

  293. Huron County Pushes Stop Button on Wind Development
  294. Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent
  295. MCPP Experts Take Down Film Program in MLive

    The state should curtain this ineffective program

  296. Mackinac Center Work on Prop 1 Gets Wide Coverage

    MCPP original research prominently featured in Prop 1 stories

  297. Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose
  298. Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union
  299. Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me
  300. April 10, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Hospital “prices,” cigarette taxes, unions, monopolies
  301. Poll Suggests Strong Turnout for May 5 Ballot Proposal
  302. Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Proposal 1
  303. Court of Appeals Orders Wayne County Circuit Court to Hear Claim Related to Union’s End Run of Right-to-Work
  304. State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples
  305. Mackinac Expert Debates Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Here's why Michigan needs to reform civil asset forfeiture

  306. Amendment’s Effects on Higher Ed are Uncertain
    Proposal 1 may offer more leeway in funding than intended.
  307. Detroit Coalition Plan Would Lead to More Schools Outside of Detroit

    Restricting choice could lead to more students leaving Detroit

  308. Michigan Plummets in Economic Outlook Rankings Among States
  309. Our Children. Our Choice.
  310. Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion
  311. There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan
  312. So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?
  313. Charter Schools’ Record of Doing More With Less Validated by Stanford Report
  314. Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant, Problematic
  315. The Cost of the Proposal 1: The May Tax Vote
  316. What if it Were April Fools' Day Year Round?
  317. April 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras

  318. New State Tax Payment System Causing Headaches for Businesses
  319. Read This: FEE Interview With Larry Reed

    Former Mackinac Center president shares stories of his world travels

  320. Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want
  321. The Irony of Michigan's Film Incentive Program
  322. Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year
  323. Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools
  324. And the Answer is … 'Something a College Freshman Might Say'
  325. Coalition's Vision for Detroit: More Bureaucracy; Less Innovation

    Doubling down on what doesn't work won't fix Detroit schools

  326. Spalding Quoted in The Detroit News
    Article highlights school choice in Detroit.
  327. In Memory of Bob Crowner

    Mackinac Center remembers a long-time friend

  328. Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan
  329. Proposal 1 Would Pay Michigan's Road Debt Hangover

    Paying down the state's road debt is a good idea

  330. LaFaive Quoted on State Board Meeting Spending

    The state spends $1.3 million on oversight boards each year

  331. Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

    Legislature should curtail these needless regulations

  332. Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government
  333. Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public
  334. Mackinac Analyst on Frank Beckman Show
    James Hohman talks about Proposal 1 study findings.
  335. March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping.
  336. WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever

    Transitions costs are illusionary

  337. Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes
  338. What Happened in Five Days?
  339. How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger

    Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers

  340. Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding
  341. Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years
  342. House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes
    Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language.
  343. New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers
  344. Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis
  345. State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'
  346. State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice
  347. Site Map
    An overview of the website.
  348. Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money
  349. State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain
  350. Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized
  351. Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter
  352. March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back"
  353. Automatic Tax Increases are Not Good Policy

    Letter: Continued cigarette tax policy will increase smuggling from other states

  354. Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension

    Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential

  355. Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
    Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
  356. Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
  357. National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
  358. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
  359. Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
    Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
  360. Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
    The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
  361. The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
  362. Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
  363. A Conversation About Private School Choice
    with Dr. Michael Q. McShane and Bruce Braun

    Featuring Michael Q. McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.

  364. Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice
  365. Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union
  366. Letter to the Detroit Free Press on Film Subsidies

    Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs

  367. Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50
  368. Partisan Left’s Corporate Welfare Position Depends on Which Party Holds Office
  369. Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating
  370. The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies
  371. Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case
    FOIA laws in need of reform.
  372. March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Crime & punishment, film subsidies.
  373. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio
    Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees.
  374. MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension
  375. How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers
  376. House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies
    House rejects $50 million per year program.
  377. Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

    Results show the investment is not worth it

  378. Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington

    Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates

  379. State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
  380. Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
  381. Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
    Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
  382. LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
    Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
  383. Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
    Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
  384. Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
  385. State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
  386. The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
  387. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  388. Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
  389. $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
  390. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  391. Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
  392. A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
  393. Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
  394. What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
  395. Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
  396. Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
  397. March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
  398. Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
  399. Hohman in Wall Street Journal
    Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
  400. Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
  401. School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
  402. House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

    $500 million spent for no permanent jobs

  403. Everything You Need to Know, Except the Cost
  404. Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More
  405. Wright on the Beckman Show
    MEA president earning taxpayer-funded pension.
  406. VoteSpotter

    Your legislators work for you, and now there is a one-click way to stay informed and keep an eye on what they are doing in Lansing and in Washington.

  407. More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan
  408. High Court Should Strike Agency Fees
  409. Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees
  410. How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  411. Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible
  412. Vernuccio in Washington Times
    Wisconsin at work on right-to-work
  413. February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies
  414. 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'
  415. Hohman on Film Incentives

    Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth

  416. LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony

    Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling

  417. School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
  418. MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
  419. Hohman Testimony to House Committee
  420. How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
    No benefits to consumers to be found.
  421. IMPACT January/February 2015
  422. CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
  423. No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
  424. Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
  425. Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
  426. The Facts on Electricity Choice

    Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.

  427. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency
  428. Vernuccio Quoted on Illinois "Fair Share Dues"

    Unions can no longer deduct dues from non-member paychecks

  429. The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth
    Enrollment data doesn't support claim.
  430. Right to Work Isn't the Only Option

    The state should give workers and unions more choices.

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  432. Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor
  433. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny
  434. February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget.
  435. The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

    Michigan should end the MEDC

  436. MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
  437. 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
  438. House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
    The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
  439. LaFaive in National Media

    Mackinac Center expert's analysis on cigarette smuggling cited in national report

  440. Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony

    Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine

  441. A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House

    "The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs."

  442. 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
  443. What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
  444. Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
  445. International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
  446. Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales

    Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.

  447. Impact and How They Voted on May 5 Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure

    Who voted “yes” and who voted “no” for $2 billion tax increase

  448. Labor Board Says Teacher Union Committed an Unfair Labor Practice and Acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”
  449. Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off
  450. Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'
  451. Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal
  452. February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget.
  453. Reitz on Overcriminalization

    MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.

  454. Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
  455. Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
  456. Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

    $2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.

  457. State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
  458. Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
  459. How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
  460. Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
  461. How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
  462. Overcriminalization in Michigan

    Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. This event will feature ideas about how to protect Michigan residents from overcriminalization and improve the state’s criminal law.

  463. Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

    MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years

  464. How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
  465. Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
  466. Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
  467. Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
  468. Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
  469. May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
  470. The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
  471. What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
  472. House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

    Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.

  473. February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules.
  474. IRS to Tom Brady: Nice Trophy. What's That Worth?
  475. MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification
  476. Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave
  477. Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

    President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.

  478. Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times

    How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.

  479. Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs
  480. Time to Uncork Beer and Wine Reforms?

    Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.

  481. Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards

    Both are superior to state's Top-to-Bottom rankings.

  482. CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman
  483. State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices
  484. CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary
  485. Center Study Featured in WZZM Report

    Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.

  486. Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property
  487. Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record
  488. Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

    More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.

  489. District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health
  490. One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate
  491. Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments

    Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry.

  492. The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

    Legislators look to fix budget overspending.

  493. 'Free' Community College

    Not a very sound idea.

  494. Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
  495. In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
  496. Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
  497. Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
  498. Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
  499. A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks
    Join AEI president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on the intersection between work, happiness, and human flourishing. This event is co-sponsored by The Mackinac Center, AEI, and Acton.
  500. $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
  501. Michigan Celebrates School Choice
  502. Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
  503. Michigan Turns 178

    A look back at the early days.

  504. Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
  505. National School Choice Week at the Capitol

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and partner organizations cordially invite you to join us in celebrating National School Choice Week with an event from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Capitol.

  506. Spalding Discusses School Choice

    Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.

  507. Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    Good progress in 2013, more to be done.

  508. Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline

    Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.

  509. State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
  510. The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
  511. 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
    Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
  512. Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

    Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.

  513. Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care
  514. State Out Nearly $300M from Cigarette Smuggling

    Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.

  515. Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts.

  516. Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission

    Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.

  517. State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File
  518. Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees
  519. Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived
  520. Despite Media Reports, Michigan's Revenues are Increasing
  521. Another Tobacco Store Burglary Today

    Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.

  522. MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government
  523. Gov. Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation
  524. How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget
  525. Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You
  526. Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

    Now state needs to step up.

  527. Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less
  528. Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?
  529. And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report
    Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"
  530. 'Big Oil' and Climate Change

    Debunking an urban myth.

  531. Center Research Cited in Washington Post

    New cigarette smuggling study released.

  532. State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
  533. Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

    Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.

  534. 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

    Corporate welfare program a continued failure.

  535. MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
  536. Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
  537. Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
  538. Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
  539. Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
  540. Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in welcoming Daniel DiSalvo, assistant professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership.

  541. Michigan's Pension Underfunding Problem
  542. MEA Gives Update on Cyberbullying Bill While Still Bullying Ex-Members
  543. A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition
  544. ‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot

    Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?

  545. A Presidential Flip Flop
  546. Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize
  547. The Mackinac Center, Policy, and Politics

    Setting the record straight

  548. Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions
  549. LaFaive on WKZO in Kalamazoo

    Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.

  550. 'Green Energy' Companies Awarded $231 Million Created Just 44 Full-Time Jobs
  551. Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it
  552. Doctors Accepting More Medicaid Patients – for Now
  553. Detroit Homicide Rate isn't the Lowest Since 1967, Despite TV Station's Claim
  554. A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice
  555. Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

    Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.

  556. Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report

    How did your legislator do?

  557. Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'
  558. He's the Best Man for the Job, and So is His Brother
  559. Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium
  560. Dear Taxpayer: Does This 'Bug' You?

    Politicians often focus on less important matters

  561. What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say
  562. Bowl-ing for Dollars
  563. Happy New Year! It’s Time for Tax Cuts
  564. Center Report Card Puts School Performance in Context
  565. As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted
  566. In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?

    New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.

  567. How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

    How would you spend an extra $130?

  568. Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
    Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
  569. No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
  570. Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
  571. Happy New Year!

    The perfect time for tax cuts.

  572. The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
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