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  1. Michigan's Economy Best In Midwest, And It's Not Just Cars
     
  2. Critic Still Misses Mark on Detroit Charter Research

    The trouble with doubling down on anti-DeVos criticism


     
  3. Michigan House Rejects Cronyism Bills

    ‘TIF on steroids’ legislation dead for now


     
  4. House Lawmakers Consider Key Bills

    Pension spiking, union release time, private public partnerships and toll roads on the table


     
  5. Bad Santa: Trump Risks Cronyist Blowout with Carrier Incentives

    Draining the swamp by creating new ones


     
  6. Michigan Senate Passes Sensible Transportation Reforms

    Uber, Lyft and taxis to play by the same rules


     
  7. Michigan Legislature Set to End Union Schemes

    Special ‘release time’ and pension spiking arrangements unfair to taxpayers


     
  8. 'Photo Cops' Could Write Automated Tickets to Generate Money for Detroit Public Schools
     
  9. As Michigan House Considers Electric Monopoly Bill, Observers Fear Price Spikes
     
  10. Why School Choice is So Valuable

    Detroit Schools doesn’t expect academic progress for a decade


     
  11. MSU Bans Smoking on Campus But Reports No Violations
     
  12. Infrastructure Funding Principles

    Eight guidelines to maximize value for taxpayers


     
  13. Teachers Union Said They Were Done Losing Members (They’ve Lost 17K Since)
     
  14. Pew Trust: State Pension Managers Failed Even To Meet Own Funding Estimates
     
  15. SEIU Sues Its Own Members for Banquet Hall They Paid For
     
  16. Don’t Impose Granholm-era Mandates on Michigan Energy

    With new federal regulations likely, legislators should wait on energy reform


     
  17. Michigan’s Pension Bureaucrats Mislead Policymakers and the Public
    Office of Retirement Services tries to derail pension reform
     
  18. Pension Officials Mislead Lawmakers

    Testimony from state bureaucrats against pension reform bill is unfounded and inaccurate


     
  19. December 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Give taxpayer cash to developers; permissive regs for Uber; ban local bag bans and more


     
  20. More Than 18,000 in Michigan Voted Without a Photo ID This Election
     
  21. Bill Closing Possible Loophole In Photo ID Voting Law May Be On Fast Track
     
  22. Mackinac Center Receives $500,000 Education Research Grant
    Funding supports third year of education initiative
     
  23. ACLU: Study Finds Detroit's Charters May Outperform, But Their Competition Hurts Regular Schools
     
  24. School Budgets, Senate Pension Reforms Under Attack From Pension System
     
  25. ACLU Joins DeVos Assaults By Ignoring Inconvenient Charter School Truths
     
  26. Mackinac Scholars Challenge Tourism Officials to Debate
    Letter sent to key proponents of Pure Michigan campaign
     
  27. Tourism Officials Invited To Debate Efficacy of Pure Michigan

    Mackinac Center researchers challenge state to defend claim that program is worth its cost


     
  28. How the New York Times Distorts the Performance of Detroit Charters

    Best available research shows Detroit charter schools are successful


     
  29. The New York Times’ Comprehension Problem on Detroit Charters
     
  30. Soaring Pension Costs Breaking School Budgets, Crimping Teacher Pay
     
  31. School Choice on the National Stage

    How Can New Education Secretary Best Advance Opportunities?


     
  32. Policy Experts Available to Discuss Key Lame Duck Bills

    Mackinac Center analysts offer insights on ridesharing, pension, energy and economic development bills


     
  33. School Choice Opponents Recycle Myths as Trump Picks DeVos for Education
     
  34. Dear Teachers Union: School Pensions Not Supposed To Be A Ponzi Scheme
     
  35. Higher Education Spending Still Down After Michigan's 'Lost Decade,' But Rising
     
  36. Even With $500 Million Borrow-and-Spend, Detroit Schools Violates Building Codes
     
  37. Cost of Federal Employees Who Said They'd Quit Under Trump: $65 Billion
     
  38. You Can Now Drink and Ride a Pedal Pub in Detroit
     
  39. Happy Thanksgiving
     
  40. Pistons Move to Downtown Comes With Big Taxpayer Price Tag

    Mackinac Center experts comment on the deal in state media


     
  41. Mackinac Center President’s Statement on Betsy DeVos Nomination
    DeVos will be new Secretary of the Department of Education
     
  42. Unions Fight their Members’ Interests on Pensions

    Containing and curing pension underfunding benefits retirees, workers and taxpayers


     
  43. How to Revamp Michigan’s School Rating System

    Include comparisons, tie growth to standards and issue grades


     
  44. Experts: Michigan Senate's Utility Bill Shackles State To Obama EPA Overreach
     
  45. Study: New Sports Facilities Do Not Increase New Business Openings

    Research discredits idea for ‘catalyst’ or ‘transformational’ developments


     
  46. After Election Season, Economic Liberty Please

    Lesson from a state-by-state study: Liberty promotes prosperity


     
  47. Teacher Pay Flat at Insolvent Detroit Schools, But Union President's Pay Doubles
     
  48. Un-Making a Murderer

    Preventing crimes provides huge cost savings


     
  49. Obamacare in Michigan: 32 Percent More Than Projected Take Medicaid Expansion
     
  50. How Michigan Stands in the Way of Poor People Getting Medical Care
     
  51. State Not Transparent with Effectiveness of Multi-Million-Dollar Program

    New Pure Michigan study questions advertising expenditure


     
  52. Radical U-M Student Group Demands 'Sanctuary Campus' Walkouts
     
  53. Despite Union Claims, School Pension System is in Trouble

    MPSERS, unfunded liability


     
  54. Ballot-Selfie Ban Stands In Way of Free Speech

    Riley pens op-ed in The Detroit News


     
  55. Labor Reform Wins Big on Election Day

    Mackinac experts discuss results in Wall Street Journal, others


     
  56. Michigan Employers Create Thousands of Jobs without the Aid of Politicians

    Economic development programs just transfer money to a lucky handful


     
  57. Annual Cost To Pay Teachers Same As Doctors $1,283 Per Person
     
  58. Voters Reject Transit Tax Proposal in Wayne County

    Mackinac commentary featured in Detroit media


     
  59. Only Two of the Nation's 72 Largest Newspapers Endorsed Trump
     
  60. Legacy Society Luncheon: The Morality of Capitalism

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


     
  61. Chamber: Concern Lansing Abatement Proposal Could Have 'Unintended Consequences'
    corporate welfare,
     
  62. MEA Union's Latest In Persistent Pattern of Lowballing Teacher Salaries
     
  63. Friday, November 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Increase windmill mandates, authorize driverless vehicles, empower airport police


     
  64. Some Proposals for Criminal Justice Reform in the Legislature

    Making Michigan safer, freer and more prosperous


     
  65. Ghosts Of Corporate Welfare Past To Suck $7.6 Billion From State Budget
     
  66. Mackinac Center Welcomes New Scholars

    Two NMU professors join Center's Board of Scholars


     
  67. Recommended Reading: A New Look at “The Bet”

    Human well-being has increased dramatically over the last few decades


     
  68. Back to the Drawing Board on Energy Policy

    The election results results could mean a different future for electricity


     
  69. Grass Roots Tax Group Helps Defeat Big Metro Transit Tax
     
  70. Voters Reject Detroit-Area Transit Boondoggle

    Flawed 20-year RTA plan falls at ballot box


     
  71. Worker Freedom Won Tuesday

    Election results favor labor reform movement


     
  72. Free The Unions — Let Workers Who Don't Pay Represent Themselves
     
  73. Safe Space? Ann Arbor Landmark Painted With 'Kill em All' After Trump Victory
     
  74. State Gave Biofuel Company Millions for Unbuilt Plant
     
  75. Tax Hike Vote in Kent County Expensive, Unnecessary

    Unfair to force taxpayers to subsidize the recreation of others


     
  76. Let Dentists Hire Licensed Dental Therapists
     
  77. The Double Standard in Environmental Protection
     
  78. Where Michigan’s Public Sector Union Laws Rank
     
  79. Individualized Solutions for Juvenile Justice Can Help Reduce Mass Incarceration
     
  80. Music in Motown: Private Detroit College Prepares Students for Music Careers
     
  81. Friday, November 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Some key votes of the 2015-16 Legislature


     
  82. Michigan Energy Battle May Mean More 500 Foot Wind Turbines in Communities
     
  83. Senate Proposes Broad Criminal Justice Reforms

    Changes could save money and improve outcomes


     
  84. Rising Pension Costs Bury Michigan Schools Despite Past Tweaks to System
     
  85. Pension Debt Soaring After Three Rounds of Reform Half-Measures
     
  86. Key Criminal Justice Bills Working Their Way Through the Legislature

    Proposed reforms to juvenile sentencing, prisoner parole time and judicial power


     
  87. The State Claims ‘Pure Michigan’ is Worth Tens of Millions. It Isn’t.

    Other research does not validate MEDC’s secretive, no-bid contractor


     
  88. Liberal Math: Millions More Equals a 'Billion Dollar Cut'
     
  89. Let Them Take Selfies: Explaining Michigan’s Law

    Ballot selfies are still prohibited in Michigan, for now


     
  90. Pure Michigan’s ‘Budget Justification’

    Why an independent review is necessary


     
  91. Study: Pure Michigan a Poor Investment

    New study raises questions about Pure Michigan’s effectiveness


     
  92. Research Is Clear When It Comes To School Choice

    DeGrow op-ed published in The Detroit News


     
  93. Pension Debt ‘Like a Mortgage?’ Yeah – On a Home You Sold Years Ago
     
  94. An Analysis of State-Funded Tourism Promotion

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.


     
  95. Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back
     
  96. Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back
     
  97. The Spookiest Policy Ideas Threatening Michigan

    From taxing free meals to creating a Bank of Michigan


     
  98. Northridge Academy Still Growing Strong

    Beating odds the beginning for Flint charter school


     
  99. Michigan Local Government Revenues Strong Despite Complaints

    Taxpayers already provide local governments more money


     
  100. Wayne County Schools’ Tax Hike Sponsors Paint False Picture With ‘Factual Information'
     
  101. Metro Transit Tax Ad's False Claims About Riders With Disabilities
     
  102. Friday, October 28, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Gas tax increase, more college building debt, ‘culpable mental states,” liquor oligopoly and midwife licensure


     
  103. Labor Reform Efforts Still Big Issue In Michigan, Across Country

    Mackinac Center experts recently in the news


     
  104. U-M's New 'Chief Diversity Officer' Will Collect $385,000 per Year
     
  105. Climate Activists Endanger Lives by Tampering with Pipelines

    As winter approaches, fossil fuels keep us warm


     
  106. Michiganders Want Electricity Choice But Bill Would End It

    Op-ed published in Bridge Magazine


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

    Pushback against federal regulation should not preclude local reform


     
  111. State Health Policy Toolkit

    10 reforms state lawmakers can implement now


     
  112. Defined-Contribution Plans Help State Credit

    Michigan's credit rating could increase after pension reform


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

    Mozena debates merits of plan on Michigan Matters


     
  116. October 21, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Lawmakers face a number of corporate welfare proposals


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

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


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

    Local media covers Detroit Children's Business Fair


     
  122. Detroit’s Taxes, Regulations Keeping It Down

    Skorup pens op-ed in The Detroit News


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

    State media covers update of Mackinac Center database


     
  125. $1 Billion of Tax Money Thrown Into a Growing Deficit

    Michigan increased pension funding and it’s still not enough


     
  126. Government Official Denigrates Citizen for Seeking Public Information

    FOIA is a legitimate accountability tool


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

    Charter school shedding 'priority' label


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

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


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

    Free community event showcases young entrepreneurs


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

    Legislators should stand firm against special deals 


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

    The Detroit News covers new Mackinac Center report


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

    State and national media cover Mackinac Center concept


     
  148. October 7, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

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


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

    11,000 customers are waiting for it


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

    School employees deserve more than political promises


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

    New study indicates prison time increases recidivism


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

    Pension underfunding, not defined contributions, is the problem


     
  164. September 30, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Sex! Crime! Hollywood! Uber! Oh boy!


     
  165. Closest Thing to Immortality? Government Programs

    Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps has survived multiple defundings


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

    Adding to the dialogue


     
  168. Dental Therapists Would Improve Access to Care

    Study recommends Michigan create new midlevel providers


     
  169. Working in Detroit
     
  170. Michigan District Bans Homeschooled Girl From Homecoming Dance
     
  171. Feds Force Michigan Cherries to Rot – In Order To Raise Prices
     
  172. Dental Therapists: A Proposal to Expand Access to Dental Care in Michigan



     
  173. This Week in Fiscal Policy News

    Tax reform proposals and state pension underfunding


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

    Lansing State Journal publishes op-ed on local pension debt


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

    New Mackinac study featured in state media


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

    Patrick Wright joins WNEM TV5 to discuss new rule


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

    LaFaive comments in MLive article


     
  186. September 23, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Skorup weighs in with USA Today and the Detroit Free Press


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

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


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

    109 school district heads paid $200,000+


     
  193. Pugsley Correctional Facility to Close

    Michigan's prison population on the decline


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

    Disability types, local conditions drive disparity


     
  198. We Verify Teachers Union Pay Claims, You Choose Whether to Trust Them
     
  199. Worker’s Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers From Forced Representation

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


     
  200. Union Claims Experienced Teachers Make Less Than $30K; They Don't
     
  201. Michigan Bill Legalizes March Madness and Fantasy Sports Bets
     
  202. Michigan Class Sizes Hard to Find, So Public Radio Reports Opinions
     
  203. September 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Skorup discusses civil forfeiture on Michigan Radio


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

    The program has failed even by its own measurements


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

    In 2005, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm launched a project intended to stimulate he state’s economy: the 21st Century Jobs Fund. At the time the state had not yet recovered from the 2001 national recession and was suffering the country’s highest unemployment levels.

    After a tough political battle to establish the program and after making a number of compromises, the 21st Century Jobs Fund was created. The program was to be funded from 2006 to 2015, and in the 2013-14 legislative session, under a new governor and Legislature, it was extended until 2019 and provided with $75 million in continued annual funding.

    After ten years of existence, this program has received little attention and its effectiveness has never been measured. All government programs should be reviewed regularly, and it is time for a close look at the 21st Century Jobs Fund.


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

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


     
  212. An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

    When the state asks for higher fees, repeal the mandates


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

    Event in Lansing discusses new legislation


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

    From 'obscene profits' to 'obscene losses'


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

    Simple reforms lower the burden of debt


     
  218. Flashy Projects Generate Taxpayer Losses

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


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

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


     
  222. September 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Probably not


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

    Higher education costs are increasing, but why?


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

    Local news covers pension problems in Norton Shores


     
  230. An Inspiration for Expanding Detroit’s Educational Choices

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


     
  231. Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Worker’s Choice Bill

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


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

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


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

    Op-ed on top reforms in The Detroit News


     
  242. September 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  243. Multiplier Analyses Are Prone to Abuse

    Common ways to rationalize use of taxpayer dollars


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

    Legislature considers bill to stop new Washtenaw County tax


     
  246. Michigan’s Looming Dentist Shortage?

    Mid-level providers could help fill the gaps


     
  247. You’re OUT! School Bars Resident From Working as Baseball Ump
     
  248. Top Labor Reforms for Michigan
     
  249. Troubling Lack of Student Test Progress Deserves Candor, Not Spin
     
  250. Detroit Should Lessen Licensing Requirements

    Mackinac Center op-ed published in Wall Street Journal


     
  251. Praise, Not Criticism for Companies That Follow Rules

    Op-ed on Mackinac pipeline published in MLive


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

    Most Detroit residents want more options


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

    Survey of likely voters shows broad support


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

    The benefits of trade in Michigan


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

    When international cooperation is not helpful but destructive


     
  262. Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

    Analyzing recent attacks on school choice


     
  263. August 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Creating unnecessary crimes weakens force of important laws


     
  270. Government Held to Different Standard in Environmental Matters

    Hayes discusses Kalamazoo River spill on WWMT


     
  271. Key Part of Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Ruled Unconstitutional

    Bond requirement challenged at Court of Appeals


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

    pension unfunded liability, pension funds


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

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


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

    Proposal A has not been a dismal failure


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

    National Employee Freedom Week poll finds overwhelming support of idea


     
  281. Cigarette tax hike initiative a bridge too far
     
  282. Lessons from Muskegon Heights School Overhaul

    What DPS officials can learn from similar reforms


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

    Michigan still has room for improvement on overcriminalization


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

    Statewide survey finds continued growth in school privatization


     
  285. Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

    Government confiscates thousands of dollars without filing charges


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

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


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

    Wall Street Journal features Mackinac Center concept


     
  290. Michigan’s Highest Taxpayers Could Soon Pay More

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


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

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

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


     
  293. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2016

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

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


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

    New op-ed published in The Detroit News


     
  296. August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  297. Study: Ontario Should Look to Michigan

    Canadian think tank recommends following the Michigan tax reform model


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

    Liquor laws benefit the few and the expense of the many


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

    Mandate more music, restrict fracking, surrogate moms and more


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

    Michigan should spend smarter before spending more


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

    Free Press covers direct auto sales debate


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

    Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program a success


     
  319. School Choice Benefits All Students

    DeGrow debates value of private schools on WalletHub


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

    Michigan's economic liberty is slowly improving


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

    Op-ed published in The Detroit News


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

    More ways for lawmakers to exhibit warm-and-fuzzy


     
  328. Friedman Legacy Day

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


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

    Price of average home is approaching record levels


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

    New plans don't even claim to develop the economy


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

    Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years


     
  338. Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

    New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner


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

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


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

    Cost and quality should be the primary concern


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

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


     
  347. A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

    And a step for Michigan to follow suit


     
  348. Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

    Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit


     
  349. Criminal Justice in a Free Society

    Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative


     
  350. Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems
     
  351. Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity
     
  352. Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter
     
  353. 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration to Be Held in Midland

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


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

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


     
  359. July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview


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

    The problem with occupational licensing 


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

    Open government requires timely information


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

    Students continue to flee troubled district


     
  368. Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

    Michigan spent millions with little to show for it


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

    State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit


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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in The Detroit News


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

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


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

    New study provides few clear-cut answers


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

    State media covers school funding study


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

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


     
  396. I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

    There aren't always easy answers to policy questions


     
  397. Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

    The history of transaction taxes in America


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

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


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

    Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs


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

    Time to question the benefits of the Regional Transit Authority 


     
  404. June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution


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

    MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill


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

    Says revenue has been cut


     
  409. More School Spending is Still Unlikely to Boost Achievement

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


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

    Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed


     
  412. Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

    New York Times covers fight to allow people to work


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

    HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses


     
  415. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

    Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing


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

    Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session


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

    Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time


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

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


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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in Huffington Post


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

    Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit


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

    Introduction of Uber decreases crash rates and DUIs


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

    Hard work, hopeful opportunities lie ahead


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

    Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health


     
  438. Lawmakers Must Preserve Choice in DPS Bailout

    Op-eds in The Detroit News and Midland Daily News


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

    Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill?


     
  445. June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  446. Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

    State job funds are expensive and underwhelming


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

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


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

    Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture


     
  452. Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

    Economic freedom increases human well-being


     
  453. Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis
     
  454. Worker's Choice

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


     
  455. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  456. The Mackinac Center at the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
     
  457. State Data: No Detroit Teacher Shortage
     
  458. Detroit Bailout's Charter School Restrictions Not About What's Best for Kids
     
  459. Here's How Much More Money Detroit Public Schools Has Received Over the Years
     
  460. Thousands of Detroit Parents Vote With Their Feet for School Choice
     
  461. Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike
     
  462. Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

    Just look at the evidence


     
  463. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector


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

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average


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

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

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


     
  467. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio


     
  468. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson


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

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


     
  475. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 


     
  478. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right


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

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald


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

    It's about how resources are managed


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

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA


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

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal


     
  484. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
     
  485. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
     
  486. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders


     
  487. Free Market Solutions to Problems in Health Care

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


     
  488. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
     
  489. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases


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

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts


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

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration


     
  495. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  496. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices


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

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers


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

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions


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

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


     
  503. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner


     
  504. delete me
     
  505. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
     
  506. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
     
  507. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings


     
  508. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers


     
  509. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs


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

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


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

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy


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

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business


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

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


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

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


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

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff


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

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press


     
  533. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  534. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth


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

    New study featured in state media


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

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected


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

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing


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

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


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

    Michigan improves slightly


     
  551. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan


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

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district


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

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications


     
  556. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber


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

    Charter schools may not refuse students selectively


     
  559. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News


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

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


     
  565. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

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


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

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform


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

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

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

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

    That is the question this paper attempts to answer.

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


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

    Welcoming John Mozena


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

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare


     
  575. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

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


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

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


     
  579. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

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


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

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help


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

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access


     
  584. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News


     
  585. Ride Sharing
     
  586. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
     
  587. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take


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

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom


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

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent


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

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold


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

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.


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

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.


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

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?


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

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers


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

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


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

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices


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

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work


     
  622. Supposed To Be For the Children
     
  623. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
     
  624. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state


     
  625. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Bet with friends at your own risk


     
  629. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group


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

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding


     
  634. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News


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

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


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

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


     
  642. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
     
  643. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election


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

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving


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

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


     
  647. UNION RECERTIFICATION

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


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

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president


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

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes


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

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets


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

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate


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

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


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

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states


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

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


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

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue


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

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


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

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge


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

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


     
  676. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

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


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

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak


     
  679. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context


     
  680. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
     
  681. February Viewpoints

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


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

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


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

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


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

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue


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

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


     
  692. Unions are Super PACS
     
  693. IMPACT January/February 2016
     
  694. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released


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

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling


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

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto


     
  703. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions


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

    And spending continues to increase


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

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers


     
  709. Marquette County Takes on EPA
     
  710. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
     
  711. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom


     
  712. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work


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

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


     
  720. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  721. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury


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

    DPS has benefited from state loan program


     
  723. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy


     
  724. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
     
  725. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
     
  726. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better


     
  727. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism


     
  728. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
     
  729. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
     
  730. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter


     
  731. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
     
  732. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 


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

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions


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

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all


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

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made


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

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable


     
  741. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks


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

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom


     
  746. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers


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

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation


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

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice


     
  750. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options


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

    It's time to expand public records transparency


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

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


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

    It harms current employees and retirees as well


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

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more


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

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme


     
  776. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more


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

    And without more taxpayer money


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

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding


     
  782. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
     
  783. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit


     
  784. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform


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

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


     
  789. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on FoxNews.com

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press


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

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue


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

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


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

    Notice published in official magazine


     
  802. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
     
  803. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers


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

    Examining government alcohol control across the country


     
  807. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local


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