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  1. "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.

  2. After Billions in Subsidies, Just 918 Michigan Car Battery Jobs
  3. Michigan to Write $1 Billion in Secret Corporate Welfare Checks in 2016
  4. 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.

  5. A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

    Price of average home is approaching record levels

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

    New plans don't even claim to develop the economy

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

    Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years

  13. Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

    New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner

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

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

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

    Cost and quality should be the primary concern

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

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

  22. A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

    And a step for Michigan to follow suit

  23. Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

    Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit

  24. Criminal Justice in a Free Society

    Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative

  25. Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems
  26. Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity
  27. Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter
  28. 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

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

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

  34. July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

    Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview

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

    The problem with occupational licensing 

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

    Open government requires timely information

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

    Students continue to flee troubled district

  43. Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

    Michigan spent millions with little to show for it

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

    State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit

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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in The Detroit News

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

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

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

    New study provides few clear-cut answers

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

    State media covers school funding study

  64. Independence Day
  65. How Bad Investment Rate Projections Cause Pension Underfunding
  66. Here's What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools
  67. 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
  68. Academic Failure Forces Charter School Closure
  69. More Mythical School Funding Cuts Reported
  70. Mackinac Center Weighs In On State’s Education Adequacy Study

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

  71. I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

    There aren't always easy answers to policy questions

  72. Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

    The history of transaction taxes in America

  73. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

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

  74. Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year
  75. New Evidence: Film Incentives Still Don’t Work

    Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs

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

    Time to question the benefits of the Regional Transit Authority 

  79. June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution

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

    MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill

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

    Says revenue has been cut

  84. 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’

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

    Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed

  87. Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

    New York Times covers fight to allow people to work

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

    HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses

  90. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

    Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing

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

    Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session

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

    Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time

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

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

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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in Huffington Post

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

    Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit

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

    Introduction of Uber decreases crash rates and DUIs

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

    Hard work, hopeful opportunities lie ahead

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

    Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health

  113. Lawmakers Must Preserve Choice in DPS Bailout

    Op-eds in The Detroit News and Midland Daily News

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

    Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill?

  120. June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  121. Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

    State job funds are expensive and underwhelming

  122. Michigan School Pension Debt Grows Again
  123. Michigan Private Schools Cost Significantly Less Than Public Schools
  124. 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.

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

    Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture

  127. Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

    Economic freedom increases human well-being

  128. Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis
  129. 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.

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

    Just look at the evidence

  137. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector

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

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average

  139. Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out To Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances
  140. 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.

  141. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio

  142. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson

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

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

  149. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 

  152. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right

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

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald

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

    It's about how resources are managed

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

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA

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

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal

  158. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
  159. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
  160. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders

  161. 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.

  162. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
  163. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases

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

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts

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

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration

  169. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  170. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices

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

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers

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

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions

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

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

  177. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner

  178. delete me
  179. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
  180. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
  181. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings

  182. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers

  183. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs

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

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

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

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

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

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business

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

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

  198. 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. 

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

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff

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

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press

  207. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  208. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth

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

    New study featured in state media

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

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected

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

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing

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

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

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

    Michigan improves slightly

  225. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan

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

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district

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

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications

  230. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber

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

    Charter schools may not refuse students selectively

  233. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News

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

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

  239. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

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

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

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform

  243. 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.

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

    Welcoming John Mozena

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

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare

  249. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

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

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

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

  253. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

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

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

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help

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

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access

  258. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News

  259. Ride Sharing
  260. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
  261. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take

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

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom

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

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent

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

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold

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

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.

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

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.

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

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?

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

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers

  289. Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools
  290. R.I. Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal to Cost State Money
  291. When Obstructionist Teachers Unions Applaud the Senate Republicans ...
  292. Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy on Senate Passage of DPS Bills

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices

  293. 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

  294. The Real Story Behind the Feds Pursuing 'Climate Change Deniers'
  295. Holding Back Social Promotion: Florida’s Example Promises Stronger Readers

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work

  296. Supposed To Be For the Children
  297. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
  298. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state

  299. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

    Bet with friends at your own risk

  303. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group

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

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding

  308. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News

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

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

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

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

  316. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
  317. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election

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

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving

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

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


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

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

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president

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

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes

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

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets

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

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate

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

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

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

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states

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

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

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

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue

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

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

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

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge

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

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

  349. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

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

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

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak

  352. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context

  353. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
  354. February Viewpoints

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

  355. 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.

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

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

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

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue

  363. Union Official Peddles False Figures in Teacher Pay Complaint
  364. 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.

  365. Unions are Super PACS
  366. IMPACT January/February 2016
  367. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released

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

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling

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

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto

  376. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions

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

    And spending continues to increase

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

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers

  382. Marquette County Takes on EPA
  383. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
  384. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom

  385. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work

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

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

  393. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  394. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury

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

    DPS has benefited from state loan program

  396. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy

  397. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
  398. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
  399. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better

  400. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism

  401. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
  402. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
  403. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter

  404. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
  405. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 

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

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions

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

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all

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

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made

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

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable

  414. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks

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

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom

  419. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers

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

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation

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

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice

  423. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options

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

    It's time to expand public records transparency

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

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

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

    It harms current employees and retirees as well

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

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more

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

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme

  449. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more

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

    And without more taxpayer money

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

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding

  455. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
  456. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit

  457. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform

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

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

  462. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press

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

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue

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

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

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

    Notice published in official magazine

  475. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
  476. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers

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

    Examining government alcohol control across the country

  480. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local

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