- Acton Lecture Series: 'Excuse Me Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism'
There's little truly "progressive" about Progressivism. True progress happens when humans are free, yet the Progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Based on his recent book—Lawrence Reed will tackle many of the most common economic, philosophic and historical errors of “progressive” ideology.
- Why Can’t Tesla Sell Cars in Michigan?
Under current Michigan law, Tesla Motors and other car companies may not open showrooms or service centers to work directly with consumers. Instead, to operate in Michigan, car companies have to enter into franchise agreements with independent dealers. Telsa and at least one other start-up car company, Elio Motors, have stated that working through dealers would impair their ability to get into the market. A number of other states have recently moved to permit direct distribution by manufacturers. Professor Crane will lay out the case for direct distribution, showing its importance to innovation, competition, and consumer choice.
- Forbes publishes Vernuccio op-ed on minimum wage protests
Two bills passed by Michigan Senate will protect small businesses
- Detroit Taking Drastic Actions to Curb Students Missing School
- $1 Cigarette Tax Hike Helps Smugglers, Not Health Outcomes
Prohibition by price drives consumers to alternatives
- ChoosingCharters.com Highlights Power of School Choice in Michigan
Students, families attribute freedom in education to success in school
- Detroit Students Missed 1.5 Million Days of School Last Year
- Detroit Public Schools Bankruptcy Could Cost the State $3.4 Billion
- Union Contracts Stand in the Way of the Best Teachers Making $100,000
- Proposal Would Let Special Needs Children Attend Private School with Public Money
- November 20, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Drone wars, fantasy football, more corporate subsidies
- How People Are Prosecuted For Breaking Laws They Don’t Know Exist
- Make a gift of stock or appreciated securities
- Lawmakers Rushing Through Special Tax Breaks
Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Steelecase pyramid deal
- Since When is 1 Percent of Anything Considered 'Massive'?
- Other States Divulge What Michigan's Corporate Welfare Arm Keeps Secret
- Capping Retirement Contributions Changes Few District Incentives
State aid could easily fluctuate
- State Pension Plans Are Unsustainable
Funding liabilities would cost $5,400 per capita
- Money Rolling Into Lansing from State License Plate Tax
- Wright Joins Beckmann to Discuss August Window Win
MEA may not enforce August Window while waiting for appeal
- Will Republicans Backtrack on Corporate Welfare Cuts?
Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support
- What's Stopping Tesla from Selling Cars in Michigan?
Forum to discuss protectionist laws that keep innovators out
- 'Union Time on Taxpayers' Dime' Bills Fate Uncertain in GOP House
- How Media Bias Works
- School Districts' Finances Can Plead the Fifth After So Many Years Under Bill
- As Congress Fumbles Overcriminalization Reform, Burden Lands on States
- Traverse City Homeless 'Bill of Rights' Could Turn Public Facilities into Impromptu Shelters
- Do Not Assume Economic Development Spending is Effective
Is economic development a nuclear arms race?
- Court of Appeals Denies MEA’s Request to Keep ‘August Window’
Decision will force MEA to “accept membership resignations submitted at any time” during the appeal
- November 13, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Union privileges, guns in schools, straight ticket voting, more
- Worker Bullied as UAW Publicizes His Opt-out
- Energy Laws are Next on the Agenda of State Lawmakers
- Ode to Shrode
- Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles
The right approach could benefit students and protect taxpayers
- Michigan Gets D-Minus Grade for Forfeited Property Profit Mongering
- Headaches of Road Funding and Courser-Gamrat Scandal Now Blowing In the Wind
- Debate Workshops 2015 Resources
- Stopping Special Union Deals in Michigan
Two important bills have passed the state Senate
- Two Cities, One Finance Director — For Over $200,000
- Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'
- Teacher Job Openings Attract High Number of Applicants
- Hillary Has It Wrong: Low Income City Doesn't Mean Low Income Schools
- Michigan Must Seize Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform
- Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime in Michigan
- Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts
- Guilty! Of Something No One Knows Is Illegal
- Michigan Moves to Ban Red Light Ticket Cameras
- November 6, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Gas tax hike, road funding finale, more.
- If At First You Don't Succeed, Sign and Sign Again
- Despite Billions More in Spending, Democrat Says GOP is Trying to Dramatically Reduce Budget
- Michigan Home Price Rise Among Fastest in the Nation
- MEDC's Magic Act: Make Taxpayer Money Disappear With Little Return
- Michigan Road Spending Near an All-Time High
- A Lesson from the Land of Lincoln: Electricity Competition Works
Michiganders could have saved $10.6 billion in energy costs
- MLive quotes James Hohman on House roads funding package
Promised tax cuts don't always materialize
- China’s One-Child Policy and the ‘Ultimate Resource’
The costs of China's recently-lifted reproductive restrictions
- I Pledge Allegiance to the Union ...
- Idea to Hike Detroit Teacher Pay Could Cost $462 Million
- Earmarking Increasing Government Revenue to Roads Is a Good Idea
- Keeping Government Entities on Track
A Case Study
- October 30, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Warrantless searches, guns, poachers, government “venture capital,” more
- How You Can Win in Court Against the Government But Still Lose
- Legacy Society Luncheon
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy invites you to join us for our 2015 Legacy Society Luncheon with special guest Jay Nordlinger of National Review.
- Legislature Examines Overcriminalization
Two bills propose solutions to criminal intent problem
- Ohio Moves Closer to No More Windmills
- Interview with Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz
- Pension Predictions Fall Short
Defined-benefit plans don't get funded, they get underfunded
- A Closer Look: Michigan Radio Columnist Calls for Shuttering Charter Schools
- Hit the Road, Jack! Columnist's Pitch to Close All Charter Schools Hurts Kids
- Beware 'Wimpy' Tax Cut Promises
Politicians will gladly give tax relief later for a big tax increase today
- Praise for REI and Also Retailers Open On Black Friday
There’s no shame in freedom
- Video Revealing Electoral Success of Legislators Who Support Labor Reforms Released
Mackinac Center video timeline analyzes political outcomes in Midwestern states
- Governor's Plans For Detroit Schools Allows Leader to Limit School Choice
- Debate Workshops
- More School Districts Paying Their Bills Without Debt
- No School Funding System Adequate to Manage Large Student Declines
- Big Spenders Relax: Projected Revenue Growth Easily Covers Road Fix Earmarks
- How the Michigan House Pays For Roads
- October 23, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Gas tax hike, road funding, criminalization, more
- Spring Forward, Fall Back? Bills Would End Daylight Saving in Michigan
- House Road Bill Could Be Better, but a Step in the Right Direction
A mix of new and existing revenues to fund road repair
- The Politics of Speed Limits
Some special interests oppose raising interstate speed limits
- How Effective Will Law Cutting Welfare for Truancy Be?
- The Case for Energy Competition
Study shows states without a monopoly have better, cheapter power
- Number of Michigan Welfare Recipients Declines 70 Percent
- Planning for Life Workshop
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.
- Detroit Public Schools Debt Increases By $1 Million Every School Day
- Teacher Shortage? East Lansing Teaching Job Gets 96 Applicants
- Gov. Snyder Signs Forfeiture Reform Bills
Media covers reforms and Mackinac's role
- Looming 'Teacher Shortage' Appears Largely Mythical
- Tax Watchdog Highlights the Millions Some Receive in Pension Benefits
- Michigan Won't Be Blown Away By Renewable Energy Jobs
- October 16, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Banning social promotion; personal protection orders for pets
- With Half of the Students Chronically Absent, New Truancy Law Would Strip Welfare From Families
- Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts
Revenues are increasing
- Two-Thirds of Detroit Students 'Chronically Absent'
- Forfeiture: What Next?
Take a look at bonding
- Cigarette Taxes Bad for Pennsylvania Businesses
LaFaive co-authors op-ed for philly.com
- Cops Retiring in Their 40s While Pension Systems Break Cities’ Backs
- Bill Would Ban Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid
- Union Transparency: How to Make Michigan Public Unions More Accountable
Public workers in Michigan pay hundreds or thousands of dollars per year in dues to unions, but it’s very difficult for workers to find out how that money is being spent. The reason is that Michigan has weak reporting requirements for government unions, asking for only a few numbers on spending in broad categories. Under this system, union members cannot assess if their union is spending their dues money wisely or not.
- Some Detroit Cops Claim They Are Working 16+ Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year
- How Much Overtime is There in Detroit?
- There is No Teacher Shortage
- D.C. Schools Spending Highest in U.S., But Firm Claims It’s 'Inadequate'
- Federal Government Mirrors Michigan Overcriminalization Efforts
Op-ed by Sen. Orrin Hatch points to overarching problems
- October 9, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Civil forfeiture reform, bully breeds, medical marijuana and more
- Fed Audit: Township Used Forfeited Property for Non-Law Enforcement Expenses
- Finding Agreement in Criminal Justice Reform
Sound priorities on sound policies for all
- Senate Votes for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
Detroit Free Press quotes Skorup on development
- Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms Head to the Governor
- Unanimous Forfeiture Vote Brings Greater Transparency and Accountability
'These bills are a great first step…'
- Right-to-Work-for-More: Income is Growing in Michigan
- School District Overspending for Last Nine Years Keeps Getting More Funding Per Pupil
- Why Believers in Limited Government Should Support Forfeiture Reform
Why the right should support forfeiture reform in Michigan
- Even Compared to Workers With College Degrees, Teachers Are Well Paid
- Detroit Public Schools Takes Out a Loan to Pay Off Another Loan
- If It Quacks Like an $11 Billion State Taxpayer Liability…
- School Privatization Survey: Michigan Rates Increase Again
- Stretch Taxpayer Dollars and Promote Equality in Government: Repeal the Prevailing Wage
- We Can Have a Clean Environment and Good Paying Jobs
- School District Projects Enrollment Increase Despite 15 Years of Decline But Wishes Don’t Come True
- State Media Covers Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
Mackinac Center releases study with ACLU of Michigan
- October 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Electronic proof of insurance and criminal justice reform
- Michigan's Wind Energy Mandate Costs Each Family Nearly $4,000
- IMPACT September/October 2015
- Why Won't It Die? Media Keeps Pushing School Funding Cuts Myth
- City Manager: 'Prosperity Doesn’t Come From Government; It Comes From Freedom'
- Critics of Schools of Choice Say It Causes 'Overcrowding' ... But District Lost Over 900 Students
- Firm Picked to Evaluate Education Funding Has Long History of Recommending Spending Hikes
- ACLU, Mackinac Center Report Calls on State to End Civil Forfeiture
Study shows abuses of government power on innocent citizens
- State Senator Blames Public School Choice After Fight Makes News
- Retired State Police Officer: Forfeiture is 'Big Money' for Law Enforcement Agencies
- Civil Forfeiture in Michigan: A Review and Recommendations for Reforms
Forfeiture is a practice by which law enforcement transfers assets – cash, vehicles, homes, etc. – from private citizens to the government. Criminal forfeiture occurs after the conviction of a person and is widely-accepted as legitimate.
The problem is with civil forfeiture.
Civil forfeiture occurs outside of the criminal justice system and does not require a conviction of a crime. This has led to instances of abuse in Michigan, which has among the lowest-rated forfeiture laws in the United States. The Mackinac Center believes property should only be transferred from citizens to the government after a criminal conviction is secured.
This study explains how civil forfeiture works, how it differs from criminal forfeiture and what reforms state policymakers should consider in order to protect the rights of Michigan residents.
- Emails Show Shaky Grounds for Corporate Welfare Agency’s Transparency Shutdown
- Cutting Michigan's Income Tax Would Also Lessen Corporate Welfare Burden
- September 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Food carts, nursing home over-regulation, voter approval for tax
- Parents Complain Students From Adjacent Districts 'Overcrowding' Their Schools
- Doh! At Michigan State University This Pair Would Be Criminals
- Federal Money to Michigan Schools is Dropping
- Tax Cuts on Sale: Save Up to 10 Percent on Income Tax Rate Cuts
- Incentives and the Electricity Industry in Michigan
Gary Wolfram's recommendations for a better power market
- How to Improve Economic Development Transparency
State considers changes to economic development disclosure
- State Media Features Overcriminalization Fight
Mackinac Center partners with ACLU, others
- Skorup Joins Steve Gruber for Forfeiture Discussion
Bills on forfeiture working through legislature
- Former Teacher Lionized by Left for Resignation Letter Omitted Key Details
- Detroit Teachers Can Soon Protest Without Threat of Losing Their Jobs
- Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act
True freedom, information, and action?
- Spread the Word – Pension Costs are Out of Control in Detroit Public Schools
- Number of Public School Districts in Debt At Six-Year Low
- Civil Forfeiture
- Frank Beckmann Features VoteSpotter
App reaches 50,000 downloads
- Repeat After Us: Detroit Public Schools Is NOT Proof Michigan Needs a Better Funding Model
- How You Can Be Prosecuted For Unknowingly Breaking the Law
- U.S. Chamber Official on Obama Clean Power Plan: 'There Will Be Lawsuits'
- September 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Balanced budget amendment, government “jobs for life,” preschool spending
- Reitz Testifies on Overcriminalization, Mens Rea
Prepared Testimony Regarding House Bill 4713, House Oversight and Ethics
- Michigan Sales Tax Will Hit Internet Shoppers on Oct. 1
- MERC Decision Publicized in State Media
MEA's "August Window" ruled illegal by commission
- Vernuccio and Bowman Author Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
The future of the UAW members under right-to-work
- MEA Ordered to Stop Violating School Employees’ Right-to-Work Law Rights
- Proposed Legislation Could Change 'Strict Liability' Standard
Many laws now work against well-meaning citizens
- MEA’s ‘August Window’ ruled Illegal; union must change bylaws and accept resignations
‘Other government unions should take heed...’
- Michigan Taxpayers Spend Over $3 Million a Year on Union Release Time
Mackinac Center releases new data for union time on the taxpayer dime
- Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work
- This Newspaper's Headline Says It All
- Vernuccio Quoted In Washington Examiner
Discussing Scott Walker's labor reforms
- The Detroit News Points to Mackinac Center Research
Fact-checking right-to-work claims
- Bye-bye Prevailing Wage Law? Repeal Campaign Turns In 390,000 Signatures
- Economic Freedom of the World Index: America’s Worrisome Decline
The U.S. ranks 16th in economic freedom
- Teachers on Food Stamps? Not Likely
- Skyrocketing Pension Costs Trigger Parent Angst Over Loss of Teachers
- Midland Daily News Features Mackinac Center Partnerships
Joining organizations across the spectrum
- Most Americans Unaware Police Can Take Property Without Charges
- Courser's and Gamrat's 'Orphan Bills'
Bills abandoned by the two former legislators
- September 11, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Sex! Scandal! Expulsion! And substantive issues too
- Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?
- The $49,129 Two-Week Vacation to Lake Charlevoix
- Here We Go Again: Media Says Public Schools Facing 'Cuts'; The State Gives K-12 Schools More $$$
- School Pension Costs Have Increased by $622 Per Pupil
- Debate Workshops 2015
- Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Opt Out in The Detroit News
Michigan autoworkers can soon leave their union
- Michigan's Private Sector Economy Firing on All Cylinders
- Corruption, Mismanagement Closed Highland Park High; Not Insufficient 'Investment'
- Detroit Police Officers Are Not Making $28K
- Detroit Police Salaries Modest, But Not Peanuts
- Government Waste in Northern Michigan
- Regulations Gone Awry: The War Over Uber
- Aramark Contract: It Takes Two
- Health Care Law’s “Employer Mandate” Puts Squeeze on Public School Budgets and Staff
- Michigan Marked Down in National Rankings Due to Prohibition of Private School Vouchers
- Every Judge Costs Michigan Taxpayers $450K
- No Raises For Ten Years? Teachers' Contract Tells a Different Story
- September 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
New bills on road debt, child deaths, squatters, gender bending, more
- Watch Vernuccio Discuss Labor Reform at Heritage
Panel discussion on right-to-work and wages
- Renewables Just a Hood Ornament on Fossil Fuel Power System
- The Worst Performing School District in the U.S. Says It Has Only One 'Ineffective' Administrator
- New Survey Says Texas Schools Behind Contracting Curve
Only 22.8 percent of conventional public school districts contract out
- California Tax Bills Asking for Trouble
Lawmakers raising cigarette excise taxes are well-intentioned but misguided
- You’re in the 1 Percent
We can have policy differences while keeping perspective
- Michigan Democratic Staffer: Homeschooling Lobby 'Scary', Not Rational
- Survey: Pennsylvania is School Contracting Leader
Of Five States Surveyed, Keystone State Ranks Highest
- State’s Faltering District Managers All Given High Rankings
- Michigan Leads the Country in Unemployment Recovery
- Raise Taxes? State Budget Already Projected to Get $2.7 Billion Extra in Taxes Over Next Three Years
- Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much
The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability
- August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Recently introduced bills of interest
- Mackinac Center Survey Finds One-Third of Ga. School Districts Contract Out Services
Contracted custodial services are most popular
- The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide
- Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads
A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem
- Superintendent Concerned Teachers Will Bolt After Pay Cuts
- 'Not Doing the Job'? Top Researchers Say Charters in Detroit Should Serve as Models of Success
- Unions Should Get Serious About Pension Underfunding
A $2.7 million shortfall causes concern in Grand Rapids
- Teacher Left Michigan Education Association and Has No Regrets
- Government Price Controllers Can’t Make Up Their Minds
Supermarket chain investigated for low prices
- While Schools Ignore Merit Pay Law, State Has No Authority to Enforce It
- Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
- Michigan House Passes Package Repealing Outdated Laws
Taking the first step toward crucial reforms
- Vernuccio Interviewed for Ohio Watchdog
Examining the economic effects of right-to-work laws
- Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay
- Car Crash Deaths Have Been Going Down for 50 Years
- MEA Opt Out Address Change Featured in State and National Media
Teachers wishing to opt out of union must use little-known P.O. box
- August 21, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Key road funding votes of 2015
- Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
Incentives gone awry
- Michigan Education Association Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years
- MEA's Insults to Educators Pile Up as More and More Bolt
- Business Tax Hike Ballot Proposal Could Bring Back Michigan’s “Lost Decade”
Doubling the corporate income tax will harm workers
- MEA Changes Opt-out Address, Keeps Members in the Dark
Michigan Education Association’s Latest Trick to Lock Workers in a Dues Cage
- Reitz Quoted on Criminal Justice Reform Efforts
Addressing overcriminalization and civil asset forfeiture
- Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills
Bills move on to full Senate
- 'Simon Says': Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box
- Lansing School District Poised to Privatize Facilities Management Despite Union Outcry
- Results of Privatization Survey Published in State Media
70 percent of schools contract out for some services
- Mackinac Center Director of Research to Debate Lansing Mayor on Economic Development
Panelists Will Discuss the Current Political Realities and Ideology of Corporate Welfare
- Aramark Contract: It Takes Two
One bad outcome is not a reason to abandon privatization
- Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?
- Employees Need a Choice
Celebrating National Employee Freedom Week
- School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent
Growth in Food Service, Custodial and Transportation Services Returns After Slow 2014
- Pension System Costs the Monster That Ate School Funding Increases
- Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent
New total up from 66 percent in 2014
- Politicians Misrepresent Road Funding Bills to Promote Tax Hike
- Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money
- No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates
- Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents
Today's Michiganders aren't better off? Don't believe it.
- Teacher Quits, Rips GOP ‘Goons’ — Who Gave Her District $5.3 Million Extra Despite Fewer Students
- U-M Economist Forecasts Drop In School-Aged Children To Continue 'At a Very Rapid Rate'
- What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Subsidized Sports
Evidence piles up against public investment in stadiums and Olympic dreams
- Michigan Grapples With Fewest Number of Students In Decades
- Schwarzenegger's Son Lands Role in Minor Film; State Cuts $140,000 Check
- Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student
- Public School Accounting: $100M Cut From Budget In 10 Years = Spending Increase
- School District Gives Teachers Raises, Has Deficit, Blames State that Gave Them an Extra $5 Million
- Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists
- August 7, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Recently introduced bills of interest.
- Local Governments Look To Cash In On Commercial Truck Inspections
- Rural School Districts Hit Hard by Federal Health Care Mandate
Rising costs and limited options
- State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income
- Pension FAQs
- The Myth of Teacher Poverty
- IMPACT July/August 2015
- More Government Spending Equals Higher Prices
College costs exploding
- An Election for More than Just Mayor
Grand Rapids election could be referendum on financial health
- How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan's Best Teachers
- School District Once Gave $1 to Top Teachers; Now Spreads Merit Bonus to 99 Percent of Teachers
- Film Incentives Clearly Hurt
Studies show a lack of positive economic impact
- Fox News Features Fight Against Release Time
Public money funds union activities in many states
- Senate Heart in Right Place, Execution Worrisome
Examining the future of road funding and income tax cuts
- Generations of Inspiration
A millennial reflects on the Legacy Society
- Michigan Should Reconsider Anticompetitive Certificate of Need Laws
- Right-to-Work Could Come to Public Employment
- That's a 'Renewable Energy' Job? If You Say So
- State Gives Billions in Dollars to Corporations – But Keeps Secret How Much They Get
- Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
- No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed
- Health Care Law Squeezes Public School Budgets
Employer mandate forces schools to privatize services and cut hours
- Reitz Letter to the Editor Published in The Detroit News
Responding to allegations made earlier this week
- July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more
- Let Legislators Take a Vacation
- Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling
- Friedman Legacy Day
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015.
- Wright Discusses Right-to-Work Decision with State Media
Michigan Supreme Court extends right-to-work to state employees
- Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services
- State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work
- Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Right-to-Work for State Employees
Accepting Mackinac Center Legal Foundation argument, justices decide 4 to 3 that Michigan Constitution prohibits agency fees for state workers
- Mackinac Center Policy Analyst, Congressman Walberg Discuss Civil Forfeiture
Google Hangout on the topic tonight
- Grand Rapids' Mayoral Candidates Spar Over City's Financial Health
- Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'
- New White House Report Highlights Occupational Licensing Problems
Unnecessary regulations reduce employment and raise prices
- Repressive Ride-sharing Regulations Beaten Back in the Big Apple
Similar regulations proposed in Michigan
- Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio on Proposed Labor Reform
Employee Rights Act would increase worker freedom
- Paid Leave Mandate Raises Stakes in 'Punitive' Move Against Employers
- The Fight Over Energy Mandates
Detroit News cites Mackinac Center while covering debate
- Excess of Laws Entangle Law-respecting People
A lack of knowledge traps ordinary citizens
- Michigan Schools Improving Financially as Dire Predictions Shown to be False
- First Year Teachers Not Making Enough $$$? Talk to the Unions
- So Long Film Subsidies
Other economic development programs should be next
- July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Proposals to repeal right-to-work, expand licensure mandates, more
- Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All
Timeline shows reformer success in later elections
- Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise
- Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads
- Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'
- Planning for Life Workshop
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.
- The Rise and Regulation of Craft Beer
Comparing Michigan to competitors in the microbrewing game
- With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values
- Planning for Life Workshop
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.
- 'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals
How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal
- Reason Quotes LaFaive on Sin Taxes
Examining the unintended effects of cigarette taxes
- State Supremes Rebuff Claims Government Land Bank Shortchanged Taxpayers
- Reitz Quoted on Transparency in Michigan Press
Detroit officials using private emails for business
- National Teachers Union Boasts of Having 'Conservative' Members While Undermining Their Values
- Sen. Nofs: Bills Won't Eliminate 'Electric Choice'
- July 17 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest
- State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy
- State Lawmakers Compared to ‘Plantation Owners’ For Trying to Keep University Tuition Down
- A Victory for Political Free Speech
Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional
- Mackinac Center Reveals Interactive Webpage Detailing Labor Reforms and Political Outcomes
Five states’ labor reforms analyzed
- U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA
- Contracting Survey 2015: A Five State Report
Remarks by Michael LaFaive to the National School Bus Transportation Association
- Article on Worker's Choice in Forbes
Vernuccio discusses recent developments in labor reform
- Gov. Granholm in 2009: 'Movie Studio to Create 700 Jobs;' Six Years Later - Nada
- Mia's Story Shows Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed
Despite spending half as much, a private school gives students with special needs what they need
- Frustrated With Public School, Parents of Student With Special Needs Find Help at Private School
- Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach
- Skorup Quoted in Lansing State Journal
Report on reducing costs in Michigan's prison system
- That's a Wrap! Film Subsidies Terminated
- State Press Covers the End of Film Subsidies
Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10
- Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies
State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008
- July 10, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest
- Great Lakes Water Levels At High-Level Marks
- Michigan Radio Features Fight Against Forfeiture
Bipartisan groups behind push for reform
- Media Echo Chamber Repeats Same Misinformation on Road Funding
- Progressive State Income Tax Would Damage Michigan’s Economy
“Progressives” should be careful what they wish for
- National Group Gives Michigan a ‘D’ for Forfeiture Laws
Bills that would raise that grade languish in legislature
- Economic Protectionism and Consumer Safety
Examining legal challenges to occupational licensure
- Albion Superintendent Wrongly Tries to Stop Students From Leaving
Asks nearby districts to stop busing area students to their schools
- Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work
- There is Plenty of Money in the Budget for Roads
It’s all about legislative priorities
- Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent
- LaFaive Interview on Economic Freedom
Hosted by Think Tech Hawaii and the Grassroots Institute
- MLive Gets Senate Roads Plan Wrong
No spending reductions required in Senate plan
- Labor Reform in the States
- Five Road Funding Principles
- Cut Corporate Welfare, Shift Money to Road Repair for Economic Growth
- State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program
- Time to Give Workers a Full Choice
- Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies
- House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans
- July 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Key Senate Road Funding Votes
- Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton
The world has lost a true hero
- Measure Would Open Doors To University Board Meetings
- Poor Ol' Peter and Poor Ol' Paul Are Expected to Get $1.6 Billion in Additional Tax Revenue
- Idaho Lawmakers Embrace Open Meetings, Michigan Still Waiting for Transparency
New law may be "the best in the nation"
- Skorup Film Subsidy Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal
Celebrating the death of a corporate welfare program
- How a Common Application Could Work for Detroit Parents
Let all parents choose! Detroit should end the address-based school assignment system
- U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees
- Mackinac Legal Expert Quoted in Detroit News
Examining the implications of new Supreme Court case
- Michigan House Wise to Shift Corporate Welfare Spending to Roads
Programs shown to be ineffective and wasteful
- United States Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Declare Agency Fees for Public Employees Unconstitutional
Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Filed Amicus Brief Asking Court to Hear Case
- New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers
- Bringing Financial Transparency to Michigan's Public Sector Unions
Nathan Mehrens, a labor expert who helped implement financial reporting requirements for private sector unions while serving at the U.S. Department of Labor, explains how Michigan should reform its union transparency laws. Most public sector unions do not have to publicly disclose meaningful financial information, and Mehrens argues that Michigan lawmakers should adopt financial reporting requirements similar to those used by the federal government.
- Public Sector Unions Vague About How They Spend Dues Money
- Study: They Spend Millions, but Minimal Transparency Required for Government Union Finances
- Union Transparency Study Featured in Daily Caller
Article details how disclosure can help members and expose corruption
- Most Michigan Teachers Leave Before Qualifying For a Pension
- June 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
More subsidies and higher fees; knives and founding documents
- Skorup Quoted on Release Time
Release time costs public schools millions each year
- A Possible Uber Setback for Ride-sharing in California
Examining the distinction between a contractor and an employee
- Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions
- DPS Emergency Manager Could Make Big Changes
Steps in the right direction are possible without changing laws
- GOP Group Calls for Eliminating Civil Forfeiture
Mackinac Center scholar spoke on the issue prior to vote
- Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession
- Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?
The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.
- It is Fine to Get Detroit Out of the School Pension System
Other districts already pay for Detroit's liabilities
- The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time
Proposed law would require public workers to work for the public
- Lone Democrat Votes Against Party Line on Film Subsidies
- Should Government Set Prices for Reselling Tickets?
- EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park
- Debate on Money in Politics Featured in Media
Michigan press features arguments in advance of Thursday's debate
- Profane, Insulting Math Teacher Flunks Math On School Funding
- Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'
- School District's 'Comparatively Low' Administrative Costs Not Really That Low
- The Fight for Free Speech
Think tanks juggle privacy and advocacy
- IMPACT May/June 2015
- June 19, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Green light to Uber; red light to film subsidies; mobile beer bars and more
- A Look Back at Michigan's Battery Subsidies
Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123
- MEA Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information
- MEDC vs. Road Spending Poll Featured in Daily Caller
Two-thirds of voters support turning subsidy money over to roads
- Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate on Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?
Mackinac Center partners with League of Women Voters of Michigan and The Federalist Society to host event
- Every Corporate Welfare Incentive Means New Jobs, Except for Most of Them
- Incomplete Analysis of Pension Scheme Bill Paints False Picture
Fiscal Agency ignores benefit spiking costs, underfunding risks
- National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture
Is Michigan’s GOP Legislature listening?
- Coverage of Steve Cook Pension Spiking in Detroit News
Two Senate bills would prevent union abuse of public funds
- Requiring Unions to Pay for Their Own Employees Saves Taxpayer Money
Senate Bill 280 takes union leaders off the public payroll
- SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended
- Michigan Film Incentives ‘All But Dead’
But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them
- State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cause More Pain Than Help
Three reasons why states should avoid creating their own health insurance exchanges.
- Two-thirds of Respondents Want Tax Dollars To Go To Roads Rather Than Corporate Welfare
Over 60 percent of Democratic, Republican voters say yest to Michigan roads, no to MEDC
- Invasion of Privacy? Tax Assessors Taking Photos on Private Property
- Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions
- The Real Story About Highland Park Schools
- June 12, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
“Tax-lite” road funding, same-sex adoptions, local employer mandates
- MEA Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements
- How Not to Regulate the Innovation Sector
The Legislature appears torn on how to regulate ride-sharing.
- CAPPS Report Lays Out Some Solid Criminal Justice Reforms
Michigan can reform prison policies without endangering the public
- Would Ford Leave Michigan if Not for a Handout from the State?
- High Taxes Promote Black Market Cigarettes in Bordering State
- Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want
- MERC Outlines Future Decision Outlawing ‘August Window’ and Stopping Collections
The MEA should stop harassing teachers
- The Problem of Corporate Welfare
Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle
- Vernuccio Joins New York Times 'Room for Debate'
Discussing the role of unions in the modern workplace
- Union Approves Contract Freezing Members’ Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing
- Vernuccio Talks Tenure on Fox Business
Proposed modifications to professor tenure in Wisconsin
- House Road Plan Secures Road Funding
Understanding proposed earmarks for road funding.
- Sen. Gary Peters Wants Higher Minimum Wage — Except for His Unpaid Interns
- Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start
- Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy
- Michigan’s Economic Recovery More
Than Just the Auto Industry
- LaFaive Tourism OpEd Published in the Times Herald
Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby
- House Road Plan Leaves Plenty of Money for Pure Michigan Campaign
- Vernuccio Co-Authors Op-Ed in Washington Times
Missouri may become 26th right-to-work state
- Overcriminalization Study in The Detroit News
Gov. Rick Snyder's recommendations for reform reflect Mackinac Center recommendations
- Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow
Increased spending on public universities doesn't pay off for the economy or education.
- June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
June 5 round up of important bills in the Michigan State Legislature.
- Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Achievement Would Be Major Reform
New reforms would allow more local control
- Bills Aiming to Protect Property from Overzealous Forfeiture Clear First Hurdle
- Note to Michigan's Tourism Lobbyist: GEICO Pays For Its Own Advertising and You Should Too
Michigan taxpayers are paying for something private businesses normally pay for themselves
- State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad
- That's One Mighty Big Bucket of $$$
- House Republicans Should be Applauded for Trying to Cut ‘21st Century Jobs Fund’
The 21st Century Jobs fund has repeatedly failed in its objectives, and any efforts to cut it would be positive.
- Graduated Income Tax Won’t Help Income Inequality
Changing from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax will not improve income equality in Michigan.
- Teacher Evaluations in Michigan Public Schools: One Size Fits All
- Skorup Joins Pat Johnston for Prevailing Wage Discussion
The two debated repealing the law on the Art Lewis Show on WSGW
- Worker’s Choice Gives Unions and Employees More Freedom
New study solves the issue of “forced-riders” and so-called “free riders”
- Worker's Choice Study Featured in National and State Media
Study proposes fix to free/forced rider issue
- Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations
- Worker's Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers from Forced Representation
Worker’s Choice provides a method to fix the "free/forced rider" issue that exists in right-to-work states. Without requiring a complete overhaul of a state’s public sector collective bargaining law, this policy can free unions from having to provide services to employees who do not support them, and allow individual public sector employees to represent themselves and negotiate independently with their employers.
- Tracking the True Cost of Tourism Spending
Fiscal policy initiative director discusses new study with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show.
- MLive Quotes Mackinac Center President on Road Funding
Joe Lehman spoke as a panelist at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference
- Home Schooling Not to Blame for Tragedy
Greater regulations on home schoolers will not prevent future tragedies.
- Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion
- Right-to-Work Lawsuit Featured in Hometown Life
Susan Bank's suit challenges legality of August Window
- Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government
- Study: State Tourism Promotion Ineffective
Every $1.00 Spent Generates 1 Cent Extra Spending at Motels and Hotels
- Five Road Funding Principles
Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman lays out a free-market approach to pay for roads
- May 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
- State Tourism Spending Ineffective
For every $1 spent, hotel industry gets one penny
- Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions
- The More Information Voters Have the Less They Support Film Subsidies
Majority of respondents want film money to go to roads
- Skorup Discusses Civil Asset Forfeiture on WPHM
Mackinac Center policy analyst Jarrett Skorup joins Bill Gilmer to discuss civil asset forfeiture.
- House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills
Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture
- Mackinac Center President Serves as Panelist at Mackinac Policy Conference
Topic is 'Michigan's Road Fix—the $1.5 Billion Question'
- Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?
- Report: It Would Take Three Years to Read All the Federal Government's Rules
- Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals Right-To-Work Case Involving Novi Special Education Teacher
‘The MEA has a duty of fair representation, yet it intentionally did not inform teachers of their rights.’
- What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage
If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes
- Unfunded State Employee Pension Liabilities Remain at $6.2 Billion
Closing the system is saving taxpayers from future liabilities
- You Don’t Need $92,000 a Year to be 'Economically Stable'
New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan
- Teachers Union Presidents Extract Lucrative Benefits from Schools – For Themselves
- Assistant Fiscal Policy Director Analyses Michigan's Historic Unemployment Drop
James Hohman discusses the numbers on the Frank Beckmann Show
- Memo to Reformers: Detroit Public Schools Received 42 Percent More Money Per Pupil Than State Average
- District Doesn't Take Evaluations Seriously, Now Laying Off its Best Teachers
- Michigan's Drop in Unemployment is Historic
- The Government Incentive to Seize Property
- May 22, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
- Asset Forfeiture Package of Bills a 'Solid First Step'
- Frank Beckmann Show Highlights Mackinac Center/Michigan Chamber Poll
66 percent of respondents support redirecting $50 million from films to roads
- Gov. Snyder Announces Criminal Justice Reforms
Uses Center's research to make case for reforms
- Mackinac Center Event Featured in Media
Topic of civil asset forfeiture attracts media and various ideologies
- Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry
Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback
- MLive Sends Mixed Messages on School Funding
- Successful Public School System Would Charge Tuition, Screen Applicants
- Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Redirecting Film Subsidies to Roads
66 Percent Surveyed Support Reprioritizing $50 Million Film Subsidy for Road Improvements
- Critics of Growth Projections in House Road Plan Should Be Unnerved by Pension Underfunding
School pension plan requires large dedication of future revenue
- Corporate Welfare Isn't 'Essential' to a Vibrant Economy
- Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'
- Civil Asset Forfeiture: How Government Seizes Private Property from Innocent Citizens
Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process by which allows the police to seize and sell private property, even if no crime has been charged against the owner of that property. Several states have recently reformed their civil asset forfeiture laws, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, has called for improving federal laws pertaining to this practice.
- Schools of Choice Program Causes Greater Competition
Mackinac Center research cited on WILX News
- Mackinac Center Cited on Dangers of Targeted Tax Breaks
Shifting the tax burden from influential businesses to smaller counterparts
- Mackinac Center Event Panelist on Frank Beckmann Show
IJ's Lee McGrath talks about civil asset forfeiture
- Hohman Quoted on Proposal 1 Defeat
Voters soundly rejected the "tax and spend" road funding proposal
- Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy
However, not all reforms are cuts
- Mackinac Expert Talks Film Incentives on NPR
No full-time jobs were created as a result of this corporate welfare
- Bills Attempt to Shine Light on Government-Seized Property
- Can't 'Cut Your Way to Prosperity?' Michigan Spending Up $3.9 Billion Since 2011
- Lansing Schools: MEA President Steve Cook's Deal Never Considered 'Long Term Thing'
- How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase
- May 15, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
- Pure Michigan Scare Tactics
MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'
- Property Tax Revenue on the Rise
- Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance
- House Road Plan Relies on Reality
Detroit News wrong to call it "mostly fantasy"
- FTC to Michigan Legislature: End Car Protectionism
Let consumers buy cars from whomever they want
- Michigan House Republicans Find $1 Billion More for Roads with No Big Tax Hike
- State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent
- Interpreting Proposal 1’s Loss
First, look at current resources
- Michigan Incentive Policies Fooled by Job Turnover
- How They Sold $17-Plus Million Spending Hike as $10 Million Cut
- Mackinac Center Road Solutions Prescribed in Detroit News
Experts lay out a path to funding Michigan's roads
- Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District
- Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds
- Not As Good As You Think: Why Middle-Class Parents in Michigan Should be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools
Many middle-class Michiganders think that most low-performing schools are located in poor inner cities such as Detroit, not in their nice neighborhoods or in their smaller towns. They need to think again.
- Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive
State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax
- Township Votes Down Wind Energy Project
- Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association
- Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues
- May 8, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
- Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit: R.I. set to lose tobacco revenue
Increasing cigarette tax would be counterproductive
- Mackinac Center Experts Show Cigarette Tax Increase is Counterproductive
Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit, Ph.D. cited in Providence Journal
- Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News
Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year
- Bill Would Allow Local Governments to Post Notices Online Rather than in Newspapers
- Snug as an Official Bug in a Rug
Politicians can find themselves deciding things of low value
- Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented
- Free Press Columnist Disses 'Michissippians' Like It's 2009; Michigan Outperforms States He Elevates
- Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst Urban District
- Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student
- Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism
- Guest Post: Kansas Excise Tax Hike Proposal a Bad Choice
The unintended consequences of higher taxes
- Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice
- Choice in Electricity: A Good Idea Michigan Abandoned
- Gov. Snyder’s Much-Needed Move on Licensing
- Not As Good As You Think: How Michigan’s Wealthier Schools Escape Scrutiny
- Michigan Auto Insurance Reforms on Hold
- Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet
Michigan fortunate not to have established state exchange
- May 1, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
- Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scene From Fantasia Captures the Spirit of Earth Day
- IMPACT March/April 2015
- Show Me the Money and Then We'll Be Accountable
- Second MEA President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension
- Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start
State needs to address high costs associated with mandated generous coverage
- Bills Put Obsolete Laws on the Chopping Block
- Fix Disparities in Public University Funding in Michigan
- Reasons to Reason
Why we need analytical thinking in our policy debates
- As Obamacare is Implemented, Part-Time Jobs at All Time High
- Texas Moves Toward Dumping Wind Mandate
- April 24, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
“Early Warning System” for overspending school districts
- Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts
There's still no good evidence for this program
- Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Exceeds Projections by 22 Percent
The cost of expanding Medicaid more expensive than originally assumed
- 'Steve Cook' Bill Would Prevent Private Union Employees from Spiking State Pension
- Mackinac Center Study Gives a How-To When Changing the Constitution
- The Disparity in Michigan University Funding
State should use fair funding for universities
- With $2 Billion at Stake, $100 Fines Won't Deter Violations of State Law
- Poll: Just 1 in 3 Know Wind Energy Depends on Fossil Fuels
- Why Michigan Should Compact for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment
- State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector
- Taylor School District Refuses to Inform Teachers They Don't Have to Financially Support the Union
- Michigan Supreme Court: Pension Reforms were Constitutional
Unions lose challenge to 2012 law
- Will Poll Hurt Legislation Aiming to Give Energy Utilities Monopoly?
- 'Big Oil' and 'Big Wind' Keep Public in the Dark About Wind Dependence on Fossil Fuels
- Michigan Property Tax Revenues Up
Both rates and revenue on the rise
- School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance
- Collection Bins for Clothing and Used Goods Targeted as Nuisances
- April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees
- Proposal 1: What It Is and How It Affects Taxpayers
On May 5th Michigan voters will vote on Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment and series of bills that will go into effect if the amendment is approved. A large piece of the proposal is raising the sales tax...
- Low or High, Great Lakes Water Levels Always Blamed on Global Warming
- If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?
- Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay
- Open Letter to Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio
National Public Radio wrong about Mackinac Center study
- Cigarette Tax Hikes Cause Unintended Consequences
- Detroit News Exposes MEDC Secrecy
Michigan's corporate welfare program needs to be more transparent
- Facts About Road Safety in Michigan
Traveling on Michigan's roads is safer than it's ever been
- Who You Gonna Believe? A K-12 Superintendent or the State Constitution?
- Manufacturing Jobs Set to Surpass Government Jobs in Michigan for First Time in Years
- Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice
A Detroit mother explains the importance of school choice
- Is Big Business a Danger to Economic Liberty?
Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Club Mackinac event in Grand Rapids, as we welcome Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of two books: The Big Ripoff, and Obamanomics.
- Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent
- Huron County Pushes Stop Button on Wind Development
- MCPP Experts Take Down Film Program in MLive
The state should curtain this ineffective program
- Mackinac Center Work on Prop 1 Gets Wide Coverage
MCPP original research prominently featured in Prop 1 stories
- Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose
- Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union
- Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me
- April 10, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Hospital “prices,” cigarette taxes, unions, monopolies
- Poll Suggests Strong Turnout for May 5 Ballot Proposal
- Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Proposal 1
- Court of Appeals Orders Wayne County Circuit Court to Hear Claim Related to Union’s End Run of Right-to-Work
- State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples
- Mackinac Expert Debates Civil Asset Forfeiture
Here's why Michigan needs to reform civil asset forfeiture
- Amendment’s Effects on Higher Ed are Uncertain
Proposal 1 may offer more leeway in funding than intended.
- Detroit Coalition Plan Would Lead to More Schools Outside of Detroit
Restricting choice could lead to more students leaving Detroit
- Michigan Plummets in Economic Outlook Rankings Among States
- Our Children. Our Choice.
- Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion
- There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan
- So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?
- Charter Schools’ Record of Doing More With Less Validated by Stanford Report
- Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant, Problematic
- The Cost of the Proposal 1: The May Tax Vote
- What if it Were April Fools' Day Year Round?
- April 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras
- New State Tax Payment System Causing Headaches for Businesses
- Read This: FEE Interview With Larry Reed
Former Mackinac Center president shares stories of his world travels
- Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want
- The Irony of Michigan's Film Incentive Program
- Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year
- Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools
- And the Answer is … 'Something a College Freshman Might Say'
- Coalition's Vision for Detroit: More Bureaucracy; Less Innovation
Doubling down on what doesn't work won't fix Detroit schools
- Spalding Quoted in The Detroit News
Article highlights school choice in Detroit.
- In Memory of Bob Crowner
Mackinac Center remembers a long-time friend
- Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan
- Proposal 1 Would Pay Michigan's Road Debt Hangover
Paying down the state's road debt is a good idea
- LaFaive Quoted on State Board Meeting Spending
The state spends $1.3 million on oversight boards each year
- Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure
Legislature should curtail these needless regulations
- Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government
- Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public
- Mackinac Analyst on Frank Beckman Show
James Hohman talks about Proposal 1 study findings.
- March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping.
- WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever
Transitions costs are illusionary
- What Happened in Five Days?
- Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes
- How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger
Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers
- Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding
- Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years
- House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes
Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language.
- New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers
- Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis
- State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'
- Site Map
An overview of the website.
- State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice
- Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money
- State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain
- Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized
- Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter
- March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back"
- Automatic Tax Increases are Not Good Policy
Letter: Continued cigarette tax policy will increase smuggling from other states
- Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension
Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential
- Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
- Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
- National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
- If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
- Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
- Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
- A Conversation About Private School Choice
with Dr. Michael Q. McShane and Bruce Braun
Featuring Michael Q. McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.
- The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
- Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
- Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice
- Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union
- Letter to the Detroit Free Press on Film Subsidies
Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs
- Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50
- Partisan Left’s Corporate Welfare Position Depends on Which Party Holds Office
- Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating
- The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies
- Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case
FOIA laws in need of reform.
- March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Crime & punishment, film subsidies.
- Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio
Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees.
- MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension
- How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers
- House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies
House rejects $50 million per year program.
- Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives
Results show the investment is not worth it
- Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington
Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates
- State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
- Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
- Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
- LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
- Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
- State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
- The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
- Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
- Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
- Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
- Thank You for Supporting the Center!
- Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
- $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
- A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
- Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
- What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
- Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
- Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
- March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
- Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
- Hohman in Wall Street Journal
Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
- Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
- School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
- House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives
$500 million spent for no permanent jobs
- Everything You Need to Know, Except the Cost
- Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More
- Wright on the Beckman Show
MEA president earning taxpayer-funded pension.
Your legislators work for you, and now there is a one-click way to stay informed and keep an eye on what they are doing in Lansing and in Washington.
- More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan
- High Court Should Strike Agency Fees
- Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees
- How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels
- Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible
- Vernuccio in Washington Times
Wisconsin at work on right-to-work
- February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies
- 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'
- Hohman on Film Incentives
Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth
- LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony
Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling
- School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
- MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
- Hohman Testimony to House Committee
- How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
No benefits to consumers to be found.
- IMPACT January/February 2015
- CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
- No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
- Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
- Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
- The Facts on Electricity Choice
Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.
- State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency
- Vernuccio Quoted on Illinois "Fair Share Dues"
Unions can no longer deduct dues from non-member paychecks
- The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth
Enrollment data doesn't support claim.
- Right to Work Isn't the Only Option
The state should give workers and unions more choices.
- Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor
- State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny
- February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget.
- The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs
Michigan should end the MEDC
- MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
- 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
- House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
- LaFaive in National Media
Mackinac Center expert's analysis on cigarette smuggling cited in national report
- Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony
Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine
- A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House
"The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs."
- 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
- What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
- Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
- International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
- Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales
Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.
- Impact and How They Voted on May 5 Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure
Who voted “yes” and who voted “no” for $2 billion tax increase
- Labor Board Says Teacher Union Committed an Unfair Labor Practice and Acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”
- Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off
- Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'
- Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal
- February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget.
- Reitz on Overcriminalization
MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.
- Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
- Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
- Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy
$2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.
- State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
- Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
- How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
- Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
- Overcriminalization in Michigan
Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. This event will feature ideas about how to protect Michigan residents from overcriminalization and improve the state’s criminal law.
- How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
- Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice
MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years
- How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
- Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
- Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
- Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
- Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
- May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
- The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
- What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
- House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform
Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.
- February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules.
- IRS to Tom Brady: Nice Trophy. What's That Worth?
- MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification
- Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave
- Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws
President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.
- Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times
How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.
- Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs
- Time to Uncork Beer and Wine Reforms?
Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.
- Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards
Both are superior to state's Top-to-Bottom rankings.
- CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman
- State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices
- CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary
- Center Study Featured in WZZM Report
Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.
- Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property
- Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record
- Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs
More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.
- District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health
- One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate
- Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments
Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry.
- The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?
Legislators look to fix budget overspending.
- 'Free' Community College
Not a very sound idea.
- Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
- In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
- Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
- Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
- Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
- A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks
Join AEI president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on the intersection between work, happiness, and human flourishing. This event is co-sponsored by The Mackinac Center, AEI, and Acton.
- $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
- Michigan Celebrates School Choice
- Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
- Michigan Turns 178
A look back at the early days.
- Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
- National School Choice Week at the Capitol
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and partner organizations cordially invite you to join us in celebrating National School Choice Week with an event from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Capitol.
- Spalding Discusses School Choice
Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.
- Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing
Good progress in 2013, more to be done.
- Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline
Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.
- State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
- The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
- 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
- Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings
Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.
- Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care
- State Out Nearly $300M from Cigarette Smuggling
Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.
- Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?
Arbitrary rate harms taxpayers, school districts.
- Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission
Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.
- State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File
- Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees
- Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived
- Despite Media Reports, Michigan's Revenues are Increasing
- Another Tobacco Store Burglary Today
Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.
- MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government
- Gov. Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation
- How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget
- Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You
- Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture
Now state needs to step up.
- Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less
- Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?
- And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report
Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"
- 'Big Oil' and Climate Change
Debunking an urban myth.
- Center Research Cited in Washington Post
New cigarette smuggling study released.
- State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
- Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage
Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.
- 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged
Corporate welfare program a continued failure.
- MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
- Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
- Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
- Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
- Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
- Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences
Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in welcoming Daniel DiSalvo, assistant professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership.
- Michigan's Pension Underfunding Problem
- MEA Gives Update on Cyberbullying Bill While Still Bullying Ex-Members
- A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition
- ‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot
Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?
- A Presidential Flip Flop
- Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize
- The Mackinac Center, Policy, and Politics
Setting the record straight
- Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions
- LaFaive on WKZO in Kalamazoo
Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.
- 'Green Energy' Companies Awarded $231 Million Created Just 44 Full-Time Jobs
- Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it
- Doctors Accepting More Medicaid Patients – for Now
- Detroit Homicide Rate isn't the Lowest Since 1967, Despite TV Station's Claim
- A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice
- Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford
Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.
- Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report
How did your legislator do?
- Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'
- He's the Best Man for the Job, and So is His Brother
- Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium
- Dear Taxpayer: Does This 'Bug' You?
Politicians often focus on less important matters
- What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say
- Bowl-ing for Dollars
- Happy New Year! It’s Time for Tax Cuts
- Center Report Card Puts School Performance in Context
- As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted
- In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?
New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.
- How Would You Spend an Extra $130?
How would you spend an extra $130?
- Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
- Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
- No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
- The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
- Happy New Year!
The perfect time for tax cuts.