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  1. Planning for Life Workshop

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

  2. September 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    New bills on road debt, child deaths, squatters, gender bending, more

  3. Watch Vernuccio Discuss Labor Reform at Heritage

    Panel discussion on right-to-work and wages

  4. Renewables Just a Hood Ornament on Fossil Fuel Power System
  5. The Worst Performing School District in the U.S. Says It Has Only One 'Ineffective' Administrator
  6. New Survey Says Texas Schools Behind Contracting Curve

    Only 22.8 percent of conventional public school districts contract out

  7. California Tax Bills Asking for Trouble

    Lawmakers raising cigarette excise taxes are well-intentioned but misguided

  8. You’re in the 1 Percent

    We can have policy differences while keeping perspective

  9. Michigan Democratic Staffer: Homeschooling Lobby 'Scary', Not Rational
  10. Survey: Pennsylvania is School Contracting Leader

    Of Five States Surveyed, Keystone State Ranks Highest

  11. State’s Faltering District Managers All Given High Rankings
  12. Michigan Leads the Country in Unemployment Recovery
  13. Raise Taxes? State Budget Already Projected to Get $2.7 Billion Extra in Taxes Over Next Three Years
  14. Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

    The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability

  15. August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Recently introduced bills of interest

  16. Mackinac Center Survey Finds One-Third of Ga. School Districts Contract Out Services

    Contracted custodial services are most popular

  17. The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide
  18. Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

    A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem

  19. Superintendent Concerned Teachers Will Bolt After Pay Cuts
  20. 'Not Doing the Job'? Top Researchers Say Charters in Detroit Should Serve as Models of Success
  21. Unions Should Get Serious About Pension Underfunding

    A $2.7 million shortfall causes concern in Grand Rapids

  22. Teacher Left Michigan Education Association and Has No Regrets
  23. Government Price Controllers Can’t Make Up Their Minds

    Supermarket chain investigated for low prices

  24. While Schools Ignore Merit Pay Law, State Has No Authority to Enforce It
  25. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  26. Michigan House Passes Package Repealing Outdated Laws

    Taking the first step toward crucial reforms

  27. Vernuccio Interviewed for Ohio Watchdog

    Examining the economic effects of right-to-work laws

  28. Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay
  29. Car Crash Deaths Have Been Going Down for 50 Years
  30. 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

  31. August 21, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Key road funding votes of 2015

  32. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    Incentives gone awry

  33. Michigan Education Association Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years
  34. MEA's Insults to Educators Pile Up as More and More Bolt
  35. Business Tax Hike Ballot Proposal Could Bring Back Michigan’s “Lost Decade”

    Doubling the corporate income tax will harm workers

  36. MEA Changes Opt-out Address, Keeps Members in the Dark

    Michigan Education Association’s Latest Trick to Lock Workers in a Dues Cage

  37. Reitz Quoted on Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Addressing overcriminalization and civil asset forfeiture

  38. Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills

    Bills move on to full Senate

  39. 'Simon Says': Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box
  40. Lansing School District Poised to Privatize Facilities Management Despite Union Outcry
  41. Results of Privatization Survey Published in State Media

    70 percent of schools contract out for some services

  42. Mackinac Center Director of Research to Debate Lansing Mayor on Economic Development

    Panelists Will Discuss the Current Political Realities and Ideology of Corporate Welfare

  43. Aramark Contract: It Takes Two

    One bad outcome is not a reason to abandon privatization

  44. Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?
  45. Employees Need a Choice

    Celebrating National Employee Freedom Week

  46. School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent

    Growth in Food Service, Custodial and Transportation Services Returns After Slow 2014

  47. Pension System Costs the Monster That Ate School Funding Increases
  48. Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent

    New total up from 66 percent in 2014

  49. Politicians Misrepresent Road Funding Bills to Promote Tax Hike
  50. Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money
  51. No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates
  52. Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents

    Today's Michiganders aren't better off? Don't believe it.

  53. Teacher Quits, Rips GOP ‘Goons’ — Who Gave Her District $5.3 Million Extra Despite Fewer Students
  54. U-M Economist Forecasts Drop In School-Aged Children To Continue 'At a Very Rapid Rate'
  55. What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Subsidized Sports

    Evidence piles up against public investment in stadiums and Olympic dreams

  56. Michigan Grapples With Fewest Number of Students In Decades
  57. Schwarzenegger's Son Lands Role in Minor Film; State Cuts $140,000 Check
  58. Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student
  59. Public School Accounting: $100M Cut From Budget In 10 Years = Spending Increase
  60. School District Gives Teachers Raises, Has Deficit, Blames State that Gave Them an Extra $5 Million
  61. Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists
  62. August 7, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Recently introduced bills of interest.
  63. Local Governments Look To Cash In On Commercial Truck Inspections
  64. Rural School Districts Hit Hard by Federal Health Care Mandate

    Rising costs and limited options

  65. State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income
  66. Pension FAQs
  67. The Myth of Teacher Poverty
  68. IMPACT July/August 2015
  69. More Government Spending Equals Higher Prices

    College costs exploding

  70. An Election for More than Just Mayor

    Grand Rapids election could be referendum on financial health

  71. How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan's Best Teachers
  72. School District Once Gave $1 to Top Teachers; Now Spreads Merit Bonus to 99 Percent of Teachers
  73. Film Incentives Clearly Hurt

    Studies show a lack of positive economic impact

  74. Fox News Features Fight Against Release Time

    Public money funds union activities in many states

  75. Senate Heart in Right Place, Execution Worrisome

    Examining the future of road funding and income tax cuts

  76. Generations of Inspiration

    A millennial reflects on the Legacy Society

  77. Michigan Should Reconsider Anticompetitive Certificate of Need Laws
  78. Right-to-Work Could Come to Public Employment
  79. That's a 'Renewable Energy' Job? If You Say So
  80. State Gives Billions in Dollars to Corporations – But Keeps Secret How Much They Get
  81. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  82. No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed
  83. Health Care Law Squeezes Public School Budgets

    Employer mandate forces schools to privatize services and cut hours

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

    Responding to allegations made earlier this week

  85. July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  86. Let Legislators Take a Vacation
  87. 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.

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

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

  90. Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services
  91. State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work
  92. 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

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

    Google Hangout on the topic tonight

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

    Unnecessary regulations reduce employment and raise prices

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

    Similar regulations proposed in Michigan

  98. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio on Proposed Labor Reform

    Employee Rights Act would increase worker freedom

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

    Detroit News cites Mackinac Center while covering debate

  101. Excess of Laws Entangle Law-respecting People

    A lack of knowledge traps ordinary citizens

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

    Other economic development programs should be next

  105. July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

    Timeline shows reformer success in later elections

  107. Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise
  108. Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads
  109. Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'
  110. Planning for Life Workshop

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

  111. The Rise and Regulation of Craft Beer

    Comparing Michigan to competitors in the microbrewing game

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

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

  114. 'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

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

  115. Reason Quotes LaFaive on Sin Taxes

    Examining the unintended effects of cigarette taxes

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

    Detroit officials using private emails for business

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

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

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

    Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional

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

    Five states’ labor reforms analyzed

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

    Vernuccio discusses recent developments in labor reform

  127. Gov. Granholm in 2009: 'Movie Studio to Create 700 Jobs;' Six Years Later - Nada
  128. 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

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

    Report on reducing costs in Michigan's prison system

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

    Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10

  134. Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

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

  135. July 10, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

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

    Bipartisan groups behind push for reform

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

    “Progressives” should be careful what they wish for

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

    Bills that would raise that grade languish in legislature

  141. Economic Protectionism and Consumer Safety

    Examining legal challenges to occupational licensure

  142. Albion Superintendent Wrongly Tries to Stop Students From Leaving

    Asks nearby districts to stop busing area students to their schools

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

    It’s all about legislative priorities

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

    Hosted by Think Tech Hawaii and the Grassroots Institute

  147. MLive Gets Senate Roads Plan Wrong

    No spending reductions required in Senate plan

  148. Labor Reform in the States
  149. Five Road Funding Principles
  150. Cut Corporate Welfare, Shift Money to Road Repair for Economic Growth
  151. State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program
  152. Time to Give Workers a Full Choice
  153. Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies
  154. House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans
  155. July 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Key Senate Road Funding Votes

  156. Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton

    The world has lost a true hero

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

    New law may be "the best in the nation"

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

    Celebrating the death of a corporate welfare program

  161. How a Common Application Could Work for Detroit Parents

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

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

    Examining the implications of new Supreme Court case

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

    Programs shown to be ineffective and wasteful

  165. 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

  166. New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers
  167. 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.

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

    Article details how disclosure can help members and expose corruption

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

    More subsidies and higher fees; knives and founding documents

  173. Skorup Quoted on Release Time

    Release time costs public schools millions each year

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

    Examining the distinction between a contractor and an employee

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

    Steps in the right direction are possible without changing laws

  177. GOP Group Calls for Eliminating Civil Forfeiture

    Mackinac Center scholar spoke on the issue prior to vote

  178. Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession
  179. 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.

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

    Other districts already pay for Detroit's liabilities

  181. The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time

    Proposed law would require public workers to work for the public

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

    Michigan press features arguments in advance of Thursday's debate

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

    Think tanks juggle privacy and advocacy

  190. IMPACT May/June 2015
  191. June 19, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

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

  192. A Look Back at Michigan's Battery Subsidies

    Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123

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

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

  195. 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

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

    Fiscal Agency ignores benefit spiking costs, underfunding risks

  198. National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Is Michigan’s GOP Legislature listening?

  199. Coverage of Steve Cook Pension Spiking in Detroit News

    Two Senate bills would prevent union abuse of public funds

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

    Senate Bill 280 takes union leaders off the public payroll

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

    But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them

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

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

  204. 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

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

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

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

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

  211. CAPPS Report Lays Out Some Solid Criminal Justice Reforms

    Michigan can reform prison policies without endangering the public

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

    The MEA should stop harassing teachers

  216. The Problem of Corporate Welfare

    Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle

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

    Discussing the role of unions in the modern workplace

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

    Proposed modifications to professor tenure in Wisconsin

  220. House Road Plan Secures Road Funding

    Understanding proposed earmarks for road funding.

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

    Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby

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

    Missouri may become 26th right-to-work state

  228. Overcriminalization Study in The Detroit News

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

  229. Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow

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

  230. June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

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

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

    New reforms would allow more local control

  232. Bills Aiming to Protect Property from Overzealous Forfeiture Clear First Hurdle
  233. 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

  234. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad
  235. That's One Mighty Big Bucket of $$$
  236. 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.

  237. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Study proposes fix to free/forced rider issue

  242. Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations
  243. 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.

  244. Tracking the True Cost of Tourism Spending

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

  245. MLive Quotes Mackinac Center President on Road Funding

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

  246. Home Schooling Not to Blame for Tragedy

    Greater regulations on home schoolers will not prevent future tragedies.

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

    Susan Bank's suit challenges legality of August Window 

  249. Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government
  250. Five Road Funding Principles

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

  251. Study: State Tourism Promotion Ineffective

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

  252. May 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  253. State Tourism Spending Ineffective

    For every $1 spent, hotel industry gets one penny

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

    Majority of respondents want film money to go to roads

  256. Skorup Discusses Civil Asset Forfeiture on WPHM

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

  257. House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills

    Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture

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

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

  259. Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?
  260. Report: It Would Take Three Years to Read All the Federal Government's Rules
  261. 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.’

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

    If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes

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

    Closing the system is saving taxpayers from future liabilities

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

    New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan

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

    James Hohman discusses the numbers on the Frank Beckmann Show

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

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

  274. Gov. Snyder Announces Criminal Justice Reforms

    Uses Center's research to make case for reforms

  275. Mackinac Center Event Featured in Media

    Topic of civil asset forfeiture attracts media and various ideologies

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

    Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback

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

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

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

    School pension plan requires large dedication of future revenue

  281. Corporate Welfare Isn't 'Essential' to a Vibrant Economy
  282. Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'
  283. 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.

  284. Schools of Choice Program Causes Greater Competition

    Mackinac Center research cited on WILX News

  285. Mackinac Center Cited on Dangers of Targeted Tax Breaks

    Shifting the tax burden from influential businesses to smaller counterparts

  286. Mackinac Center Event Panelist on Frank Beckmann Show

    IJ's Lee McGrath talks about civil asset forfeiture

  287. Hohman Quoted on Proposal 1 Defeat

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

  288. Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

    However, not all reforms are cuts

  289. Mackinac Expert Talks Film Incentives on NPR

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

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

    MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'

  296. Property Tax Revenue on the Rise
  297. Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance
  298. House Road Plan Relies on Reality

    Detroit News wrong to call it "mostly fantasy"

  299. FTC to Michigan Legislature: End Car Protectionism

    Let consumers buy cars from whomever they want

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

    First, look at current resources

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

    Experts lay out a path to funding Michigan's roads

  306. Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds
  307. Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District
  308. 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.

  309. Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive

    State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax

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

    Increasing cigarette tax would be counterproductive

  315. Mackinac Center Experts Show Cigarette Tax Increase is Counterproductive

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

  316. Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News

    Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year

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

    Politicians can find themselves deciding things of low value

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

    The unintended consequences of higher taxes

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

    Michigan fortunate not to have established state exchange

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

    State needs to address high costs associated with mandated generous coverage

  338. Bills Put Obsolete Laws on the Chopping Block
  339. Fix Disparities in Public University Funding in Michigan
  340. Reasons to Reason

    Why we need analytical thinking in our policy debates

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

    There's still no good evidence for this program

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

    The cost of expanding Medicaid more expensive than originally assumed

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

    Unions lose challenge to 2012 law

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

    Both rates and revenue on the rise

  358. School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance
  359. Collection Bins for Clothing and Used Goods Targeted as Nuisances
  360. April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees
  361. 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...

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

    National Public Radio wrong about Mackinac Center study

  366. Cigarette Tax Hikes Cause Unintended Consequences
  367. Detroit News Exposes MEDC Secrecy

    Michigan's corporate welfare program needs to be more transparent

  368. Facts About Road Safety in Michigan

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

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

    A Detroit mother explains the importance of school choice

  372. 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. 

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

    The state should curtain this ineffective program

  376. Mackinac Center Work on Prop 1 Gets Wide Coverage

    MCPP original research prominently featured in Prop 1 stories

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

    Here's why Michigan needs to reform civil asset forfeiture

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

    Restricting choice could lead to more students leaving Detroit

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

    New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras

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

    Former Mackinac Center president shares stories of his world travels

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

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

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

    Mackinac Center remembers a long-time friend

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

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

  410. LaFaive Quoted on State Board Meeting Spending

    The state spends $1.3 million on oversight boards each year

  411. Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

    Legislature should curtail these needless regulations

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

    Transitions costs are illusionary

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

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

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

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

  434. Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension

    Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential

  435. Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
    Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
  436. Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
  437. National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
  438. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
  439. Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
    Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
  440. Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
    The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
  441. The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
  442. Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
  443. 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.

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

    Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs

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

    Results show the investment is not worth it

  458. Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington

    Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates

  459. State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
  460. Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
  461. Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
    Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
  462. LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
    Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
  463. Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
    Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
  464. Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
  465. State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
  466. The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
  467. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  468. Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
  469. Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
  470. $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
  471. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  472. A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
  473. Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
  474. What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
  475. Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
  476. Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
  477. March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
  478. Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
  479. Hohman in Wall Street Journal
    Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
  480. Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
  481. School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
  482. House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

    $500 million spent for no permanent jobs

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

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

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

    Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth

  496. LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony

    Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling

  497. School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
  498. MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
  499. Hohman Testimony to House Committee
  500. How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
    No benefits to consumers to be found.
  501. IMPACT January/February 2015
  502. CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
  503. No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
  504. Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
  505. Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
  506. The Facts on Electricity Choice

    Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.

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

    Unions can no longer deduct dues from non-member paychecks

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

    The state should give workers and unions more choices.

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

    Michigan should end the MEDC

  516. MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
  517. 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
  518. House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
    The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
  519. LaFaive in National Media

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

  520. Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony

    Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine

  521. 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."

  522. What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
  523. 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
  524. Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
  525. International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
  526. Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales

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

  527. 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

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

    MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.

  534. Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
  535. Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
  536. Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

    $2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.

  537. State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
  538. How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
  539. Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
  540. Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
  541. How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
  542. 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.

  543. Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

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

  544. How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
  545. Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
  546. Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
  547. Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
  548. Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
  549. May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
  550. The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
  551. What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
  552. House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

    Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.

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

    President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.

  558. Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times

    How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.

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

    Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.

  561. Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards

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

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

    Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.

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

    More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.

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

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

  572. The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

    Legislators look to fix budget overspending.

  573. 'Free' Community College

    Not a very sound idea.

  574. Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
  575. In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
  576. Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
  577. Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
  578. Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
  579. 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.
  580. $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
  581. Michigan Celebrates School Choice
  582. Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
  583. Michigan Turns 178

    A look back at the early days.

  584. Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
  585. 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.

  586. Spalding Discusses School Choice

    Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.

  587. Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    Good progress in 2013, more to be done.

  588. Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline

    Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.

  589. State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
  590. The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
  591. 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
    Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
  592. Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

    Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.

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

    Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.

  595. Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts.

  596. Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission

    Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.

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

    Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.

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

    Now state needs to step up.

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

    Debunking an urban myth.

  611. Center Research Cited in Washington Post

    New cigarette smuggling study released.

  612. State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
  613. Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

    Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.

  614. 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

    Corporate welfare program a continued failure.

  615. MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
  616. Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
  617. Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
  618. Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
  619. Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
  620. 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.

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

    Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?

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

    Setting the record straight

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

    Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.

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

    Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.

  636. Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report

    How did your legislator do?

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

    Politicians often focus on less important matters

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

    New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.

  647. How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

    How would you spend an extra $130?

  648. Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
    Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
  649. Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
  650. No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
  651. The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
  652. Happy New Year!

    The perfect time for tax cuts.

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