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  1. ‘Raise the Age’ Proposals Pending in Lansing
    New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults
  2. City Manager: ‘It might be nice if there was a utopia where everyone played with the same rule book’
  3. City Property Tax Breaks Mean Sweetheart Deals For A Select Few
  4. An Evening with the Mackinac Center
    Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.
  5. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Call For $15 Minimum Wage; Don't Pay Their Interns
  6. Jobs Department’s Fake News: $10 Tax return for Every $1 in Subsidies
    Program lacks transparency, too
  7. Political Free Speech, Cocaine Sentencing, Add Details to Liquor Control Law
    September 22, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  8. Former Congressman Dave Camp on Where Tax Reform is Heading in D.C.
  9. One In Four Michigan School District Teachers Chronically Absent
  10. Most Michigan Parents Satisfied with School Choice
    Superintendent Whiston backtracks from “backwards” claim
  11. Two Standards Of Justice For Sexual Assault Claims
  12. How a Private Arts Festival Thrives
    ArtPrize is in its ninth year
  13. State Increases Fee For Public Data From $96 to $3,800
  14. Legislature Takes Aim at Rolling Back Harmful Licensing Laws
    These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money
  15. Mackinac Center Joins 87 Groups and Activists Calling for Federal Tax Reform
    Time for a simple, efficient, sufficient and fair tax code
  16. MLive Erroneously Reports New Flint Police Officers Get Just $11.25/Hour
  17. A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan

    A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan

  18. Michigan Income Tax Cuts Remain Affordable
    State government is very well fed
  19. Meet The New Teachers Union Myths, Same As The Old Ones
  20. Ann Arbor Considering City Income Tax, Blames State
  21. Accommodate Citizens United, Terminate Parental Rights for Female Genital Mutilation, More
    September 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  22. Detroit Charter Schools Outperform District School Peers On State Tests
  23. Michigan Parents Satisfied with Education Choice
    New study looks at the factors driving increased school choice
  24. A Survey of Michigan Parents
    Who Use School Choice

    This report highlights the results of a survey conducted of Michigan parents who exercise some form of public school choice for their children. Among the diverse group of 837 parents from across the state who were interviewed, substantial majorities gave high marks to their chosen schools, said the experience boosted their expectations of their children’s future success and would likely recommend choice options to other parents. Respondents also said that information they receive from other parents influences their school choice decisions, in addition to published school performance data and in-person visits. Survey results further revealed that most parents highly value academics in making their decision, though safety and discipline are leading considerations as well.
  25. Best Schools In Michigan Would Vanish If For-Profit Charters Were Banned
  26. What Can We Learn from Michigan Parents Using School Choice?

    An increasing number of Michigan families are exercising choice within the public education system. More than 300,000 students attend either a charter school or another public school across district lines, most often through Schools of Choice. While there has been much debate about how school choice is working in Michigan, the voices of parents seeking educational alternatives have largely not been included in the discussion.

  27. Proposed Law Would Allow MDOC to Hire Felons
    Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment
  28. The Quiet Good News: US Economy Is Doing Really Well
  29. More Inaccuracies in New York Times Attack on Michigan Charter Schools
  30. New York Times Cherry-Picks Data In Takedown Of Michigan Charter Schools
  31. New York Times Article, Critical of Charter Schools, Misses Key Point on School Funding
  32. Private Harbors, Free IDs for Veterans, Fixing and Punishing City Election Goofs
    September 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  33. False Claims, Inaccuracies Rife in New York Times Article On Michigan Charter Schools
  34. Issues & Campaigns
  35. Flatten the Tax Code
    Select tax breaks aren’t the answer to our tax problems
  36. Public Service Commission actions threaten electric choice in Michigan
    MPSC intends to restrict access to out-of-state markets
  37. DTE Declines Participation In Township Wind Farm Debate
  38. The New Fight for the Right: Where the Conservative Movement is Going

    The Republican Party fully controls most states and at the national level has captured the House, Senate and presidency. By many measures, the party has more power than it has had in many decades. But will that control last? And, more importantly, what policy priorities are coming about from these political victories?

  39. Giving More Taxpayer Dollars to Universities Won’t Make Michigan More Educated
    No link between state spending and educational attainment
  40. Post Labor Day Weekend Good Time for Tourism Talk
    Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season
  41. Michigan Charter School Growth Modest Since Limits Lifted In 2011
  42. A “Not Welcome” Sign for Special-Needs Students
    Nonresidents denied local special education dollars in 21 ISDs
  43. Outgoing Leader Was Disastrous for Teachers Union
  44. Cutting Federal Great Lakes Funding Would Not Be an Environmental and Economic Crisis
  45. More Schools Than Ever Use Private-Sector Firms to Provide Support Services
  46. Legislators Shouldn’t Let a Political Celebrity Keep Them From Their Unfinished Business
  47. It’s Labor Day, But Union Officials May Not Be Celebrating
  48. City Hassles Homeowners Doing Airbnb Rentals, Legislature May Come To Rescue
  49. Contract Preferences for Immigrants, Restrict Stop-and-Frisk, Criminalize Leaving Pet in Car
    September 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  50. Average Detroit Teacher Missed 13 Days Of School Last Year
  51. New Subsidies Show Which Groups Are Important to Lansing Politicians
    Improving the rules for everyone puts residents first
  52. 83,000 Plus: The Number of State Regulations That Affect Your Life
  53. State Payments To City Hold Steady, Mayor Claims They’re ‘Abandoned’
  54. Cleaning Hats in Detroit Still Requires a License
  55. Change In Regulations On Electricity Markets Could Hit Schools
  56. Puffery And Spin The Norm When Industry Advocates Are Protecting Tax Favors
  57. UAW Spins 26 Percentage-Point Defeat By Nissan Workers As Just ‘A Few Hundred Votes’
  58. Michigan Having ‘Hardest Times In The Union’? That’s So 2009
  59. Bullying, Redskins, Foster Care Alternative, No Immigration Enforcement, More
    August 25, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  60. The Key Barriers Promoting Inequality
    Some agreement between the left and the right
  61. Media Personality, State, Exaggerate Economic Impact of Agriculture Sector
  62. A response to Oxford Economics' Review
    Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful
  63. New School Privatization Survey Results
    Nearly three-quarters of districts contract out
  64. Number of School Districts Privatizing Services Continues to Grow
    Districts see higher quality services for less money
  65. Former Campaign Manager Cites Granholm's Job Creation Despite Loss of 596,000 Jobs
  66. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2017

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 15th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 71.5 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

  67. Holland Going Into The Broadband Business
  68. Spending Up $1.8 Billion But Publication Claims Michigan ‘Disinvests’ In Schools
  69. Give Foxconn Nothing
    Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers
  70. Despite Record State Revenue, Spending Interests Predict Budget Meltdown
  71. Union Head’s Latest Media Tall Tale: Teachers Get No Time For Conferences
  72. Michigan Unemployment Rate: From Worst To ‘We’re No. 16!’
  73. Lansing Politicians Betray Their Stated Ideals
    Watch what they do, not what they say
  74. Cigarette tax debate should include lawlessness
  75. Dog-Fight Dogs, Obamacare, Financial Exploitation, Multi-Lingual State Websites
    August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  76. Home Health Caregivers Might Find Relief from Union Coercion at Supreme Court
    Mackinac Center joins groups to call an end to the union dues skim
  77. State Police Pay 43 Officers Over $300k Each To Not Retire
  78. One in Four Of This District’s Teachers Missed More Than 20 Days of School
  79. Lansing Politicians Put Favored Businesses Ahead of Everyone Else
    Another $1.2B in favors approved this year
  80. Oughta Be A Law? Neighbors’ Dispute Leads To Air Conditioner Noise Rule
  81. Let Local Schools Decide Their Calendars
    More districts seeking freedom from Labor Day mandate
  82. State Troopers Collect $400,000 Plus In Legal Pension Double-dipping Plan
  83. Cities hurt budgets with police/fire pension spiking schemes, blame state
  84. Hundreds Apply, But Grand Rapids Union Claims 'Teacher Shortage'
  85. City Income Tax Proposal On November Ballot Sparks Business Revolt
  86. Unflattering Comparisons Never Made About Male-Politicians – NOT!
  87. State of Michigan’s Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge
    Crowdsourcing the state’s carp strategy
  88. Election Season In Detroit, And Here Comes Another Transit Scheme
  89. Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School
    But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success
  90. How Michigan Could Benefit from District Voting
    Joe Lehman discusses concept on MIRS podcast
  91. Less Than A Year After Bailout, Detroit Schools Again Scramble to Stay Afloat
  92. Measuring Success in Alternative Education
    Programs serving dropout risks need meaningful metrics too
  93. To Improve Michigan’s Political Culture, Reverse the Trend Toward Overcriminalization
  94. How State Licensing Rules Harmed Flood Recovery
  95. Keep Michigan Taxes Limited
  96. School Officials, Teachers Unions, Media All Complicit In Edu-Disinformation
  97. State Revenue Up Almost Twice The Amount Of Defeated Income Tax Cut
  98. Opioids, Internet Gambling, Trump Tax Returns and More
    August 4, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  99. State Licensure Mandate Ensnarls Another Hair Braider
  100. Governor, Lawmakers Disagree Over Heavy 'Vaping' Regs
  101. Wayne County 'Jail Fail' Site Moves Closer To Subsidized Redevelopment
  102. IMPACT July/August 2017
  103. Regular People Get In Trouble For Doing This, But Government Skates
  104. The Foundation Allowance: Only The Beginning of School Funding
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  106. Federal Spending To Top $4 Trillion in 2017, Highest Ever
  107. 84 Companies Offered $63.8 Million Michigan Taxpayer Dollars In 2016
  108. Targeted Business Subsidies vs. Broad Tax Relief
    State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more
  109. High School Debate 2017/2018
  110. Rooting Out Suspected Bias A Full-Time Job At U-M
  111. State Drops Links To Left-Leaning Political Websites After Inquiry
  112. More Proposals to Amend the State Constitution
    July 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  113. Taking the Pension Task Force to Task
    Governments should stop generating new pension debt
  114. 20 Percent Of Michigan Jobs Disappeared Last Year – But Slightly More New Ones Were Created
  115. It Failed
  116. Trump Labor Secretary Joins Bipartisan Call for Licensure Reform
    Obama administration also wanted changes
  117. Most Teacher Salaries Are Increasing
  118. ‘Public Education’ Not Easy to Define
    Questions raised by rally for more school funding
  119. Want More Substitute Teachers? Pay Them More
  120. As Feds Expand Forfeiture, Michigan Looks to Restrict It
    Preserving property rights is essential
  121. How School Funding Works in Michigan
  122. Need A License To Shampoo Hair For Pay? Michigan Says ‘Yes’
  123. We’re No. 13: Fuel Price, Gas Tax Up In Michigan And Elsewhere
  124. The Allure of Corporate Welfare
    Both parties seem to agree that handing out select tax breaks is good politics
  125. Substitute Teachers Paid Fraction Of Full-Time Rate, May Explain Why They’re Hard To Find
  126. Novi Community Schools Received 952 Applicants For One Teaching Job
  127. Despite Claims, There Is No Teacher Shortage in Michigan
  128. Replace Coal With Solar? We’re Going To Need A Lot Of Acres
  129. Legislative Proposals to Change the Michigan Constitution
    July 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  130. A Solution to Local Government Debt
    Pension and retiree health care liabilities are in crisis and the time to act is now
  131. Union Head: Teachers Get No Time to Attend Professional Conferences
  132. Why Michigan Pension Reform Matters
    Michigan now a national leader on fixing pension problems
  133. Why We Can’t Build Infrastructure Like We Used To
    Regulatory burdens just as much to blame as political gridlock
  134. Beware the Union Label on Teacher Pay Newspaper Columns
  135. Michigan Unemployment Rate Lower For Not-The-Best Reason — But Still Very Low
  136. Statement on the Appointment of Vernuccio to the Federal Service Impasses Panel
  137. How Many People Should be in Prison?
    No easy answer, but here’s how to think about the question
  138. Mackinac Center Publishes New Report to Simplify Complexities of Education Funding
    How School Funding Works in Michigan can serve as resource for all stakeholders
  139. On Cigarette Tax Evasion, I Told You So
    Raising cigarette taxes has consequences and not always good ones
  140. How School Funding Works in Michigan

    Discussions about school funding can create more confusion than clarity. Each state has its own intricacies and peculiarities. Michigan is no exception. Funding flows down from different sources, often based on different formulas and intended for different purposes. There’s no one unified system that controls school funding — rather, schools rely on a number of systems layered on top of each to supply them with resources.

    This publication presents a brief overview of some of the key components of Michigan’s school funding system, if it can be called that. The goal is to provide a general understanding of how tax dollars reach schools and what they are intended for.

  141. House Shelves Effort to Provide Charter School Transportation Vouchers
  142. Kid Rock: ‘Work Your Butt Off And Pay Taxes’
  143. ‘Trough Truce’ on Display in Latest Debate on Corporate Welfare
    Latest business subsidy gets bipartisan support and some opposition
  144. Newspaper Cites ‘Cuts’ in Case for City Tax Hike — But Spending Is Up, Not Down
  145. Snyder Calls Legislature's Penalty For No Merit Pay 'Unenforceable'
  146. East Lansing Cries Poverty in Newsletter, But Fails to Mention Revenue Is Up
  147. Corporate Handouts Run Amok
    July 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  148. Union Gets $241k From Turning Teachers Over to Collection Agency
  149. Michigan Bans Direct Tesla Car Sales, But Made Money Trading Its Stock
  150. Another Judge Upholds Teachers’ Right-to-Work Status; Faults Union’s Tactics
    Mackinac Center calls on Michigan Education Association to stop sending teachers to collections
  151. Wind Farm Developer Responds to Michigan Conflict of Interest Questions
  152. Questionable Job Claims, Patronage Perks Part of Pistons' Move to Detroit
  153. Mackinac Center: Michigan a National Innovator in Pension Reform
    State addresses underfunding while protecting earned benefits
  154. Special Needs Families Deserve Transparency
    Posting ISD special education plans enables sound decisions
  155. Christian Farm Family's State Training Contract Canceled for Prayers, God
  156. Social Media: Did Betsy DeVos Stiff Waiter On $500 Restaurant Bill?
  157. Detroit Schools Chief Wants Out of Charter School Business
  158. Site Map
    An overview of the website.
  159. ‘But For’ Can’t Be Proved: Corporate Welfare is a Waste
    New MEGA not costless, despite assurances
  160. Elected Officials Stand to Get Thousands from Wind Deals If Zoning Approved
  161. Does Your Campus Free Speech End at My Mob’s Power to Shout You Down?
  162. 1 In 10 People Who Had Property Forfeited To Police Were Not Charged With A Crime
  163. New Corporate Welfare Proposal is Unfair
    'Good Jobs for Michigan' a repeat of failed MEGA program
  164. Union Head: GOP Made Teaching Undesirable; 952 Apply for One Opening
  165. Major Accomplishments (forward)
  166. Paris Was a Bad Deal for the US
    Greens agreed with Trump on Paris before he pulled out
  167. Red Tape Keeps Flooded Midland Residents Up A Creek Without A Repairman
  168. A Map of Michigan Commute Times
    Where do people make the longest drives to work?
  169. The Unreported Reason Why Detroit’s Unemployment Rate Dropped
  170. In Remembrance on Independence Day: William T. Wilson, Ph.D.
    Economist once paid steep price for intellectual honesty
  171. Two Michigan Cities Ranked Among Nation’s Best Places To Be A Teacher
  172. Return of the Mega Subsidy
    Corporate welfare still demonstrably ineffective
  173. Teacher Shortage in Detroit Calls For New Policies
  174. Lawmakers May Further Subsidize Millionaires and Billionaires with New Program
  175. A Proposal to Build Trust in Government: Let Lawmakers Vote from Home
  176. Teacher Says Young People Don’t Want Teacher Jobs; Data Say They Do
  177. Michigan Cities are Banning People From Renting Out Their Property
  178. Opioids, Slingshots, Switchblades, Police Sex with Prostitutes and Important 'Do Not Resuscitate' Proposal
    June 30, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  179. The Model Facade: Selling Jobs to the Public, Press and Policymakers
    History shows models are used to obscure costly, ineffective programs
  180. In Picturesque U.P. Peninsula, It's Birds v. Wind Turbines
  181. The Double Standard in Environmental Protection: A Reprise
    Delving further into sewage system failures
  182. Loophole Could Make State's Open Records Law a Dead Letter
  183. MEGA 2 Hearing Demonstrates Desperation
    New corporate welfare proposal gets hard sell in tax committee
  184. City Emails: Christian Farmer's Facebook Post Led to Ban From East Lansing Market
  185. Michigan's Robust Municipal Finance Model
    Taxpayer protections don't stop revenue growth
  186. Where's Teacher Shortage School Districts Claim?
  187. Trump’s Crime Policy Comes to Lansing
    Rhetoric about US cities’ “serious violent crime problem” is misleading and distracting
  188. ‘Richest Person in Michigan’ Could Get Richer With New State Subsidies
  189. Special Deals for Special Corporations
  190. There You Go Again: Teachers Union Spins Misleading Food Stamp Claim
  191. Why Does Michigan License Painters?
    Few other states do
  192. Big Budget Bills, Jail for Bringing in too much Beer, Ban Government Charter School Discrimination, more
    June 23, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  193. Free Press Omits Key CREDO Charter School Finding
    Students learning more from most Michigan for-profit operators
  194. Teacher Pay Rates Unusually Stable
  195. Kids Experience Entrepreneurship at Detroit Children's Business Fair
    Second annual event provided opportunities to learn, grow and earn money
  196. A Plea for Fairness, Transparency and Intellectual Honesty
    Testimony prepared for the Michigan Travel Commission
  197. Superintendent Gets Above Average Pay, District’s Teachers, Below Average
  198. Michigan DROPs Big Payouts to Retain State Police Employees
  199. Planning for Life Workshop – Traverse City, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  200. Traverse City Should Avoid Risky Public Internet
    Most municipal broadband projects losing money
  201. Watchdogs Sleep
  202. Michigan Wine Taxes Among the Highest in the Region
  203. Done: With School Pension Reform, State's Big Pension Liabilities Contained
  204. Traverse City Government Still Thinking About Internet Project
  205. Government Internet Coming to Traverse City
  206. Teacher Gets $80k Salary, Spends Half His Time on Union Work
  207. Pension Reform, Electronic Vehicle Registration, Decriminalize Idling in Driveway
    June 16, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  208. Vitti’s ‘Student-First’ Agenda Faces Early Test
    Pay limits for incoming teachers an unnecessary obstacle
  209. Teacher Makes $77k, Gets $13k Raise Over 5 Years, Complains It's 'Embarrassing'
  210. Michigan is Spending As Much on State Police Pensions as Salaries
  211. Mackinac Center Praises Groundbreaking Pension Reforms in Michigan
    State demonstrates national leadership in addressing public employee retirement crisis
  212. Michigan House Dems Propose State Contract Preference for Immigrants
  213. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  214. George Orwell and Humpty Dumpty Economic Policy
    Michigan must remember warnings to not corrupt the English language to give businesses 'free' money
  215. Skorup Speaks on ‘Good Jobs’ Proposal Before Michigan House Committee
    These bills provide more opportunities for some by taking from the many.
  216. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle

    Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, but with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by companies like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win.

  217. Detroit Schools Would Already Be in Deficit if Not for Teacher Vacancies, Extra State Money
  218. Do Millionaires Need More Subsidies?
    MEGA 2.0 bound for failure
  219. IMPACT May/June 2017
  220. As Soaring Pension Debt Eats Budgets, Teacher Says Reform ‘Makes No Sense’
  221. U-M Student Newspaper: Shouting Down Speakers Doesn’t Infringe Free Speech
  222. Michigan Universities Also Socked by Massively Underfunded School Pensions
  223. Business Subsidies Won't Drive Growth
    The Detroit News wrong on proposed business subsidy program
  224. Energy Debt for Colleges, No Special Permit to Carry
    June 9, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  225. Why Government Fails at Economic Development
    Politicians and bureaucrats repeatedly fail at picking the winners
  226. Isabella County Closer to Allowing 200 or More Wind Turbines
  227. Solar Makes 1/676th the Electricity As Coal In Michigan
  228. How to Get a Property Tax Hike: Spend Big on Democratic Political Consultant
  229. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle
    Free event in Lansing to discuss accommodations of the future.
  230. Fighting for Free Speech on Michigan University Campuses

    Some institutions of higher education have cracked down on free speech. Even in Michigan, universities have speech codes that restrict students’ speech, campus groups have prevented speakers from delivering talks and administrators have stopped individuals from handing outcertain literature.

  231. $500,000 Retirement Nest Eggs Likely Under Teacher Pension Alternative
  232. Detroit Mayor's Jobs Program Starts With His Office Payroll
  233. Lawmakers Take Second Run at Expanding Open Records Law – to Themselves
  234. Conservatives and Liberals Rally Support for Repealing Mandatory Life Sentences in Michigan
    Senate proposals would complete 15-year effort to end mandatory minimum drug sentencing
  235. Pension Protestors Should Be 401(k) Supporters
    Offering 401(k)-style benefits is good for teachers and taxpayers alike
  236. Medical Pot Bringing $8.8M, 48 New Positions to Michigan State Police
  237. State Tourism Subsidies Unnecessary, Ineffective and Unfair
  238. If Michigan Officials Believed School Pensions ‘Vital’ They Would Have Paid for Them
  239. Michigan’s Union Members Deserve Democracy
  240. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Explains Proposal For Legislature
  241. If This Is Considered 'Working' ... We'd Hate To See What Failure Looks Like
  242. Government ‘Phone-In’ Voting; More State Housing Loans; Piling Costs on Defendants
    June 2, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  243. Sheriff Questions Racetrack's $800,000 State Police Subsidy
  244. Allow Michigan Legislators to Vote from Home Districts, Not Just at Capitol Building
    Mackinac Center President: More time in districts could increase voters’ trust in elected officials
  245. Second Chances Start in Midland
    Local organization helps ex-offenders reintegrate safely and successfully
  246. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Underestimates Teacher Pay — By $26,000
  247. Detroit Can Fill Teacher Shortages
    Credentials, compensation offer keys to solve problem
  248. $94K Teacher Complains Salary ‘Stagnant’ at the Top
  249. Law Would Make Bringing Large Amount of Alcohol into Michigan a Felony
    Bills pushed by wholesalers to ‘keep a higher profit for themselves’
  250. Michigan School Pension Debt Resembles Credit Card Junkie’s Fiscal Death Spiral
  251. Incentive Programs Fail: Evidence is All Too Clear
    Center Scholar Speaks to Tax Group in Florida
  252. Top Legislative Leaders Make School Pension Reform Their Top Budget Issue
  253. Teacher Wears Pizza Uniform From Second Job To Protest Pay
  254. Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More
    May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  255. Conflicted: Unions Call Nonmembers ‘Free Riders,’ But Insist on Representing Them
  256. Writer Insinuates Racial Politics in DeVos’ Hometown, But Events Rebut Claim
  257. State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse
    Tantamount to only brushing your teeth when you go to the dentist
  258. Did You Know? Post-Water Crisis, Fed and State Money Pours Into Flint
  259. Pension Shortfall Since 2009 is Enough to Give Every Teacher a $180K Bonus
  260. Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
    If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student
  261. School District Spent $275,000 in Public Dollars on Tax Hike Vote
  262. Michigan Teachers Are the Nation’s Highest Paid
  263. Official State Plan for Failing Schools: Meetings, Plans, Discussions, More Plans
  264. School Funding in Michigan Reaches All-Time High
    Record revenues for schools likely will continue
  265. Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax
    May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  266. Astroturf? Facebook Page Promotes Union Politics Under Tea Party Flag
  267. If US Relied on Solar, Not Coal, 12 Million Workers Would Need to Be Repurposed
  268. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation

    You may not have seen them on the highway yet, but autonomous vehicles are here. The potential benefits of this and related technologies are immense. But they also present new and unique regulatory and infrastructure challenges for state and local governments. Brent Skorup of the Mercatus Center has written extensively on these issues and will lay out the principles and practices policymakers should pursue when determining how to regulate these new technologies.

  269. Why Michigan Has a Pension Problem
    Everyone wants to avoid responsibilities on retiree benefits
  270. National Park Service Spends $506k to Promote Old Cars
  271. If School Pensions are ‘Vital,’ They Should Have Been Properly Funded
    School employees are the state's largest creditors
  272. Michigan Democrats Vote to Give Detroit Schools Money for Students Who Don't Go There
  273. Unions for Underfunding
    Claims of AFSCME aside, an underfunded pension plan benefits from closing it, not keeping it open
  274. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation
    Free event in Lansing to explore emerging vehicle technologies
  275. Study Suggests Segregation Hurting Battle Creek Schools’ Budget
  276. Not Taxed Enough? How About Now? Is It Ever Enough for Special Interests?
  277. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
  278. Michigan Public School Enrollment Down 25 Percent Since 1978
  279. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
  280. Michigan Motorists Taxed More; Media and Special Interests Say ‘Not Enough’
  281. A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes
    May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  282. Mackinac Center Welcomes James Barrett to Board
    Past Michigan Chamber president brings public, private sector expertise to free-market think tank
  283. Zero Dollars For Michigan Infrastructure? Only If $4 Billion For Transportation Not Counted
  284. Union Says Don’t Change Pension System, But Most Teachers Get No Pension
  285. Why Trump is Wrong About Trade

    There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will make the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

  286. Do Renewables Really Make Economic Sense?
    Let’s find out by letting them compete in a free market
  287. Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income
    Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money
  288. Let People Rent Out Their Property
    New bills would let homeowners use Airbnb, other services
  289. How to Stop the 'Dues Skim' of Federal Home Health Care and Child Care Funding

    A PDF copy of this study is available.


    United States taxpayers currently spend $545 billion annually on the federal government’s Medicaid program. This money is meant to aid the disabled and vulnerable and to support low-income families. However, millions of these dollars are being redirected before they ever reach the people they are meant to support.

    About $41.5 billion of Medicaid funds are sent to states through the Home and Community-Based Services “waiver” program.This waiver allows those eligible for Medicaid — individuals suffering from a disability, illness or other affliction — to use these funds to pay for in-home care, as opposed to enrolling in an institution. These in-home services are often provided by family members or friends, or other local, independent providers. Medicaid payments are sent directly to these providers on behalf of their Medicaid-eligible “client.”


  290. Big Pension Bite Likely On Kellogg's $51 Million Battle Creek Schools Gift
  291. Congressional Science Spending Largely Untouched
    Federal spending bill lets the air out of protestor’s tires
  292. Michigan House Considers Constitutional Amendment to Protect Data
    Proposed law would provide urgently required protections to individual rights to privacy and property in Michigan
  293. Operating Some of Michigan's Best Public Schools is Not A Crime
  294. Support Young Entrepreneurs at the Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Free, public event showcases the next generation of job creators
  295. Central Academy Excels on High School Report Card
    Ann Arbor charter builds cultural awareness, character
  296. Mackinac Center Praises Lawmakers Trying To Hold Pure Michigan Program Accountable
    One Democratic lawmaker tried to defund multi-million dollar program; others calling for investigation into unsubstantiated ROI claims
  297. Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence, Imply Tourism Officials
    Tourism officials make claims they can’t support
  298. How Much Are Goldfish Worth? $4.3M If Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
  299. Legislature Overhauls Michigan’s Criminal Justice System
  300. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
  301. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
  302. Schools in Poorer Towns ‘Poorly Funded’ — If You Don't Count All Their Funding
  303. False Assertions Abound about Green Energy Program
    Will DTE support true consumer choice in electricity?
  304. Big Handouts for Developers, OK to Warm Up Car in Driveway, Social Media Games
    May 5, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  305. Legally Innocent, Yet Behind Bars
    Michigan’s cash bail system means pre-trial justice may not be so just
  306. Matthew Elliott: The Brains Behind Brexit

    Matthew Elliott is a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and one of the United Kingdom’s foremost political campaigners, having recently served as the CEO of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 European Union referendum. He led the 2011 NOtoAV campaign against the Alternative Vote, and turned what was a strong majority in favor of changing Britain’s voting system to a strong majority against.

  307. Dem Amendment Would Define Michigan's Top High School As Criminal Enterprise
  308. Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill
    Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment
  309. Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote
  310. A Better Way to Fund Universities
    Give the money to students
  311. Court of Appeals Unanimously Rules Against MEA’s ‘August Window’; Upholds Teachers’ Right to Work
    Not a single judge agreed with the union on this issue
  312. 28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time
  313. ‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat
    State aid for colleges still wasteful
  314. It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture
    The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders
  315. Should Construction Workers Pay Taxes to Billionaires?
    Under proposed legislation, some of them would
  316. Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District
  317. Election Today! And Plenty of Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering, Too
  318. Legislature Considers Reopening a Closed Business Subsidy Program
    Good Jobs For Michigan is a repackaged MEGA
  319. Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk
    Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management
  320. Former Legislator Over-the-Top on Lobbyists Lying
  321. Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools
  322. Feds Subsidize Solar Cell Maker - And Its Customer
  323. Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft
    April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  324. Grand Rapids is a Regional Leader in Attracting People
    City leads Minneapolis and Chicago in population growth
  325. Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements
  326. Teachers Union Claims Poverty Is Growing In Michigan — But It’s Not
  327. The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension
  328. Back to the MEGA Future: Good Jobs for Michigan Reinvents Failed MEGA Program
    Proposed law shares remarkable similarities with old, failed law
  329. Larry Reed Versus ‘Smug, Arrogant, Self-Righteous, PC, Campus Insanity’
    Mackinac Center founder bullied by leftist authoritarians while giving lecture on ancient Rome
  330. It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant
  331. After Obamacare: How Michigan Can Deliver on Patient-Centered Health Care

    Obamacare repeal-and-replace is underway, and regardless of whether it passes or fails big, changes are coming for Michigan’s medical services and insurance industry, and the state’s social welfare system, especially Medicaid.

  332. Save Closures for Truly Failing Schools
    Context needed for decisions, whether by state or local officials
  333. Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes
  334. Nothing More Certain Than Taxes and School Officials Wanting More of Them
  335. Official Would Need 7-Day, 14-Hour Schedule to Juggle Three City Jobs
  336. Switchblades, Slingshots, Sneaky School Debt Schemes and More
    April 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  337. Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies
  338. Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy
    Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it
  339. Another Michigan School District, Another False Union ‘Teacher Pay Cuts’ Story
  340. Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously
  341. Dear House Tax Committee: Pure Michigan Return on Investment Not Validated
    State Rep. Jim Tedder asks the right question
  342. Net Domestic Migration by County
    Michigan county gains and losses
  343. While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests
  344. Excessive Lawmaking Road to ‘Regiment Every Aspect of Society and Commerce’
    Lawmakers "regiment every aspect of society"
  345. What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature
    Good for politicians and well-connected businesses, bad for Michigan
  346. Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant
  347. State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole
  348. Some Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    April 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  349. Dem Candidate For Governor Says: Preserve Failed Detroit Schools, Close Charters
  350. Interest on School Pension Underfunding Could Pay Entire Prison System Cost
  351. Wake-Up Call Helps Rural School Bloom
    Bloomingdale leaves state watch list
  352. Detroit School Enrollment Reaches Historic Low
  353. Michigan Pothole Hotline Has More Business This Year
    Call or fill out a form to request a repair
  354. Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One
    Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs
  355. Pension Funding Best Practices Remembered
    But only when they serve bureaucrat Interests
  356. If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?
  357. Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington
    Trump’s Regulatory Affairs Director appears serious, and she has a record
  358. Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law, More Left to Do
    Enacting some long-overdue reforms should pave the way to pass several others this year
  359. Property Tax Bills May Spike Due To School Pension Underfunding
  360. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
    Legislators are considering it
  361. The Failing Business of Business Favors
    What would you say you do around here?
  362. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2017-2018
  363. School Claims Its Tax Hike Emails Don't Invade Privacy - but Opponent's Would
  364. Fighting Fake News With Deceptive Cartoons
  365. School Inc. Could Open Michigan Viewers’ Eyes
    New documentary closely follows major Arizona choice law
  366. These Seven Proposals Would Change Michigan’s Constitution
    April 7, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  367. Democrat Told Occupiers 'Too Much Corporate Politics’; Votes for More in 2017
  368. Don't Force Charter Schools Into State Pension Plan
  369. Up in the Dumps
    Michigan landfill business is booming
  370. Out, Out, Brief Candle!
    Could Mr. Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order mean the end of life on Earth?
  371. Proposed Wind Turbines In Michigan County Taller Than 'Mighty Mac'
  372. Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency
    Public records now at public’s fingertips
  373. Michigan Treasury Erroneously Sent Out a $14.5 Million Check
  374. State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets
  375. Planting Trees in Vacant Parking Lots to Save Great Lakes
  376. Ann Arbor School Board Member: Have Charters Contribute to Public School Pension Fund
  377. State Should Review Supreme Court Pay
    Salaries have been frozen for 15 years
  378. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
  379. Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough
  380. Ex-Offenders Are Closing the Gap
  381. Legislative Testimony
  382. Michigan Incomes Up Strong After 4 Years of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’
  383. Children of Monsters: The Strange Lives of Children of Dictators

    Please join us at Northwood University as Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, presents his book "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators."

  384. The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan
  385. No Government? No Problem
    Michiganders create innovations, not merely solutions, when problem-solving
  386. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
    It's time for free-market reformers to act
  387. More Corporate Handouts, Water Down Graduation Standards, Breathalyzed Minors
    March 31, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  388. How Lansing Dodges Tax Cuts
  389. Hybrid Plan Did Not Fix School Retirement System
    It is at risk of underfunding and has barely enough assets
  390. 1,400 Michigan Wind Turbines Needed To Replace The Palisades Nuclear Plant
  391. Michael Moore: Trump Rule Change Means Human Extinction
  392. Trust Parents with School Grading System
    No good reason to complicate or hide information
  393. Media's Attacks on DeVos Rife with Factual Inaccuracies
  394. Michigan to Pay $660 Million in Secret Corporate Giveaways This Year
  395. Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy
    Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan
  396. Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault
    Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers
  397. Meet the New Detroit School District: Fewer Students, More Expenses, a Deficit
  398. A Case for Popular ISD Board Elections
    Agencies spending more of state’s K-12 tax dollars
  399. IMPACT March/April 2017
  400. Money For Nothing: Best Teachers’ Pay Stagnates While ‘Ineffectives’ Get Raise
  401. Better Managed Moose Get $203k From 'Critical' Great Lakes Funds
  402. You, Too, Can Be A Certified Media Fact-Checker For Just $99
  403. Why Mackinac Published Names and Wages of Government Workers in a Searchable Database
    The information belongs to the people
  404. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  405. Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling
    March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  406. An Empire of Smuggled Smokes
    New York's cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back
  407. Union Privileges Cost Veterans
    Providing unions with "official time" hurts the important work of the VA
  408. Do High Tax States Grow Faster?
  409. Great Lakes Restoration: $62k For 'Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience'
  410. Mackinac Center Temporarily Removes Some State Employee Salaries from Database After Questioning Accuracy of State Data
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
  411. Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
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  413. Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills
  414. Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay
  415. Wellspring Prep Growing Strong
    Diverse Grand Rapids charter readies kids for college
  416. Good With His Hands, But Sidelined By Massage License Requirement
  417. Governor's Tourism Conference Must Address Pure Michigan Shortfalls
    Mackinac Center analyst offers counterpoint to state’s promotion campaign
  418. $581k In Great Lakes Restoration Money For Mohawk Tribe To Talk Fish, Tribal Beliefs
  419. Henry Ford Community College Gets 'Yellow Light' Rating for Speech Code
  420. Michigan Wants to Fine Schools for Indian Mascots But Not for Violating State Laws
  421. Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime
    Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue
  422. Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More
    March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  423. In the Battle for Jobs, Subsidy Programs Shoot Blanks
    More subsidies won’t improve economy
  424. Statement on the FY2018 Federal Budget Blueprint
    Lots of details to work out, but budget deserves recognition
  425. Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'
  426. The Value of Pipelines (and Line 5) to Michigan
    Testimony from the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board
  427. Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies
    Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more
  428. Extra Caution Needed On 'Average' Teacher Salary Claims
  429. State Government Workforce Up First Time In 7 Years
  430. Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills
    Senate bills 111-115 being considered
  431. Licensing: Fact vs. Fiction FAQ
  432. Michigan's Occupational Licensing Requirements
  433. License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing
    Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy
  434. This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

    Click here for a PDF of the full study.

    The Declaration of Independence lists the “pursuit of happiness” as one of Americans’ “unalienable rights.” For most, this includes the ability to pursue a vocation of their choice. But occupational licensure laws stand in the way of many people trying to exercise this right. For too many people, the right to pursue their dreams has been halted by governments that require them to jump through hoops, pay fees and meet other often arbitrary and inconsistent requirements.

    This report gathers data on every occupational license in Michigan. It describes the impact and costs of licensure laws, as documented in the empirical research that has been conducted on this issue. It explains how and why licensing requirements are typically created, but also outlines some of the fundamental problems with a broad licensing regime. Finally, it compares Michigan’s licensing requirements to those of other states and makes recommendations for how the state could reform occupational licensure for the benefit of job-seekers and entrepreneurs and for the state’s economy as a whole.

  435. Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District
  436. Average Teacher Pay in Macomb County's Utica District: $80k
  437. Michigan Has Reversed the Flow of Interstate Migration with Illinois
    Illinois used to gain net population from Michigan
  438. The Secrecy of 'Pure Michigan'
  439. The Best-Paying Public School Districts In Michigan
  440. $135k To Study Insects Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
  441. HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency
    This should be ‘science 101’
  442. How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable
    Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017
  443. Republicans, Pursue Your Agenda with Gusto
    Advice for the Legislative majority
  444. Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names
  445. Property Taxes Are Michigan Governments' Largest Money Maker
  446. Some Small Tax Breaks, But Total State Tax Collections Rise Faster
  447. Close To Immortal: Michigan Won't Close Failing Public Schools After All
  448. Michigan Medicaid Patient Can't Find Care, So She Pays For Innovative Alternative
  449. How Many College Bureaucrats Does It Take To Answer A Records Request?
  450. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
    Online charters already perform OK for much less money
  451. Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers
    March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  452. Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan
    After four long years of debate, change has finally arrived
  453. $750k 'Great Lakes' Grant Included Reverting Golf Course To Natural State
  454. Affluent School Districts Benefit From Expanded State 'At Risk' Spending
  455. Ridesharing Gets Rolling in Michigan
    Massive expansion after sensible regulations passed
  456. Applications Open for Second Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Children ages 6-14 encouraged to apply
  457. Ideas Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree On
    Plenty of middle ground, even in a divisive political climate
  458. Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say
  459. Obscure Websites and Protecting Great Lakes
  460. Debate Resources: Public Forum Topic Posts
  461. Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform
    Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor
  462. Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture
    Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan
  463. More Transparency on the Way in Michigan
    Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public
  464. Here's Who Runs U-M Office that Took 106 Days To Release Four Emails
  465. Upper Peninsula Democrat Breaks With Party On Vote To Cut State Income Tax
  466. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time

    As police departments seek to reduce crime, restore trust in law enforcement and improve the strained relationship between officers and civilians, many have begun shifting to more community-oriented operations.

  467. Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations
    SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems
  468. Tax Hike Cost Michigan Households $1000
    Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes
  469. U-M Refuses to Disclose Its President's Politicking
  470. Baldwin High School Beats the Odds
    Unique rural community bolstered by college focus, innovative initiatives
  471. A Glimmer of Hope for Job-Seeking Ex-Offenders
    Corrections Department could hire former prisoners under proposed bill
  472. Give Michigan Drivers Relief from High Auto Insurance Premiums
  473. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend Another $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
  474. Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader
  475. /licensing -> /licensure
  476. Great Lakes Cash 'Critical' — Really?
  477. Schools' Double Whammy: Declining Enrollment, Soaring Pension Expense
  478. Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability
    March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  479. Miggy's City Income Tax Bill = $152,899
  480. Repressive Speech Codes At Michigan Community Colleges Model PC Universities
  481. Detroit Redefines 'Annual' To Take Much Bigger Income Tax Bite From Pro Athletes
  482. Mackinac Center Sues University of Michigan Over Open Records Violation
    Journalist waits more than 100 days for university to supply four emails
  483. Detroit Policy From a Free-Market Perspective
    Ideas for the city in advance of the Detroit Policy Conference
  484. This Isn't Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers
  485. Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High
  486. Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions
    Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers
  487. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time
    Free event in Lansing to discuss community policing
  488. Environmental Policy Initiative
    Guiding Principles
  489. Michigan Can Afford a Tax Cut
    State revenue has grown for years
  490. Families Paying $1 Billion More In State Income Tax
  491. 'Gag Order' Put NMU On List of Anti-Free Speech Campuses
  492. Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt
    Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’
  493. Use Extra Community College Money to Lower the Income Tax
    Taxpayer spending is up even as student numbers drop
  494. Real Class Credit for Taking 'Fake News' Course at University of Michigan
  495. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

    A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy.

  496. Nation’s First Hearing on Worker’s Choice Bill Happens Tuesday
    Missouri Legislature considering idea first presented by Mackinac Center
  497. To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations
    Why the Motor City has so few plumbers
  498. Michigan Pays for Fudged Climate Data
    Fake news, meet settled science
  499. Teacher Making $53,000 Says She Could Earn More as a Waitress
  500. You're Paying $1.29 Billion More For This
  501. Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up
  502. GOP Governor Thanks House GOP Tax Cut Opponents
  503. Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers
    February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  504. Compel School Districts to Reward Great Teachers
    Wisconsin study highlights benefits of performance pay
  505. Donor Privacy Policy
  506. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
  507. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
  508. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
  509. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
  510. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
  511. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
  512. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
  513. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
  514. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
  515. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
  516. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
  517. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
  518. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
  519. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
  520. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
  521. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
  522. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
  523. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
  524. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
  525. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
  526. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
  527. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
  528. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  529. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
  530. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
  531. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
  532. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
  533. Protecting Business Owners’ Right to Free Speech
  534. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
  535. Fighting For a Teacher’s Right to Work
  536. Suing the State to See Flint Water Documents
  537. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
  538. Holding the University Of Michigan Accountable
  539. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
  540. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee

  541. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
  542. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
  543. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
  544. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
  545. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
  546. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
  547. The InternNet
  548. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
  549. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
  550. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
  551. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
  552. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
  553. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
  554. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
  555. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  556. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
  557. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
  558. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
  559. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
  560. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
  561. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
  562. IMPACT January/February 2017
  563. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
  564. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
  565. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
  566. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
  567. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
  568. The Job No One Wants
  569. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
  570. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
  571. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
  572. A Better Way to Rank Schools
  573. Detroit Window Washer Tax
  574. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
  575. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
  576. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
  577. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  578. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
  579. And Then There Were 28
  580. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
  581. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
  582. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
  583. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
  584. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
  585. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
  586. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
  587. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
  588. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
  589. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
  590. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
  591. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
  592. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
  593. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
  594. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
  595. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
  596. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  597. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
  598. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
  599. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
  600. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
  601. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
  602. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
  603. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
  604. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
  605. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
  606. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
  607. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
  608. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
  609. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
  610. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
  611. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
  612. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
  613. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
  614. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
  615. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
  616. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
  617. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
  618. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
  619. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
  620. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
  621. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
  622. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
  623. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
  624. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
  625. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
  626. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
  627. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
  628. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
  629. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
  630. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
  631. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
  632. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
  633. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
  634. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
  635. Roseville Man Becomes Facebook Famous, and Criminally Liable, for Warming His Car
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse for leaving running vehicle unattended, police chief says
  636. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
  637. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
  638. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
  639. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
  640. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
  641. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
  642. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
  643. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
  644. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
  645. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
  646. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
  647. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
  648. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
  649. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
  650. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
  651. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
  652. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
  653. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
  654. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
  655. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
  656. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
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