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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
  4. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
  5. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
  6. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
  7. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
  8. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
  9. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
  10. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
  11. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
  12. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
  13. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
  14. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
  15. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
  16. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
  17. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
  18. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
  19. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
  20. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
  21. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
  22. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
  23. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
  24. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
  25. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  26. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
  27. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
  28. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
  29. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
  30. Ronald Robinson v. Michigan Education Association
  31. Mackinac Center for Public Policy v. Department of Enviromental Quality
  32. Sylvan Inn B & B v. Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Bureau
  33. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
  34. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
  35. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
  36. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee

  37. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
  38. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
  39. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
  40. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
  41. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
  42. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
  43. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
  44. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
  45. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
  46. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
  47. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
  48. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
  49. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
  50. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  51. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
  52. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
  53. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
  54. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
  55. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
  56. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
  57. IMPACT January/February 2017
  58. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
  59. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
  60. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
  61. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
  62. Detroit Children's Business Fair Application
  63. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
  64. The Job No One Wants
  65. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
  66. A Better Way to Rank Schools
  67. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
  68. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
  69. Detroit Window Washer Tax
  70. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
  71. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
  72. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
  73. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  74. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
  75. And Then There Were 28
  76. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
  77. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
  78. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
  79. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
  80. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
  81. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
  82. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
  83. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
  84. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
  85. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
  86. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
  87. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
  88. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
  89. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
  90. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
  91. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
  92. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  93. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
  94. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
  95. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
  96. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
  97. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
  98. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
  99. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
  100. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
  101. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
  102. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
  103. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
  104. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
  105. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
  106. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
  107. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
  108. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
  109. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
  110. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
  111. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
  112. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
  113. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
  114. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
  115. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
  116. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
  117. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
  118. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
  119. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
  120. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
  121. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
  122. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
  123. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
  124. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
  125. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
  126. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
  127. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
  128. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
  129. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
  130. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
  131. 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
  132. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
  133. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
  134. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
  135. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
  136. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
  137. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
  138. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
  139. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
  140. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
  141. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
  142. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
  143. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
  144. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
  145. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
  146. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
  147. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
  148. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
  149. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
  150. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
  151. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
  152. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
  153. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
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