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  1. More Spending Not the Solution to School Woes
    Per pupil spending and average teacher salary have little impact on student performance. Michigan needs to devote less attention to cash and more to strengthening the role of parents to make progress in improving education.
     
  2. When Local Control Means Control by Locals
    The Michigan Education Association claims to support more local control and site-based management but opposes charter schools and choice.
     
  3. MESSA: Insurance for Political Power
    In more than 300 of Michigan's 524 K-12 public school districts, costly health insurance for school employees is administered by an organization whose practices are secretive and monopolistic.
     
  4. Ecorse: The Fall and Rise of a Michigan City
    Ecorse, a Michigan community south of Detroit, gained a national reputation in the late 1980s as a town that took privatization seriously. Over a four-year period, Louis Schimmel, court-appointed receiver, privatized most city services, cut the city's work force more than 60 percent, and eliminated a $6 million budget deficit. Daddow's review of the city's efforts to correct its fiscal problems through spending discipline and privatization is a must-read for every city official who wants to learn lessons from a city that's been to the brink and back. 99 pages.
     
  5. A Prosperity Agenda for Michigan Cities
    Introduction by David G. Sowerby

    This study compiles recently released 1990 U.S. Census Bureau data to measure the economic and fiscal policy performance of Michigan's eleven largest cities. Using an index composed of poverty rates, population growth, job growth, and per capita income, the authors find that six cities grew during the 1980s while five declined. The per capita tax burden was found to be 65 percent higher in the declining cities than in the growing cities, a difference of more than $1,100 per year in taxes. Preface by prominent Michigan economist and Mackinac Center scholar David Sowerby. 19 pages.
     
  6. Send the Cash, Keep the Change
    Genuine school reformers say, "Change the system so schools can work better, and we will be happy to fund them." Unfortunately, many of those in the government education monopoly say, "Send the cash, keep the change."
     
  7. The Hazards of Cigarette Taxes
    When government seeks new revenues, "sin taxes" are among the first proposed. It should be recognized that cigarette taxes are regressive and smokers already pay the full costs of their habit.
     
  8. Charter Schools as Catalysts for Change
    Charter schools can transform the culture of public education into opportunities to do things better. Other states have shown they can inspire new ways of thinking about education.
     
  9. Michigan Education Special Services Association: The MEA's Money Machine
    This exhaustive report illuminates the inner workings of the Michigan Education Association's health insurance division, known as MESSA. It documents how tens of millions of the public's education tax dollars are wasted each year on uncompetitive teacher health insurance, and how MESSA is part of a systematic plan to subsidize the MEA's basic operation and political activity. 64 pages.
     
  10. Real-life Stories Show Need for School Choice
    Proponents of educational choice should not allow the opposition to depersonalize the debate. This commentary cites instances that show how the absence of choice hurts children.
     
  11. Putting Incentive to Work in Education
    The Mackinac Center's innovative Education Credit Account concept encourages schools to work harder and smarter to give parents hope for higher education for their children, whether they choose public or private schools.
     
  12. How Well Do Schools Prepare Their Students?
    Today, too many students have poor reading and writing skills, little motivation to learn, and minimal ability to reason. When East Harlem, New York, adopted a choice plan, student motivation and academic achievement improved dramatically.
     
  13. Michigan's Economics Knowledge Deficit
    Economics is a subject that dominates public policy discussion, but it's being short-changed in Michigan's schools. Sound economics knowledge is a blueprint for a sound economy.
     
  14. Do Schools Really Need More Money?
    Contracting custodial work, busing, and food services can save schools money. If schools paid what most retailers pay for custodial work, they could save over $1 million dollars per year.
     
  15. Modern Schools for Michigan: An Outline for Educational Reform
    After the Michigan Legislature's vote to end property tax funding for schools, the Mackinac Center issued this outline of a comprehensive education overhaul for Michigan. It suggests policy changes including parental choice, school-based management, and charter schools. Also included is an explanation of the Mackinac Center's innovative Education Credit Account idea. 7 pages.
     
  16. Privatized Child Foster Care Works for Michigan
    Private agencies in Michigan are providing foster care for children that is less costly than that provided by the state. This example of privatization is an important success story.
     
  17. Sales Tax on Services a Bad Idea
    Michigan should learn from Florida's failed 1987 attempt to extend its sales tax to cover services. If done, it would disadvantage small businesses which compete with large firms and boost the state's administrative costs.
     
  18. Cost of Government Day: July 13, 1993
    The average American spends over half his time laboring to pay the total price of government spending and regulations. This should remind us that a government that's big enough to give us everything is also big enough to take everything we have.
     
  19. Certificates of Need: Poor Health Care Policy
    Michigan's CON law requires hospitals and nursing homes to secure state approval before making certain capital expenditures. This regulation restricts competition, curtails investment, requires costly paperwork, and actually raises operating costs.
     
  20. Airports are Going Private
    Since Great Britain sold seven major commercial airports in 1987, airport privatization has taken off everywhere. Neighboring Canada has privatized four of its largest airports. The track record is such that responsible public officials at the federal, state, and local levels can no longer dismiss the idea.
     
  21. Child Foster Care in Michigan: A Privatization Success Story
    Few issues are more emotional and controversial than how states care for children who are removed from families because of neglect, abuse or abandonment. This extensively documented report finds that it is less costly to place children in foster care supervised by private agencies than for this service to be provided by Michigan's Department of Social Services. Privatization of this important social service serves as a model for other states. 16 pages.
     
  22. Washington Should Kick the Mandate Habit:
    Unfunded mandates forced on state governments by Congress pose a substantial challenge to both their budgets and their fiscal sovereignty. Nearly one-third of the growth in Michigan state government revenue for 1993 was consumed by the cost of federal Medicaid mandates alone. The authors' recommendations include the creation of a mandate ombudsman and database, requirements that Congress determine the cost of mandates before passing them, and a call for Michigan's federal representatives to appear before the state legislature to explain their positions on mandate issues. 17 pages.
     
  23. The Most Promising Health Care Reform
    Medical Savings Accounts would encourage Americans to pay smaller medical bills out-of-pocket. Low-cost, high-deductible insurance could then take care of larger bills. The MSA idea avoids price controls, rationing, and huge tax increases.
     
  24. Tax Cut Plan Avoids Mistakes of the Past
    The 1993 statewide ballot proposal known as "Proposal A" had its flaws but nonetheless would have provided tax reductions then, true tax limitation in the future, and predictability of assessments for overtaxed property owners.
     
  25. NAFTA and the Benefits of Free Trade
    Genuine free trade with our neighbors would broaden consumer choice, increase trade and investment opportunities, create new jobs, and make more goods available at lower cost. The North American Free Trade Agreement could be strengthened if its protectionist features were removed.
     
  26. Proposal A: An Analysis of the June 2, 1993, Statewide Ballot Question
    In 1993, Michigan voters were asked to consider a plan that would cut property taxes and cap property assessments, raise the sales tax, and establish a $4,800 per-pupil guarantee for the public schools. "Proposal A" was defeated, but not without intensive debate in which this study figured prominently. The report identifies both pros and cons of "A," including independent, in-depth analysis of its likely impact on the state budget, schools, and property owners. Although "A" is now consigned to the history books, this study is a useful tool for understanding school finance, the economics of property taxation, and related constitutional questions. 40 pages.
     
  27. An Agenda for Choice and Quality in Education
    A brief list of reforms for education includes making state aid "portable" across school district lines, saving money through privatization, empowering local school management, and encouraging teacher entrepreneurship.
     
  28. Taxing Savings Destroys Jobs
    An analysis of Clinton tax proposals concluded that 2.3 million private sector jobs would be lost over six years if certain policies became law.
     
  29. The High Cost of Bad Law
    Repeal of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 would end a special interest subsidy and make more funds available for such things as education, mental health, or job creation through a lower tax burden on private enterprise.
     
  30. Hyping the Head Start Program
    The $2.2 billion Head Start program for low-income preschoolers is a successful education experiment-if success is measured by good public relations. Unfortunately for its advocates, there is virtually no evidence that Head Start has any significant, long-term impact on children's lives.
     
  31. The Looming Threat to NAFTA
    The North American Free Trade Agreement is supposed to reduce government intervention and eliminate trade barriers. Efforts to transform it into a labor and environmental treaty, however, threatened to cancel out its free-trade advantages and prevent its passage by Congress.
     
  32. A School Choice Program That's Working
    The southern Wayne County town of Wyandotte has implemented a "program of choice" as a result of changes in the law that already is bestowing benefits other Michigan localities would be well-advised to adopt.
     
  33. Time to Strengthen the Headlee Amendment
    The 1978 Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution restricted government spending and taxation and provided important protection to taxpayers, cities and counties. Problems have arisen, however, that deserve the attention of Governor Engler's special commission.
     
  34. Washington Should Kick the Mandate Habit (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    Congress has a knack for mandating programs and then dumping the costs on the states. Such unfunded mandates are costing Michigan nearly $100 million in just the Medicaid program alone and, in the process, preempting the discretion of Lansing lawmakers to use scarce funds.
     
  35. Taxes Make a Bigger Difference Than You Think
    The next time you purchase something, think of its cost in terms of what your gross earnings have to be in order for you to afford it. In many cases, taxes almost double the cost of goods and services.
     
  36. Michigan's Experiment with Public School Choice: A First Year Assessment
    In 1991, the state of Michigan required each of the state's 563 school districts to devise intra district choice plans by April 1992. Wittmann and DeVore examine those plans and conclude that what could have been a bold new beginning for school reform in Michigan turned out to be a largely unproductive extension of the status quo. Genuine choice, competition and accountability in education require far more fundamental changes that will break the monopoly of the public education establishment and create a real marketplace for education. 57 pages.
     
  37. Michigan Hurt by Erosion of "Employment-at-Will"
    The judicial assault on employment relationships in the free marketplace has burdened Michigan business with costly litigation. We need to restore the freedoms of contract and association in the "employment-at-will" doctrine.
     
  38. Let's Get Serious About Educational Choice
    Irregular school board and bond election dates confuse voters, decrease turnout, and enable narrow special interests to unduly influence public school governance. Consolidating all school elections on the November ballot would alleviate these problems.
     
  39. The Church's Role in Breaking the Bonds of Poverty
    Why do government welfare programs perpetuate poverty? How can private efforts through churches more effectively meet the needs of the poor and disadvantaged? Six street-smart Christian leaders answer these questions and more as they address the true meaning of compassion. Recorded at the Mackinac Center 's Statewide Summit for Religious Leaders, Dr. Marvin Olasky, Reverend Lee Earl, Dr. Virgil Gulker, Sister Connie Driscoll, the Honorable Timothy Walberg, and author Doug Bandow challenge the religious community to reassert its traditional role in caring for the needy. More than theory, these inspirational talks relate real world experiences and offer practical advice for helping the needy. Two cassettes, 4 hours.
     
  40. What Everyone Should Know About Economics and Prosperity
    Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman endorses this book as a "splendid and informed exposition of the basic principles of economics . . . the exposition [is] simple, concise, lucid, and free from jargon." The authors explain not only how free markets work, but also how and why excessive taxation and other government interventions lead to a diminished standard of living. Great for students and teachers! 119 pages.
     
  41. Designing a Comprehensive State-Level Privatization Program
    This manual addresses privatization opportunities at the state level and offers suggestions for identifying opportunities, employing techniques, and minimizing opposition. 20 pages.
     
  42. The Engler Administration: A Mid-Term Review
    January 1993 marked the half-way point of Governor John Engler's first term. In this review of the Engler administration, the Mackinac Center notes, "While the nation opts for change in one direction, progress in another is taking place here under the leadership of Governor Engler toward putting government in its proper (read: smaller) place." The report cites the strengths and weaknesses of the administration and concludes by assigning Governor Engler an overall grade of "A-." In addition, several new initiatives are suggested for 1993 and 1994 including civil service reform, property tax cuts, budget reductions, and privatization. 8 pages.
     
  43. Set of 7 Privatization Guides
    Over 130 pages of helpful information! These seven privatization manuals were produced and have been made available to Michigan officials by the Mackinac Center in cooperation with the California-based Reason Foundation.
     
  44. Costs Savings from Privatization
    This compilation of findings provides a substantial body of research that has documented significant savings from privatization. Citing 100+ studies, this report demonstrates real cost savings from the privatization of dozens of government services. 20 pages.
     
  45. Privatization Opportunities for States
    State leaders need ways to streamline government and reduce budgets. This guide will give information on privatization in corrections, education, state parks, health, social services, agriculture, and transportation. 28 pages.
     
  46. Competitive Contracting of Transit Services
    This manual provides answers to the costly woes of transportation. When transit bus service, for instance, is competitively contracted out to private firms, savings range from 30 percent to 60 percent with no reduction in safety or service quality. 20 pages.
     
  47. How to Compare Costs Between In-House & Contracted Services
    Public officials need accurate cost comparisons of in-house vs. outsourcing to make informed decisions. This guide presents a step-by-step approach for assessing the true cost of providing services. 18 pages.
     
  48. Designing an Effective Bidding and Monitoring System to Minimize Problems in Competitive Contracting
    Problems can be avoided in the privatization process if the proper guidelines are followed-the use of performance bonds, the elements of a competitive bid process, the rules for comprehensive monitoring, and judging contractor effectiveness. 12 pages.
     
  49. Designing Comprehensive Privatization Programs for Cities
    This guide explains how privatization programs can help cities cut costs. Topics include identifying appropriate privatization opportunities, developing programs, and overcoming obstacles. 20 pages.
     
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