Results 1 to 61 for the year 1996
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Results 1 to 61 for the year 1996
- Governor Appoints Mackinac Center Labor Director to State Civil Service Commission
- IMPACT! Winter 1997
- Should Good Relations with Employees Be an Unfair Labor Practice?
Employee Involvement programs to improve the workplace are under attack from organized labor. Should it be illegal for workers and their companies to discuss topics of mutual interest?
- An Economic Lesson From Michigan's Early History
Michigan's early state-run railroads and canals were such colossal failures that the citizens demanded a constitutional prohibition of state-run firms. This set the stage for Michigan's world-class lumber, carriage, and automobile industries.
- Privatization's Natural Resource: Public Goods, Private Efforts
Private efforts to treat municipal wastewater, monitor and maintain clean watersheds, make rational recycling choices, and purchase and sell air emission credits can protect the environment. Other articles include an interview with State Representative Howard Wetters on encouraging voluntary environmental compliance audits, and the story of a private wetlands developer and his amazing journey from environmental visionary to fugitive from justice. 20 pages.
- Failed State Experiments Teach Important Lesson
- High Time to Reverse Low Standards in Higher Education
Blame for the decline in literacy is often hung on K-12 public education. However, the university system that teaches the teachers should be made accountable for its contribution to K-12 educational problems.
- Pre-Existing Condition Mandate is Unhealthy Policy
By forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, a proposed Michigan law may make health insurance harder to get, not easier.
- What is Corporate Responsibility?
What does it mean for a firm to be a good corporate citizen? Are generous benefits, family-friendly policies, and earth-friendly practices enough, or are there also responsibilities to customers and shareholders?
- New Energy Tax is Bad Economics and Faulty Science
One of President Clinton's first actions was to propose an energy tax. This destructive tax proposal could be resurrected, but it is based on unsound economics and dubious science.
- Declining Standards at Michigan Universities
Reflecting a national problem, Michigan public universities are producing graduates who are unprepared for K-12 teaching careers and the business world. The demise of the traditional core curriculum, indoctrination in the classroom, and questionable teaching methods that emphasize emotion and subjectivity over rigor and critical thinking are to blame. The study documents extensive evidence cited by employers that college graduates lack crucial communications and thinking skills, and it finds a link between poor training of aspiring teachers and declining K-12 student performance. Analysis of over 300 undergraduate course syllabi reveal the dominance of trendy, politicized course content. 88 pages.
- Cutting Taxes to Raise Revenue
Are income tax cuts voodoo economics or an economic jump-start? History tells us what Coolidge, Kennedy, and Reagan learned when they slashed income taxes.
- Union "Salt" Poisons the Well
Some unions "salt" nonunion firms by forcing them to hire union sympathizers or even paid union organizers in an attempt to force them to unionize. This abuse means higher prices for consumers and loss of freedom for nonunion firms and their workers.
- More Juvenile Justice, Fewer Excuses
Our 97-year-old juvenile justice system sends the message to young criminals that the law has no teeth. Until young people are held responsible for their actions, the rebounding teen population will be accompanied by another surge in violent youth crime.
- Setting Standards, Changing Opinions, and Getting Results
- IMPACT! Fall 1996
- Can Michigan Keep Its Status as a Leader in Education Reform?
In Michigan, the same constitution that reads the "means of education shall forever be encouraged" is also the nation's strictest in forcing parents who choose an alternative to the public school system to pay twice for education. A tuition tax credit plan would provide some relief and address some of the flaws of a voucher system.
- Let's Get Moving on the Roads
Everyone agrees that Michigan's crumbling roads need to be fixed. The state needs to make road repair a higher priority, continue recent cost-saving and efficiency measures, and adopt other recommendations that apply market forces and sound economics to road funding.
- Exploring Medicaid Options
Michigan's Medicaid program has ballooned into a $4.5 billion giant. Medical savings accounts are a promising way to treat poor, disabled, and elderly people fairly and relieve Medicaid of the burden of providing long-term care for the middle class.
- Privatization's Big Picture
This issue frames privatization's big picture: an AFSCME labor union chief who embraces privatization, private prison successes, the role of private business in fostering civil society, an interview with the public school superintendent whose district is contracting with The Edison Project, and the regulatory extermination of America's jitney bus industry. 20 pages.
- Grover Cleveland: Could He Be Elected Today?
Historians usually give high marks to American presidents who expand the frontiers of government. Democratic President Grover Cleveland worked tirelessly to limit government and expand individual liberty in the late 1800s. Could he win election today with that philosophy?
- Cherries-More or Less?
Michigan leads the nation in tart cherry production. Some producers are lobbying the government to limit future production. Artificial controls on cherry production will retard development of new cherry markets and products essential to the industry's growth.
- Teen Challenge: Kicking Two Bad Habits
Two addictions eating away at American life are drugs and government. A remarkably successful Muskegon organization fights drugs without a dime of taxpayers' money and helps kick both bad habits.
- Toward a Civil Society
Government consumes 41 percent of personal income-an indication that ours is an increasingly political society. Restoring civil society means seeking more to solve our own problems and looking less to government.
- Would You Like to Buy a Lighthouse?
Michigan's lighthouses are sadly deteriorating under government ownership, but the law prohibits their sale to private owners. A policy of selling the lighthouses to those who have an incentive to preserve them could save these fascinating pieces of Michigan history.
- Ford Did Indeed Have a Better Idea
Henry Ford's automobile helped Michigan change the world. Without government assistance or mandates, he doubled workers' wages and reduced their hours. The result was lower cost and better quality for Ford and consumers.
- Supporters Appreciated, Recognized
- The Arts: Too Important to Depend on Politics
Legislation to create tax-levying "cultural districts" would make art more of a political decision and less of a personal one. The arts can and should be supported privately, as increasingly demonstrated by Lansing's WKAR public television and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
- Wanted: A Line Between Public and Private
Most people think government should do some things, but not every thing. Expanding government programs for things like "job creation" and "economic development" blurs the line between public and private.
- End the War Between the States
States are battling one another with arsenals of corporate welfare that use public money to attract select new factories and businesses. These counterproductive and discriminatory incentive programs should be replaced by more broad-based tax cuts and government reforms.
- Back to School with Privatization!
Michigan schools are using privatization to improve service and return more dollars to the classroom. Feature articles include school privatization in Pinckney, Baltimore (Maryland), and Montabella school districts. Other features include organized labor's pro-outsourcing heritage, public housing, budget challenges in Ecorse and Saginaw, and an interview with the state of Michigan's chief information officer.
- Over 60,000 Workers Better Informed
- Michigan's Privatization Revolution
Almost every duty of local government has now been privatized, somewhere in Michigan. Privatization is emerging as a bipartisan, good-government initiative. Communities can benefit by merely considering the privatization option.
- Success Stories from Oakland County
County government innovations in Michigan's second-largest county are saving money and improving public services for more than 1.1 million residents.
- Wheeling Electricity in Michigan
A plan to allow electric power competition in Michigan will lower the cost of manufactured goods for businesses. The plan should be extended to all electricity consumers, including residential.
- Reforming the Law of Takings in Michigan
If the state of Michigan takes from a land owner some, but not all, of the use or value of his land, the owner is not entitled to any compensation. This forces a few land owners to bear the entire cost of these takings that are intended to benefit the public as a whole. Many states have initiated reforms that would permit land owners to be more fairly compensated. This study outlines the practice of takings jurisprudence in Michigan, reviews the legislative responses in Michigan and other states, and makes specific recommendations for reform in Michigan. 40 pages.
- Do Michigan Exporters Really Need State Help?
Export subsidies are an example of corporate welfare that benefits a few at the expense of the many. Well over 99 percent of Michigan exports are made without the help of this special favors program.
- Kids Hope Is Changing Young Lives
Kids Hope USA links church volunteers with at-risk public school students. The program is a proven alternative to government programs which offer a distant and artificial substitute for real compassion.
- Public Housing Requires Private Management
Management of Detroit public housing is a disaster for residents, neighbors, taxpayers, and city officials. Private management of public housing has improved conditions for residents in other major cities.
- Time to End the Economic War Between the States
- Advancing Civil Society: A State Budget to Strengthen Michigan Culture
At its core, the budget of the state of Michigan is not about money-it is about people and the way they organize their society. This line-by-line analysis of Michigan's 1995-96 state budget reflects a principled vision for Michigan culture by asking this question about each budget item: Should this program or activity be done by the authority of the state and financed by taxes, or should it be done by its individual citizens acting in voluntary cooperation and private contract with one another? The study recommends over $2 billion in spending reductions (over 7 percent of the state budget) achieved by eliminating unnecessary and counterproductive programs, rolling back unjustified program growth, and contracting out for services that can be handled more efficiently by the private sector. This landmark analysis will help citizens, candidates, and officials of any state craft budgets that promote the strengthening of private institutions and civil society. 97 pages.
- New Development Efforts Move Center Closer to Goal
- Real Reform in Takings Law
Michigan land owners receive no compensation if the government causes partial, but not total, devaluation of their property. Other states have adopted fairer compensation laws that Michigan should consider.
- Juvenile Justice Requries Juvenile Responsibility
Shocking juvenile violent crime trends will not reverse until local communities are given wider latitude to ensure certainty of punishment and other deterrents to criminal behavior.
- The Electric Car Seduction
Alternative fuel subsidies and mandates distort the market signals that help make new technologies successful in the first place.
- Privatization to the Rescue!
Privatization comes to the rescue in feature articles on private security, emergency medical services, and emergency vehicle maintenance. Other features include a discussion of municipal golf courses; a summary of privatization efforts around Michigan; interviews with Phil Arthurhultz of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation; and MPR's first book review which checks out Revolution at the Roots by Bill Eggers and John O'Leary.
- Assessing the Renaissance Zone Idea
- The Quackery of Equality
"Free people are not equal and equal people are not free," is a profound truth that politicians forget when they try to force economic equality through punitive taxes and restrictions. Michigan's former inheritance and intangibles taxes are examples.
- Remembering "The Real McCoy"
Michigan black inventor Elijah McCoy's 52 patents helped the trains run efficiently and on time. The market rewarded his brilliant ideas and helped him overcome racial discrimination.
- An Oasis of Good in a Desert of Despair
Burdensome rules on government grants to a Detroit church divert resources from helping people to satisfying bureaucrats. Government should encourage more private giving, not try to replace it.
- Michigan Needs Discussion of Right to Work
Some consider freedom of choice a serious threat to organized labor. Michigan law denies many workers the right to choose whether or not to support a labor union. The twenty-one states which guarantee this freedom to choose through right-to-work laws also enjoy greater economic growth, job creation, and real wages.
- The Morality of Hiring Striker Replacements
Is the hiring of workers to replace striking employees a moral decision, a business concern, or both? A look at the inherent rights of workers and freedom of contract resolves the matter easily.
- The Salvation Army's War on Poverty
The Salvation Army has been waging war on poverty since long before the government declared its own war on poverty thirty years ago. A new city of Detroit ordinance makes it more difficult for the Salvation Army to help hungry and homeless people at its twenty Detroit shelters.
- Are Michigan's History Textbooks Reliable?
When history texts are poorly written, students are merely bored. But when they are distorted and biased, students may act on false ideas and live out a lie.
How reliable are Michigan's history texts at presenting the past in ways which are well organized, accurate, clear, and free of bias? In this study, four Michigan history textbooks are analyzed and reviewed against these criteria. The reliability of these texts is especially important since Michigan history is a required subject for Michigan fourth graders, and it is studied by many junior high and high schoolers too.
Parents, teachers, and school officials will find this study a valuable tool for making the best choices for their students. 28 pages.
- The Industrial Revolution and Free Trade
This splendid collection of 22 essays could just as well be titled "How Capitalism Saved Millions from Starvation." It answers one of the most crucial, enduring allegations about free market capitalism-that it made people poorer and exploited children, necessitating extensive government regulation.
A standout is the essay by Ludwig von Mises, which reads in part: "The factories freed the authorities and the ruling landed aristocracy from an embarrassing problem that had grown too large for them. They provided sustenance for the masses of paupers. They emptied the poorhouses, the workhouses, and the prisons. They converted starving beggars into self-supporting breadwinners."
Other essays tell how capitalism enabled millions to lift themselves up from wretchedness; chronicle government exploitation of people with taxes, trade restrictions and paper money; review the appalling legacy of Karl Marx; show how trade restrictions have destroyed jobs; and explain how capitalism liberated women. 178 pages.
- Private Cures for Public Ills
Public officials across America are discovering a solution to soaring government deficits, crushing tax burdens, inefficient bureaucracies, and public sector waste and fraud. The answer? Let private enterprise solve public problems.
This collection of 26 case studies shows how services including trash collection, education, mail delivery, and environmental protection have been better and less expensively provided by the private sector.
Michigan Governor John Engler writes in the book's foreword, "No one who fancies himself a `public servant' should dismiss [privatization] out of hand." 202 pages.
- Freedom from Bad Labor Advice
This informative resource gives workers straight answers to common questions about labor unions and employee rights and responsibilities. The question-and-answer format helps workers understand how federal labor law affects them directly on topics including mandatory union membership and payment of dues. Public employees, including teachers, will also benefit from this handy brochure.
- The Right to Know Payroll Form Kit
Employers across the country are finding The Right To Know Payroll Form an easy, effective way for employers to show their workers the true cost of government with every paycheck. An informative four-page brochure explains how to modify pay stubs to show line-by-line the hidden government-mandated costs paid by the company on behalf of the worker. These costs include employer-paid Social Security and Medicare taxes, unemployment and workers' compensation insurance, and other costly mandates. The Right To Know Payroll Form helps employees be better informed in the democratic process by shattering the myth that taxes, regulations, and mandates on businesses do not affect them personally.
- The Right to Know Payroll Form
- New Programs Recognize Contributors
- Right To Know Payroll Form FAQ
Commonly asked questions about the Right To Know Payroll Form are answered.
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