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  1. 25 CCs of Adrenaline
     
  2. Wine Sellers and Protectionism
     
  3. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 21, 2004
     
  4. Price-Fixing Versus the Poor
     
  5. Unwrapping Privatization
     
  6. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 14, 2004
     
  7. Dancing Around Education: A 170-Year Waltz With Reform
     
  8. Asian Food for Thought
     
  9. Solve the Problem Any Way We Can
     
  10. Intelligent Design?
     
  11. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 7, 2004
     
  12. The Changing UAW
    In innovative and very pragmatic new contracts with Ford, Chrysler and leading suppliers Delphi Corp. and Visteon Corp., the UAW finally consented to different levels of compensation for members who previously were entitled to the same, famously rich packages.
     
  13. New Year’s Resolution: A Taxpayer Bill of Rights
    At the end of fiscal 2000, Michigan budget officials informed lawmakers that the treasury had received $600 million more than had been budgeted. Rather than return it to taxpayers, state legislators went on a spending spree that included a new polar bear exhibit for the Detroit Zoo.
     
  14. Profit Has a Role in Public Schools
    Maybe what’s needed in the public schools is more profit, not less. Think about it: Where is the crisis in public education these days? Is it in the availability of desks, food or computers, or in other areas provided by the for-profit private sector? The crisis concerns the classroom — the part delivered by government, regulated by legislatures and supervised by district bureaucracies.
     
  15. Veterans’ Woes Illustrate Problem With Government Health Care
     
  16. Slicing Municipal Golf from Government Balance Sheets
     
  17. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 30, 2004
     
  18. Ironic Choices
     
  19. From Cranberries to Acrylamide — 45 Years in the Anxiety Industry
     
  20. The Legacy Society: Nurturing the Tree of Liberty
     
  21. Bequeathing Freedom
     
  22. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 23, 2004
     
  23. Patient Approach
     
  24. Capitalizing Trouble
     
  25. Michigan Needs to Become Freer to Become Richer
     
  26. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 16, 2004
     
  27. Undereducated Today, Outsourced Tomorrow?
     
  28. The Granny Clause
     
  29. Profit, Loss and Pluto
     
  30. Lawrence Reed on Public Policy Principles
     
  31. Son of Richard H. Headlee Comments on His Father’s Passing
     
  32. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 9, 2004
     
  33. Remembering a Giant: A Tribute to Richard H. Headlee
     
  34. Mackinac Center President Honors the Memory of Richard H. Headlee
     
  35. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: The British Connection
     
  36. Fiscal Policy in Michigan
     
  37. An Outsourcing Parable
     
  38. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 2, 2004
     
  39. From Arbroath to Austin
     
  40. Should You Fear School Choice?

    For the past 87 years, the Netherlands has enjoyed a universal, nationwide school-voucher program. Dutch high school seniors and recent graduates score first in the world in mathematics, second in science and fourth in literacy.


     
  41. Mental Health Care Reform Should Put Patients First
    State compliance requirements divert enormous resources toward monitoring the process followed by local mental health authorities, while doing little to measure whether patients in the system actually get better.
     
  42. The Golden Calf of Democracy
    In spite of this year’s candidates singing interminable paeans to “our democracy,” America is thankfully not one and never has been. Our founders established a republic, modifying democracy considerably.
     
  43. Just Pay Me Tuesday, Warren
     
  44. Well-InformedVotes.org
     
  45. IMPACT Fall 2004
     
  46. Courts Limit Selective “Economic Development”
     
  47. Issues & Ideas Luncheon, October 2004
     
  48. The Cause and Perils of Inflation
     
  49. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 26, 2004
     
  50. Spending Fix?
     
  51. Striking Out
     
  52. Teaching by Example
     
  53. Recycling Garbage
     
  54. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 19, 2004
     
  55. Bay Mills Charter Crews
     
  56. Gaining Ground
     
  57. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 12, 2004
     
  58. Tax Cut Stories Miss the Picture
     
  59. Fewer Students = More Money?
     
  60. Storm Drain
     
  61. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 5, 2004
     
  62. Freeing to Choose
     
  63. An Anchor to Windward
     
  64. Why Socialized Health Care in Canada Is Not the Model to Follow
    “[Canadian health care] produces inferior age-adjusted access to physicians and technology, produces longer waiting times, is less successful in preventing deaths from preventable causes and costs more than any of the other [health care] systems that have comparable objectives.” — The Fraser Institute of Vancouver, British Columbia
     
  65. Did Anybody Really Know What Time It Was?
    “In every city and town,” historian Stewart Holbrook wrote in 1947, “the multiplicity of time standards confused and ewildered passengers, shippers and railway employees. Too often, errors and mistakes turned out disastrously. …”
     
  66. “Milking the Cow” of State Development Departments (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    We cannot lose sight of the fact that selective favors discriminate against those who do not receive them and distract policymakers from the broader business-climate reforms that would benefit everybody.
     
  67. Honoring John and Ranny Riecker
     
  68. The Silver Lining to the Toyota Deal
     
  69. Economic Development's Dismal Record in Michigan
     
  70. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 28, 2004
     
  71. School Board Self-Help
     
  72. Translating Ideas Into Success
     
  73. Should You Fear School Choice?
     
  74. Counties Held “Hostage” to Wasteful State Spending
     
  75. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 21, 2004
     
  76. Mackinac Center Analyst Suggests Balanced-Budget Solutions
     
  77. Charter Schools: Left Untried
     
  78. Back to Budget Basics
     
  79. Issues & Ideas Luncheon, September 2004
     
  80. Mackinac Center Scholar to Debate Michigan AFL-CIO President
     
  81. "60 Minutes" in September
     
  82. Outsourcing Benefits Michigan Economy and Taxpayers
    Lawmakers in Congress and in more than 30 state legislatures have targeted foreign outsourcing as a threat to U.S. employment and prosperity. Along with certain critics in the news media, such as CNN’s Lou Dobbs, they charge that U.S. companies are firing American workers in significant numbers and replacing them with foreign service workers in low-wage countries such as India. Legislative proposals in Michigan and elsewhere have focused on barring federal or state contracts with companies that would “offshore” the work to call centers or information technology providers abroad.
     
  83. Detroit News Editorial Reaches Same Conclusion as Mackinac
     
  84. Mongol Khan-Quest
     
  85. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 14, 2004
     
  86. Does Teacher Certification Matter?
     
  87. County Tax Shift: It Quacks, It Waddles; It’s a Duck
     
  88. Certifiable Numbers?
     
  89. Labor Gains
    American workers have achieved a gold-medal year.
     
  90. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 7, 2004
     
  91. When Politics Trumps Science
    There’s no shortage of examples in which public policy has proved deadly when divorced from science.
     
  92. The Record of “Economic Development” Policy in Michigan
    Between 1995 and 2003, Michigan finished 51st among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in employment growth.
     
  93. Going Broke by Degree
    I have looked carefully at the relationship between economic growth and state spending on universities. I found a strong negative relationship — higher state spending equals lower rates of economic growth.
     
  94. Shortchanging Michigan
     
  95. U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Ohio’s Targeted Investment Tax Credit Unconstitutional
     
  96. Union Members' Attitudes Toward Their Unions' Performance
    Zogby International and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy undertook a nationwide survey of union members to determine their views of their unions’ performance. We asked union members about union effectiveness, union responsibilities, union political spending, ways for workers to create a union and how unions should treat workers.
     
  97. Pivotal? Probably Not
     
  98. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 31, 2004
     
  99. Power to the People?
     
  100. A State Gas Tax That Should Run Out of Fuel
     
  101. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 24, 2004
     
  102. Debate Workshops 2004
    Visit the Debate Web Site for research links and biographies of the workshop presenters.
     
  103. Michigan’s Budget Deficit Calls for Structural Reforms
     
  104. Carpenter Helps Build Jobs With Snow
     
  105. Michigan Education Report (2004-01)
     
  106. Student Debaters To Study United Nations Peacekeeping Resolution at Annual Mackinac Center Workshops
     
  107. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 17, 2004
     
  108. A Telecommunications Policy Primer
    A guide to understanding telecommunications law and regulation in Michigan and the United States.
     
  109. The Blackout of 2003 Doesn’t Justify Regulation in 2004
     
  110. America’s Scientific Leadership Imperiled by Weakened Curricula
    As Intel CEO Craig Barrett told Congress, “The sad truth is that the longer our students stay in our schools, the farther they fall behind in math and science.”
     
  111. Re-regulating Electricity Could Shock Michigan’s Economy
    A reversal in deregulation would restrict choice in electricity supply, harming rather than benefiting consumers and the businesses that employ them.
     
  112. When Will Conventional Public Schools Be as Accountable as Charters?
    Charter schools were created with the idea that “performance will be rewarded and poor performance will be sanctioned.”
     
  113. Free Markets Blossom in Vietnam
     
  114. Democracy Isn’t Nirvana
     
  115. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 10, 2004
     
  116. Wetlands You Can't Bank On
     
  117. Symbolic Victories?
    The Legislature is considering no fewer than 11 new bills to create state symbols.
     
  118. “Milking the Cow” of State Development Departments (General Article)
     
  119. The Real Lessons of Walter French Academy
     
  120. Reform Efforts Can Bring Budget Solutions (long version)
     
  121. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 3, 2004
     
  122. Make America Safer by Making Government Smaller
     
  123. Vindicating Property Rights
     
  124. Detroit Schools’ Deficit Appears Linked to Adding Staff During Enrollment Decline, Says Analyst
     
  125. Offshoring State Services Benefits Michigan
     
  126. Vouchers or Tuition Tax Credits:
     
  127. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 27, 2004
     
  128. Assessing Electric Choice in Michigan
    Ending the regional monopoly structure in the generation of electricity was intended to provide customers with lower rates and improved service quality, while also increasing generating capacity for electricity in the state. But attempts are underway to reverse the course of this restructuring.
     
  129. New Study Warns Against Re-regulating Michigan’s Electricity Market
     
  130. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 21, 2004
     
  131. Issues & Ideas Luncheon, July 2004
     
  132. National Survey Suggests Union Workers at Odds With Union Officials Over Organizing Tactic
     
  133. Checking the Premises of “Card Check”:
     
  134. State Economic Development:
     
  135. Playing Monopoly With Detroit’s Kids
     
  136. Lansing Bureaucracy Threatens New Communications Technology
    The Michigan Public Service Commission says it wants a “consistent regulatory policy.” Aiming for “consistency in policy usually means protecting special interests.
     
  137. Union Subjects Religious Objector to Modern-Day Inquisition
    The MEA is alone among NEA state affiliates in requiring objecting teachers of faith to do anything more than write a letter outlining their basic beliefs.
     
  138. Eminent Domain Extremism Runs Into Judicial Brick Wall
    Judge Susan Borman delivered a stinging rebuke to government officials who could not show a public necessity for taking over the family’s bridge.
     
  139. Cities that Cry Poverty Should Sell Their Money-Losing Ski Areas
     
  140. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 13, 2004
     
  141. Detroit Schools Should Take Advantage of Teacher Placement Program
     
  142. When Will Conventional Public Schools Be as Accountable as Charters?
     
  143. Are Targeted Incentives Constitutional?
     
  144. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 6, 2004
     
  145. The True Meaning of Patriotism
     
  146. Michigan Privatization Report Spotlights
     
  147. Cigarette Tax Increase Should Go Up in Smoke
     
  148. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 29, 2004
     
  149. Government Spending Lobby Has 200 Service Taxes for You
     
  150. Is Affirmative Action the Right Fight?
     
  151. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 22, 2004
     
  152. Bob Lyons, R.I.P.
     
  153. Competition for a Prize Launches the New Space Race
     
  154. Lower Gas Prices by Scrapping Counterproductive Regulations
     
  155. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 15, 2004
     
  156. Governor’s Water Scheme Is All Wet
    The governor can’t credibly call for improving the business climate and making Michigan more competitive with other states, while at the same time pushing for overregulation.
     
  157. Cut Train Subsidies to Re-connect Rural Michigan
    Michigan taxpayers are shelling out almost $40 per rider on two Amtrak lines, on top of paid fares. No one has explained why it’s worth that much tax money to put a rider on a train instead of a bus or car.
     
  158. What Is Real Compassion?
    When we expect the government to substitute for what we ourselves ought to do, we expect the impossible and end up with the intolerable.
     
  159. Government Policies Make Gas Situation Worse
     
  160. Strange Lessons in School Discipline
     
  161. Analyst Lauds Governor’s Decision to Wait for Dioxin Data
     
  162. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 8, 2004
     
  163. Bioavailability Study Needed for Dioxin
     
  164. Education for All: Choice, Reform, and Optimism
     
  165. On the Passing of Ronald Reagan, America’s 40th President
     
  166. Setback for Workers: Granholm Administration Doesn’t Want State Employees to Know Their Rights
     
  167. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 1, 2004
     
  168. Why Limit Government?
     
  169. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 25, 2004
     
  170. Cities Need Less Government, Not More
     
  171. Home Schooling: An “Encouraging and Robust” Movement
     
  172. Making a Difference for Liberty in the World
     
  173. Cut Taxes on Smokeless Tobacco Products to Improve Health
     
  174. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 18, 2004
     
  175. Groundwater Regulation Would Threaten Michigan’s Economy
     
  176. What Can't Brown Do for You?
     
  177. AFL-CIO Says: Union Rules Hurt Us
     
  178. 100,000 Public School Employees Near Deadline to Save $200 Each
     
  179. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 11, 2004
     
  180. Back to Basics: State Tax Policy and Economic Development
     
  181. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 4, 2004
     
  182. Recommendations to Strengthen Civil Society and Balance Michigan’s State Budget — 2nd Edition
    An Analysis of Fiscal-Year 2003-04 Appropriations and Recommendations for 2004-05.
     
  183. Lawmakers Could Balance Budget by Cutting Spending and Selling State Assets
     
  184. Are Jobs the Object?
     
  185. Wetlands Case Proves Need to Curtail Abuse
    The Army Corps of Engineers came up with the “migratory molecule” rule, which says that even isolated wetlands fall under federal jurisdiction because there is a theoretical chance that a water molecule from any location may reach a navigable waterway.
     
  186. Real World Entrepreneur Gives Economics Lesson to Government Officials
    Sometimes the most penetrating economic insights come from “real people” in the rough-and-tumble world of small business capitalism.
     
  187. Jobs Outsourcing: Beneficial Trade by Another Name
    Outsourcing greatly lowers our cost of consumption, raises our standard of living tremendously and directly supports many jobs.
     
  188. Picturing a Successful Government
     
  189. Forging Consensus
    Can the School Choice Community Come Together on an Explicit Goal and a Plan for Achieving It?
     
  190. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 27, 2004
     
  191. Privatization Could Have Michigan Seeing Green
     
  192. Adam Smith's Principles of Sound Tax Policy
     
  193. Legislature May Give Away $1.6 Billion ‘Racino’ Windfall
     
  194. Adam Smith’s Principles of a Proper Tax System
     
  195. Earth Day, Not Doomsday
     
  196. No More Czars, Please
     
  197. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 20, 2004
     
  198. “Not Yours to Give”
     
  199. Seven Principles for Selecting a New DNR Director
     
  200. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 13, 2004
     
  201. Victory for Free Speech Against MEA Lawsuit: Interview with Lawrence Reed and Joseph Lehman
     
  202. Of Architecture, Philosophy and Individualism: The Alden B. Dow Story
     
  203. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 6, 2004
     
  204. Laptops for Sixth Graders?
     
  205. Sinful Sin Taxes
    “Because the profits are so fantastic, we’re now seeing drug traffickers, other criminal organizations, and even terrorists involved in tobacco smuggling.”
     
  206. Remembering a Classic, and the Man Who Wrote It
    To Smiles, the road to riches was not paved with over-reaching ambition, disregard for others, or cutting corners when it came to matters of truth. It didn’t mean securing favors from government at the expense of the competition.
     
  207. Time to Take Another Look at Teacher Certification
    “I was told that I could not be hired because my degree is from outside of the state, because I have no union affiliation, or because it would be ‘too difficult to confirm my credentials.’ These were different ‘reasons’ on different occasions,” related Robinson.
     
  208. Drain Code Bill Harnesses Unconstrained Tax Power to a New Environmental Mission
     
  209. Michigan on the Wrong Track?
     
  210. Has Proposal A Been a Success?
     
  211. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 30, 2004
     
  212. Threat to Jobs Is Politicians, Not “Outsourcing”
     
  213. China's Break from Serfdom
     
  214. Michigan Education Association Sues Mackinac Center for Public Policy for Quoting the Union's President
    A set of links related to the Michigan Education Association (MEA) lawsuit against the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for quoting the union's president.
     
  215. Proposed Landfill Fee Really a Tax
     
  216. Spurring Economic Growth and Jobs in Michigan
     
  217. $1.2 Billion State Deficit Is Really Only $327.4 Million
     
  218. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 23, 2004
     
  219. Brownfield Redevelopment and “Cool Cities”
     
  220. Victory for Free Speech: Michigan Appeals Court Sides With Think Tank, Rejects Teachers Union’s Lawsuit
     
  221. Why a Statewide Property Tax Increase is a Bad Idea
     
  222. Political Correctness Suppresses Education
     
  223. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 16, 2004
     
  224. Entrepreneur’s Son Gives Government an Economics Lesson
     
  225. Seven Environmental Challenges Facing Michigan
    There is much fiction surrounding the state of the environment in Michigan. The quality of water, air and land resources in Michigan is better now than it has been in many years.
     
  226. The Taxing Power of Michigan's Drain Code
     
  227. Michigan Can’t Afford Tuition Grant Program
     
  228. Issues & Ideas Luncheon, March 2004
     
  229. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 9, 2004
     
  230. The Trade Deficit: Much Ado About Nothing
     
  231. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 2, 2004
     
  232. Michigan's Poor: How Much Do Numbers Alone Really Tell Us?
    Government school monopolies that typically spend more on failure than most private schools spend on success are, in our inner cities especially, veritable poverty mills.
     
  233. Privatize the University of Michigan (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    Tuition hikes could actually help those students who truly need help — by enabling the school to offer greater outright gift aid and tuition reductions to students from low-income families, as is often the practice at private universities.
     
  234. Why Are Mighigan's School Districts Borrowing More?
    School districts tempted to dodge the demographic bullet with deluxe buildings and beggar-thy-neighbor policies should think twice. Instead, they should work on what really matters: making their education programs better.
     
  235. Michigan Consumers Will Lose if the Legislature Fixes Gas Prices
     
  236. Granholm Would Resurrect Michigan’s Un-Dead Death Tax
     
  237. Civil Society Is Working in Northville
     
  238. Senate Majority Leader Sharply Condemns Regulatory Agency Power
     
  239. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 24, 2004
     
  240. High School Fiddlers’ Group Goes Private (General Article)
     
  241. Why Are Schools Borrowing More?
     
  242. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 18, 2004
     
  243. Tax Shots Across the Budget Bow
     
  244. What Impact Do Tax Increases Have on Employment?
     
  245. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 10, 2004
     
  246. Privatizing Air Traffic Control: Safer and Cheaper
     
  247. In Celebration of Black History Month, 2004
     
  248. MichiganVotes.org Assembles Database of Votes Lawmakers Missed in 2003
     
  249. City of Saginaw May Trash Current Refuse Collection System
     
  250. Rotary Tribute, January 28, 2004
     
  251. Issues & Ideas Luncheon, February 2004
     
  252. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 3, 2004
     
  253. Alexander Graham Bell Meets George Eastman
    The stumbling blocks for further innovation today come not from entrepreneurs, venture capitalists or the marketplace, but from the regulators.
     
  254. Black History Month: Remembering Ralph Bunche
    “There is,” he said, “a steady tendency toward polarization of the white and non-white peoples of the world which can lead to ultimate catastrophe for all.”
     
  255. "Proposal A," 10 Years Later
    If the 1994 amendment needs amending at all, it needs it in the form of changes that would increase options for parents and produce greater accountability in the ways that education dollars are spent.
     
  256. Union President Praises Institute, Then Files “Don’t Quote Me” Lawsuit
     
  257. More Privatization In Plymouth’s future?
     
  258. Making the Grade
     
  259. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 27, 2004
     
  260. States Hiring Private Consultants to Manage State Property
     
  261. Money and Red Tape
     
  262. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 20, 2004
     
  263. Mackinac Center Hires Former DEQ Director Russ Harding
     
  264. Michigan’s Renewable Energy Program: Still Tilting at Windmills
     
  265. Just Show Up, And We’ll Give You Better Grades
     
  266. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 13, 2004
     
  267. MichiganVotes.org Provides the Only Complete Description of Legislature’s 2003 Actions
     
  268. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 7, 2004
     
  269. The Granholm Administration: A Review of Year One
    The governor’s handling of a $200 million proposal by Plymouth philanthropist Robert Thompson to build 15 charter schools in Detroit was her biggest leadership failure of the year.
     
  270. Why School Districts Can’t Save on Health Care
    The MEA and MESSA have set up an obstacle course that prevents public schools from introducing competition for teachers’ health care coverage or putting reasonable limits on the extent of care.
     
  271. Let Cintas Workers Make Up Their Own Minds
    There is no need to pressure Cintas into a neutrality or card-check agreement. When a majority of Cintas workers are convinced they want a union, they will vote to have one.
     
  272. Ask The Economist
     
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