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  1. The Top 25 Current Comments of 2006
  2. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 26, 2006
  3. Private Compassion is the Best Cure for Michigan’s Pain
  4. The Failure of Government Intervention: Buy Union this Christmas
  5. IMPACT Winter 2007
  6. Driving Privatization Excitement
  7. John Riecker Joins Mackinac Center Board of Directors
  8. Mackinac Center Policy Areas
  9. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 19, 2006
  10. Two Who Made a Difference
  11. Venezuela’s Destiny
  12. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 12, 2006
  13. From Worst to First: The Best Business Tax is None
  14. Governor’s Mercury Proposal Lacks Sound Science
  15. A Shared Destiny
  16. Greeley and Bobsy: Wellsprings of Freedom
  17. Incentives Matter, at Any Age
  18. ‘Economic Icon’ Dale M. Haywood
  19. Study Finds Cabela’s Has No County Jobs Impact
  20. Governor’s Mercury Directive Lacks Sound Scientific Basis
  21. Assessing Stricter Mercury Controls in Michigan
    On April 17, 2006, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm directed the Department of Environmental Quality to draft a rule under the state’s Clean Air Act to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 90 percent. The governor ordered the reductions to occur in two phases. The first phase is supposed to entail the reduction schedule established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year. The second phase is supposed to exceed the federal requirements by reducing emissions 90 percent by the year 2015.
  22. Internet Policy Strictly a Federal Prerogative
  23. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 5, 2006
  24. The AFL-CIO Picks the U.N. Over the Constitution
    How we interpret our labor law, or any other law for that matter, is for us to decide, not a foreign dictator or world body.
  25. Time to Get Serious About School Employee Pension Reform
    Private-sector employers are realizing defined-benefit systems like MPSERS do not serve today’s aging and mobile workforce.
  26. Property Owners Hit by Regulatory Takings Deserve Compensation
    Regulatory takings occur when the government enacts a regulation or law that diminishes the value of the property but does not take ownership.
  27. Businesses Taxes: A Pernicious Sham
  28. Youth Violence and the Media
  29. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 28, 2006
  30. Grover Cleveland and Sound Currency
  31. Thankful for Think Tanks
  32. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 21, 2006
  33. Michigan Education Report (2006-04)
  34. How Milton Friedman Influenced Michigan and the World
  35. Mackinac Center in the New York Times
  36. In Memory of Milton Friedman
  37. New York Times Story Describes Mackinac Center President as “Johnny Appleseed” of Free-Market State Policy Think Tanks
  38. Proposal 5 Defeat Means Voters Want Changes
  39. Around the State 2006-02
  40. MichiganScience No. 1
    MichiganScience is a Mackinac Center quarterly magazine that helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers. The magazine reflects the idea that even the most technical scientific policy issues can be discussed with lively prose and compelling visuals.
  41. Mackinac Center Launches New Science Magazine
  42. Is it Smarter to Lower Michigan’s Investment Disincentives a Lot or a Little?
  43. Mackinac Center Files Friend of the Court Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Cases Involving Use of Union Fees for Political Causes
  44. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 14, 2006
  45. Trash Talkin’ Politicians
  46. Michigan’s Gross State Product Plummet Shows Need for Changes
  47. Let Market Decide Tiger Stadium’s Fate
  48. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 7, 2006
  49. Subsidized Art Isn’t Free Expression
  50. Arrest Pontiac Police Costs
    Reforms need to be made that take Pontiac beyond the point of simply keeping its fiscal head above water.
  51. Public Bans on Private Actions
    Liberty is more often eaten away one small bite at a time than by one big gulp.
  52. Bold Changes Needed in State Permitting
    Even if a company or individual can bear the cost, they may not be able to afford the time delays associated with agency demands for new data.
  53. Proposal 5 and the Fine Print
  54. Don’t Expect Much From Politics
  55. Mission Creep: Prop 5 Cash Isn’t About Classrooms
  56. Proposal 4: Eminent Domain
  57. Proposal 5: K-16
  58. Why Government Should Not Be in the Business of Subsidizing Businesses
  59. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 31, 2006
  60. A Proposal for Property Protection
  61. It’s Time for Michigan to Go to Work
  62. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 24, 2006
  63. “The Wire”: A Barbed Portrayal of Urban Public Schools
  64. Understanding Public Opinion Surveys (short version)
  65. Prop 1: The Forgotten Proposal
  66. Growing Up Means Resisting the Statist Impulse
  67. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 17, 2006
  68. Choice and Accountability in Public Schools
  69. Woe Be Gone, Taxpayers
  70. Issues and Ideas Luncheon, October 2006
  71. The Flint Sit-Downs: A Striking Lesson
  72. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 10, 2006
  73. Decades of Dollars and Disappointment
  74. Ending Cable Monopolies Would Benefit Consumers
  75. Proposal 4: A Legal Review and Analysis
    Proposal 4 of 2006, which will appear on the November ballot, is a proposed state constitutional amendment that would alter state law regarding eminent domain, the legal theory that permits the government to take private property for public use if the government pays just compensation.
  76. Get Rid of the Labels
    Ideas worth supporting are those that are tested and found worthwhile because they produce results, not rhetoric.
  77. Environmental Doomsayers Can Breathe Easy
    This welcome news is yet another reminder that prognosticators of eco-catastrophe are off the mark.
  78. How the Late Great Detroit Statler Lives On
    “Life is service. The one who progresses is the one who gives his fellow human beings a little more, a little better service.”
  79. Proposal 4 Would Place “Reasonable and Significant Restrictions” on Michigan’s Use of Eminent Domain
  80. “I Am Going to Arrest You”
  82. School Choice Snapshot: A 2006 Survey of U.S. Policy and Advocacy Organizations
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy worked on this survey project from November 2005 through September 2006. We provided assistance to the survey researcher, Adam B. Schaeffer, who was then a National Research Initiative Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., by collaborating on the survey instrument, offering relevant and limited information from our database, handling technical details of inviting and following up with participants, and editing and publishing this document.
  83. IMPACT Fall 2006
  84. Michigan: A Taxing Place To Do Business
  85. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 26, 2006
  86. Universities and Economic Development
  87. Issues and Ideas Luncheon, September 21, 2006
  88. The Stop Overspending Michigan Initiative: A Review and Analysis
    The proposed “Stop Overspending” state constitutional amendment, which failed to gain ballot status in the November 2006 election, addressed four major areas ...
  89. The “Stop Overspending” Proposal Would Have Provided a “Meaningful Restraint” on State Spending Growth
  90. Hayek Was Right: The Worst Do Get To The Top
  91. Assessing the Case for Cable Franchise Reform
    Advances in technology now make it possible for both cable firms and telecommunications companies to provide voice, data and video services to most homes and businesses. This constitutes a dramatic change from the days of cable dominance in the video market, and that of the “Baby Bells” in telephone service. What hasn’t changed, however, is the franchise regime that has long limited access to the local market and thus inhibited competition. In this paper, Diane S. Katz examines the effects of this obsolete regulation on consumers and the economy, as well as the myriad benefits of reform.
  92. Yet Another Regulatory Burden on Electricity Supply in Michigan
  93. Municipal Control of Franchising Inflates Cable Rates and Impedes Broadband Investment
  94. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 19, 2006
  95. Minimum wage hike claims first casualty
  96. Around the State 2006-01
  97. A Superintendent Provides Choice in Edmonton
  98. Issues and Ideas Luncheon, September 13, 2006
  99. Public Schools Can Provide a Choice to Every Parent
  100. An Analysis of Proposal 5: The ‘K-16’ Michigan Ballot Measure
    On Nov. 7, 2006, Michigan voters will be asked to consider a proposed new law that would, if passed, require annual state spending to increase at no less than the inflation rate for the following state budget areas: public school districts and charter schools; certain specific budget items in state spending on public school districts and charter schools; and state universities and community colleges. The proposal also contains new requirements for state payments to districts with declining enrollment and places liability for school employee pension cost increases on state government, rather than school districts. The proposed new law will appear as “Proposal 5”on the ballot, and its mandates would take effect in the 2006-2007 school year.
  101. Proposal 5 Could Aggravate School Finance Problems and Reduce Schools’ Incentives To Improve
  102. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 12, 2006
  103. Teachers’ Strikes, Court Orders and Michigan Law
  104. “What’s Going On” Redux: A Motown Classic Hijacked
  105. A Student’s Tribute to a Hero
  106. Michigan Education Report (2006-03)
  107. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 5, 2006
  108. Reforming America’s Secret Collectivism: The System of Compelled Union Representation
  109. Jazzing Up Civil Society
    Gretchen Valade improved Detroit’s cultural scene with her gift, just as tens of thousands of Americans have done with their own contributions to countless organizations and enterprises.
  110. Survey 2006: School Outsourcing Continues to Grow
    With savings of this magnitude, it is not surprising that superintendents are investigating privatization.
  111. An Unhealthy Policy Prescription
    Romney’s plan will allegedly perform the miracle of covering all of Massachusetts’ 555,000 or so uninsured residents without new taxes or a government takeover of health care.
  112. Mackinac Center Survey:
    Michigan School Privatization Increases

  113. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 29, 2006
  114. Want Economic Growth? Make Incentives Available to All
  115. Taxes Do Matter
  116. Frank Knox: Prescient and Principled
  117. Scientific Minds are a Terrible Thing to Waste
  118. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 22, 2006
  119. A Museum You Don’t Want to Miss
  120. The Difference One Can Make (Original Version)
  121. On a “Lost City” and a Lost Perspective
  122. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 15, 2006
  123. "It Can Happen to You"
  124. Creating Compensation for Regulatory Takings
  125. A Blighted History of Property Rights Protection
  127. The City of Pontiac: a “Going Concern”?
  128. Tributes to Stephen P. Dresch
  129. Michigan Dithers on Medicaid Estate Recovery
    Michigan is the only state that has not implemented estate recovery in some form, despite the fact that the requirement has been on the books for more than 10 years.
  130. The School Choice Movement’s Greatest Failure
  131. Why Did Free Gas Create a Public Stink? (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    With gas so plentiful and cheap, some Ohioans came to think it shouldn’t have a cost at all.
  132. Seeking Opportunity
    There are many reasons people move, but it is probably easiest to sum all of them up with one word: opportunity.
  133. Seminar Provides a ‘Kelo’ of Prevention
  134. Twenty-Nine Seconds That Changed History
  135. Michigan Court of Appeals Ruling in Bay Mills Lawsuit “Terrific News for More Than 10,000 Schoolchildren”
  137. On Carbon Dioxide Emissions, the Supreme Court Should Look to the Law
  138. NEA, AFT Annual Meetings Resemble Political Conventions
  139. How to resign your union membership
  140. Summer of Privatization
  142. SOS: Sensible Spending with Taxpayer Protection
  143. Why Did Free Gas Create a Public Stink? (General Article)
  144. Gasoline Prices in Perspective
  146. The Price of Abandoning Principle
  147. Katz Roils Waters at U.S. Senate
  148. Romney Care: Bad Medicine for Michigan?
  149. Data Show Michigan is #1 in Resident Departures
  150. Appeals Court Hears MEA Union Suit Involving Bay Mills Public Charter Schools
  151. Government Putts
  153. Guidance Directives: Regulation by Bureaucratic Fiat
  154. What Detroit Can Learn From Bangalore: Remove Destructive Taxes
  155. IMPACT Summer 2006
  157. Character Makes the Difference (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    You can’t choose your height or race or many other physical traits, but you fine tune your character every time you decide right from wrong and what you personally are going to do about it.
  158. The Property Rights Fight Since Kelo
    While federal reform efforts have stalled, Michigan residents are well placed to prevent the government from cynically confiscating the property where they live, work and worship.
  159. Why Colorado Matters to Michigan
    Similarly, the K-16 Proposal in Michigan would cost more and accomplish less than its advocates are sharing with Michigan taxpayers.
  160. The Pursuit of Happiness
  161. Congress Seizes on Net Neutrality
  162. Restoring Our Heritage of Property Rights
    America’s Founders created a system of government designed to protect property rights. The Founders were influenced by the 17th century philosopher John Locke, who held that everyone who labored had a natural right to property. Property rights, he wrote, reward effort and reduce conflict. Preserving “lives, liberties, and estates” is “the great and chief end” of government.
  164. The Contemporary Litigation Environment
  165. A Convenient Deceit?
  167. Court Properly Restrains Feds’ Worst Wetlands Excesses, But Ruling Could Ultimately Leave Federal Agencies With Broad Wetlands Authority
  168. Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in Attorney General v. Michigan Public Service Commission
    A Mackinac Center “friend of the court” filing to the Michigan Supreme Court in a case involving the Michigan Public Service Commission’s renewable-energy surcharge on electrical bills.
  169. Regulations Run Amok in Michigan: Part Two
  170. Regulations Run Amok in Michigan: Part One
  172. Wise spending pays for killing biz tax
  173. Is Every "Choice" a Good One?
  174. Happy Birthday, Adam Smith!
  176. Grover Cared
  177. Making State Agencies More Accountable
    Agencies and commissions have become so used to having free reign that they broadly construe their mission even where the Legislature only gives a particular agency or commission a limited task.
  178. Double-but-Nothing: More Education Spending Hasn't Yielded Better Results
    Our educational institutions usually do not create incentives for instructional improvement by rewarding effective teachers and sanctioning ineffective ones.
  179. Federal-Mogul Lesson: Get Rid of the SBT and Fix the Fundamentals
    What will it take before government understands that gimmicks don’t work, and that only fixing the fundamentals of our business climate through broad-based reforms will?
  180. Detroit Should Sell Tiger Stadium As Is
  181. Memorial Day: for the Love of Liberty
  182. Debate Workshops 2006
  184. Issues and Ideas Luncheon, May 2006
  185. Character Makes All the Difference in the World
  186. Michigan Should End Its Tax Favoritism
  187. Michigan Education Report (2006-02)
  188. Sinking fund legislation could balloon local property tax millages
  190. Secret Ballot?
  191. City of Sylvan Lake
  192. Municipal Finance Expert Louis Schimmel Joins Mackinac Center
  193. Mackinac Center President Comments on Passing of Herbert D. Doan, Chairman of the Dow Foundation
  195. State College Money Should Follow Students, Not Lobbyists
  196. The State of the Great Lakes
  198. Union Monitor
  199. The Wrong and Right Approaches to Michigan’s Economic Malaise
  200. Fair Share Plans Are Anything But
  201. 42 Days of Infamy? (General Article)
  203. Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in Michigan Education Association v. Superintendent of Public Instruction et al
  204. Averaging Our Way to Average (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    The proposed mandate would substantially weaken the limited influence parents have in the current system.
  205. Great Values, Great Movies
    In “The Patriot,”Mel Gibson’s character expresses skepticism about the American Revolution with a question that seems especially poignant today, when our own homegrown government takes more of our earnings in taxes than George III ever imagined possible: “Why should I trade one tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants one mile away?"
  206. 42 Days of Infamy? (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    We can speculate, however, that a worker might sign a public petition at the request of a friend, but vote another way when protected by privacy.
  207. How Big Is Bush’s Big Government?
  208. A Voter’s Checklist for School Elections
  209. Law of the Land
  210. Mackinac Center Files Friend of the Court Brief in MEA Lawsuit Involving Bay Mills Charter Schools
  212. MEGA Grant Requests: What Companies Say
  213. Earth Day in Michigan: Room To Celebrate
  214. The Final Phase of the Great Depression
  216. Around the State
  217. A Window Into Lawmakers’ Souls
  218. Federal Mogul: More Evidence that “Targeted Incentives” Don't Work
  219. The Best Way To Support the Arts
  221. Regulation’s Real-World Impact
  222. The Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative: “Enlightened Self-Interest”
  223. A Magnificent Exposition
  225. An Alternative to Green Orthodoxy
  226. Protecting Art From Politicians
    Using tax dollars to fund artistic pursuits is not in the best interest of Michigan citizens.
  227. How To Replace the SBT With Nothing (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    Here’s how to save $1.855 billion by injecting competition into government operations, providing public employee fringe benefits comparable to (generous) Private-sector plans and eliminating non-core functions.
  228. An Alternative to Green Orthodoxy (Viewpoint on Public Issues)
    There is an alternative to embracing Green Orthodoxy. Few states or school districts have actually evaluated the veracity and impartiality of environmental curricula.
  229. Replacing the Single Business Tax With – Nothing
  230. Support the Arts: Just Don’t Use Other People’s Money
  231. IMPACT Winter/Spring 2006
  233. MSAs Increase Freedom and Choice
  234. Irony in Ironwood
  235. Michigan’s Lemon Industrial Policy
  237. Happy Anniversary, Free Speech!
  238. Testimony of Diane Katz Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  239. The Downside of a Minimum Wage Increase
  240. Entertaining Art: To Tax or Not To Tax — That Is the Question
  242. Who Pays for the Minimum Wage?
  243. Melville W. Fuller: A Model Chief Justice
  244. MESSA Reference Page
  245. Time to Revive Competition in Electricity Supply
  247. Michigan Education Report (2006-01)
  248. Fixing Michigan's Fiscal Policy- 2006 Edition
    Michigan's economy has been losing ground to other states for half a century. Here's how to turn it around.
  249. Proposed Limitations and Expansions of Government
  250. A Supreme Court To Be Proud Of
    The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller did not stretch either the law or the Constitution beyond what the words said. When the justices found law to be in conflict with the Constitution, they usually sided with the latter, because liberty under the rule of law was their highest priority.
  251. Change To Win What?
    Organized labor has moved well beyond its core mission of championing workers’ issues to financing and promoting a range of policies and groups that have nothing to do with labor.
  252. Michigan’s Russian Roulette
    The governor’s five-year plan does not include reducing the cost of producing goods and services in Michigan — something that would attract industries trying to compete globally. Instead, the plan is built around the 21st Century Jobs Fund and other state programs that substitute central planning for the market process.
  253. Putting the Government's Cart Before the People's Horse
  254. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 28, 2006
  255. How To Replace the SBT With Nothing
  256. Michigan Can't Afford the Status Quo
  257. Around the State
  258. The Money Myth
  259. Michigan Cases in U.S. Supreme Court To Define Scope of Federal Wetlands Regulation
  260. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 21, 2006
  261. Today’s Oral Arguments in U.S. Supreme Court Wetlands Cases Suggest Court Is “Concerned About Federal Encroachment”
  262. Celebrating Black History Month, 2006
  263. Corn Flakes and Greatness
  264. Patterson: Blow Up the Single Business Tax
  265. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 14, 2006
  266. The State of the Michigan Economy
  267. We’ve Only Just Begun?
  268. Issues and Ideas Luncheon, February 2006
  269. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 7, 2006
  270. Government Golf: Unfair Competition Hurts Business, Taxpayers
    As citizens and taxpayers, we should be asking ourselves: Is golf one of the legitimate functions of government?
  271. Government Broadband: Unnecessary and Unfair
    More often than not, municipal broadband ventures have saddled taxpayers with unwelcome debt or otherwise failed to deliver promised results.
  272. Banks and Credit Unions: The Unlevel Playing Field
    Banks, especially small and mid-sized community banks, have been consistently losing market share to credit unions because the latter enjoy status as nonprofit financial cooperatives for tax purposes.
  273. Supporting Companies That Oppose Eminent Domain Abuse
  274. Parents Still Have an Option to Check Kids’ Safety
  275. Change To Win What?
  276. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 31, 2006
  277. Past as Prologue: Will We Learn From History?
  278. State of the Statist
  279. Around the State
  280. Mackinac Center To Tally New Granholm Initiatives Tonight
  281. Time to Park Old Thinking
  282. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 24, 2006
  283. The Great Communicator
  284. Takeover of Detroit Schools Shows Few Intended Results
  285. Mackinac Center Reiterates Its Policy on Toyota Land Case
  286. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 17, 2006
  287. The First Phase of the Great Depression
  288. Keeping the Lights on for Privatization
  289. Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in DPG York v. Michigan
    A Mackinac Center “friend of the court” filing to the Michigan Court of Appeals in a case involving the preferential sale of state land.
  290. Mackinac Center Files Legal Brief in Toyota Land Case
  291. Navigating Wetlands to the Supreme Court
  292. Wal-Mart Exposes Contradictions on the Left
  293. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 10, 2006
  294. The Sun Sets on “Opportunity Scholarships” in the Sunshine State
  295. Demography is Destiny
  296. New Data Shows Michigan Citizens Still Fleeing State
  297. An Introduction to the Overton Window of Political Possibilities
  298. Happy 300th Birthday, Ben!
  299. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 3, 2006
  300. Michigan Landowners To Be Heard at U.S. Supreme Court
    Congress has effectively entered into land-use regulation, a domain traditionally left to state and local government. Worse, Congress delegated its authority to the Army Corps of Engineers, whose employees, whatever their expertise, never face the crucible of an election.
  301. Public Pension Plans Need To Reflect Reality
    When it comes to defined benefits, corporations and municipalities have seen the warning signs and are changing course to avoid getting burned. Public school employee unions and their allies in Lansing would be wise to do the same.
  302. Hope in State Graduation Standards Misplaced (Viewpoint on Policy Issues)
    Given state bureaucrats’ lack of success implementing the law’s one existing requirement, we should not place much hope in an additional mandate to fix public education or improve the economy.
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