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  1. Top 25 Current Comments of 2007
     
  2. Capitalism’s Finest Film
     
  3. DEQ Adheres to Environmental Law in Kennecott Case
     
  4. CD of the Year
     
  5. Food for Thought
     
  6. Michigan Civil Service Commission Ruling Allowing State Agencies To Deduct PAC Contributions for Public-Sector Unions is in Conflict with State Law
     
  7. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 18, 2007
     
  8. Changing Michigan’s Labor Climate Will Take Work
     
  9. Michigan Education Digest Daily, February-March 2008
     
  10. December 15: Bill of Rights Day
     
  11. Michigan’s Diaspora: The Revealed Preference for Leaving
     
  12. Lawmakers Must Make Transformational Policy Changes Their Top New Year’s Resolution, Mackinac Center Analyst Says
     
  13. DNR Makes Incredible Find
     
  14. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 11, 2007
     
  15. MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL
    A review and analysis of important state legislative policy issues that do not always receive attention from the general media. Michigan Capitol Confidential will make it easier to keep tabs on your elected representatives in Lansing.
     
  16. David Littmann Discusses Gov. Granholm’s Change of Heart
     
  17. State of Michigan Should Not Become Collection Agency for PACs
     
  18. Mackinac Center Agrees With Governor That State Budget Cuts and Reforms Are Needed, Not Tax Hikes
     
  19. Michigan Needs Worker Freedom of Choice
     
  20. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 4, 2007
     
  21. Water Agreement Not Right for Michigan
    It would be bad for this state and bad for the Great Lakes were Michigan lawmakers to ratify Annex 2001 in order to placate the other Great Lakes states.
     
  22. School Boards Empowered to Save Insurance Dollars
    The real answer to reducing the cost of health care for teachers and school employees is for school boards to utilize the advantages of competition.
     
  23. State Budget Is Business as Usual
    The just-concluded budget saga demonstrates that the real priority is to preserve the government status quo, quite literally at all costs.
     
  24. Choice Leadership: The Story of Two Women
     
  25. Remembering Sojourner Truth
     
  26. Setting the Record Straight
     
  27. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 27, 2007
     
  28. Firearms, Fat and Fresh Water
     
  29. The Opportunities of Education Tax Credits
     
  30. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 20, 2007
     
  31. Restoring Balance to Labor Law
     
  32. State Budget Priority: Preserve Business as Usual
     
  33. Michigan Education Report (2007-04)
     
  34. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 13, 2007
     
  35. MichiganScience No. 5
    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.
     
  36. NLRB Takes a Stand for Worker Freedom
     
  37. Water Agreement a Bad Deal for Michigan
     
  38. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST November 6, 2007
     
  39. “Who Funds You, Anyway?”
     
  40. Choice Leadership
    Popular literature is full of praises for “the common man,” but as these two essays by Ben Stafford illustrate, it’s usually the uncommon men and women who make big things happen. Virginia Walden Ford and Alberta C. Wilson are too modest and focused on others to tell you themselves, but Ben makes it clear that many inner-city children and parents have benefited from the uncommonness of these two women. They are courageous, forward-thinking, can-do citizens. They understand the value of a good education and a strong character, and they have been willing to stand up for those values at no small expense to themselves.
     
  41. Michigan Privatization Digest - October 30, 2007
     
  42. Tax Increases Harmful to Michigan’s Health
    The budget agreement that passed in the dead of night on Oct. 1 will raise taxes on Michigan residents, businesses and service providers to the tune of $1.358 billion for the coming fiscal year.
     
  43. Budget Savings Can Replace Recent Tax Hikes
    In the short term the need is for immediate savings to allow repeal of the destructive $1.3 billion tax increase adopted as the capstone to this year’s state budget debacle.
     
  44. Supreme Court Decision Complicated, But Correct
    Ironically, the Michigan Supreme Court is being criticized for a “political” result when that result comes from applying the long-recognized standing doctrine that is meant to keep the courts from engaging in political activity.
     
  45. Where’s the Crisis?
     
  46. State Budget Deal Shows “Lawmakers’ Budget Priority Was ‘Business as Usual,’” says Center’s senior legislative analyst
     
  47. Norval K. “Nub” Morey: In Memoriam
     
  48. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 30, 2007
     
  49. Michigan’s Crisis and Opportunity
     
  50. MDE Earns Failing Grade in Rating Programs
     
  51. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 23, 2007
     
  52. School Management Series
     
  53. Spending Cuts Can Offset $1.3 Billion Tax Hike
     
  54. Capitalism in the Capital
     
  55. Replacing Michigan’s New Taxes With Budget Reductions: Curing $1.358 Billion in Overspending With 55 Specific Recommendations
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has regularly recommended specific state spending reductions to balance the state’s budget and improve Michigan’s public policy. The following list shows how the state could reduce spending immediately to help balance the state budget if policymakers chose to forgo the projected $1.358 billion in fiscal 2008 revenue from the recent state income tax hike and the new sales tax on certain services.
     
  56. 55 Specific Spending Reductions Would Allow Repeal of the $1.358 Billion in New State Taxes
     
  57. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 16, 2007
     
  58. Failing Children
     
  59. The Science of Changing the Future
     
  60. Principled Philanthropy
     
  61. Expanding Lansing’s Prevailing Wage Would Reduce Jobs, Hike Cost to Taxpayers
     
  62. Mackinac Center Resources on Michigan's Tax and Budget Debate
     
  63. Anatomy of a Tax Hike Campaign
     
  64. Adopting a “Lean Government” Model for Michigan
     
  65. Who is Protected by “Consumer Protection?”
     
  66. The Edmonton Public Schools Story
    Faced with budget battles, declining enrollments and tense contract negotiations, Michigan school leaders could seize upon the advice of a superintendent and educator who has faced the very same issues for 30 years and who now consults with school districts.
     
  67. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 9, 2007
     
  68. Issues and Ideas Forum, October 9, 2007
     
  69. IMPACT Fall 2007
     
  70. Michigan Education Digest Daily, October 2007
     
  71. Michigan Education Digest Daily with Analysis, October 2007
     
  72. Are Bus Fares Fair?
     
  73. Tax Hike Chronicle - Final Entry
     
  74. MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL
    Welcome to the inaugural issue of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a new bimonthly publication of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Inside, you will find a review and analysis of important state legislative policy issues that did not always receive attention from the general media. Michigan Capitol Confidential will also make it easier to keep tabs on your elected representatives in Lansing.
     
  75. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST October 2, 2007
     
  76. Melodies that Support the Market
     
  77. Sweet Home Alabama
    If the trend of the last five years holds, a majority of right-to-work states will have higher per capita disposable incomes than Michigan by 2010, at which point Michigan will be the real right-to-work-for-less state.
     
  78. The Love of Power vs. the Power of Love
    I resolve to learn more about the principles of love and liberty so that I can convincingly defend them against the encroachments of power.
     
  79. Governor and Legislature Appear Unable To Judge Priorities
    Sadly, however, the Legislature has ignored judicial recommendations that would promote meaningful long-term change.
     
  80. Health Savings Accounts Could Save State $194 Million
     
  81. September 2007 State Budget Survey
     
  82. More Than Seven in Ten Likely Michigan Voters Prefer Spending Reductions to Tax Increases, According to Survey
     
  83. Prevailing Wage Memorandum
     
  84. Statewide School Contracting Could Save As Much As $500 Million
     
  85. School Aid Savings
     
  86. Michigan Rankings on National Education Test Fall in 8th Grade, Stagnate in 4th; Proficiency Scores Flat
     
  87. Students Manipulated to Lobby for the Privileged
     
  88. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 25, 2007
     
  89. Selective Moral Outrage
     
  90. Prophets of Property
     
  91. Kent Herrick Joins Mackinac Center Board of Directors
     
  92. Political Drama
     
  93. Michigan Education Digest Daily, September 2007
     
  94. Michigan Education Digest Daily with Analysis, September 2007
     
  95. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 18, 2007
     
  96. Michigan “Job Churn” Figures Demonstrate Central Planning’s Folly
     
  97. Healthy Outlook
     
  98. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 11, 2007
     
  99. Michigan Privatization Digest - August 31, 2007
     
  100. Effective Funding Increase from Competitive Contracting in Selected Michigan School Districts
     
  101. More at Stake in Budget Battle than Next Year’s Spending
     
  102. The Only Safe State Spending Bet
     
  103. Will Michigan Be “The Victors” Again?
     
  104. Survey 2007: School Support Service Privatization Rises
    Competitive contracting continues to be a popular management tool for improving services and for saving money, which can then be reinvested into classrooms. All indications are that it will continue to grow in popularity.
     
  105. Used-Car Dealer Regulations Kill Small Businesses
    This law authorized a regulatory taking of the livelihoods of hundreds of small business owners who can no longer use their property in the way they had done previously.
     
  106. The Not So Good Life
    By the standards of the last century, air quality today is excellent — notwithstanding the claims of environmental activists.
     
  107. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST September 4, 2007
     
  108. Mackinac Center’s Labor Trilogy
     
  109. Private Property Rights Under Attack
     
  110. Squeaky Wheels Stifle Savings
     
  111. Mackinac Center Questions MEA Management for Apparently Hypocritical Negotiations With USO Union Workers
     
  112. A Model Right-to-Work Amendment to the Michigan Constitution
    This policy brief discusses several foundational legal concepts and sets forth model language for a legally sound right-to-work amendment to the Michigan Constitution.
     
  113. Model Language for Michigan Right-to-Work Amendment Released Today by Mackinac Center
     
  114. Issues and Ideas Forum, August 29, 2007
     
  115. Follow the Money
     
  116. Right-to-Work States Continue to Enjoy Significant Economic Advantages Over Michigan and Other Non-Right-to-Work States, According to New Report
     
  117. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 28, 2007
     
  118. The Economic Effects of Right-to-Work Laws: 2007
    Many states have given workers complete discretion to decline membership in, and financial support of, a union that they individually oppose. Enacting a right-to-work law abolishes agency fees and allows workers themselves to decide if a union deserves their financial support.
     
  119. Good Luck, Mike Bishop!
     
  120. Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers $250 Million Annually, Reduces Construction Jobs, Primarily Benefits High-Wage Construction Workers
     
  121. The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law
    Michigan’s prevailing wage law adds unnecessary costs to construction projects at taxpayers’ expense.
     
  122. NCLB Falls Short of Helping Parents
     
  123. Mackinac Center Launches University Campus Project
     
  124. Communicating Freedom to the Next Generation
     
  125. Back to School Shopping
     
  126. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 21, 2007
     
  127. Oakland County a model of prudent financial management
     
  128. Survey 2007: More Growth in School Support Service Privatization
    Privatization is a time-tested management tool used by governments around the world. It can take many forms, but competitive contracting is the most prevalent in the United States whether in municipalities or within the realm of public education. In some regards, Michigan is a national leader in competitive contracting in education; in other areas it is a laggard.
     
  129. Private Companies Would Stamp out the Post Office
     
  130. School Services Privatization on the Rise, According to Mackinac Center Survey
     
  131. Michigan Education Report (2007-03)
     
  132. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 14, 2007
     
  133. Reporting the Seen and the Unseen
     
  134. Rules of the Game
     
  135. MichiganScience No. 4
    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.
     
  136. Power and Responsibility: The Obligations of a Union
     
  137. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 7, 2007
     
  138. Debate Workshops 2007
     
  139. Thinking Outside the Bars
     
  140. MBT: A More Burdensome Tax?
     
  141. School Support Service Privatization: Getting it Right
    Done right, privatization remains an effective management tool for school districts across Michigan.
     
  142. Workers’ Paychecks Need Further Protection
    In order to prevent misuse of nonmembers’ money, right-to-work laws or an end to compulsory unionism is needed. Paycheck protection laws are better than nothing, but they certainly are not optimal public policy.
     
  143. Reach Out and Tax Someone
     
  144. Budget Hawks Should Think Outside the Bars
     
  145. Mackinac Center Analyst: Gov. Granholm’s Prison Proposal Puts Taxpayers First
     
  146. Baseball, Free Markets and Milton Friedman
     
  147. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 31, 2007
     
  148. The Next Big Thing
     
  149. “A Rich Folks’ Roller Coaster”
     
  150. IMPACT Summer 2007
     
  151. Michigan Unions — Strong or Bloated?
     
  152. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 24, 2007
     
  153. School Money Primer
     
  154. Nobody Knows Who Can Cook
     
  155. Putting Families First
     
  156. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 17, 2007
     
  157. Happy Birthday to the Northwest Ordinance
     
  158. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 10, 2007
     
  159. Michigan Needs Environmental Science Board
    The MESB consists of an executive director and nine members appointed by the governor. The board has no paid staff and all members serve voluntarily.
     
  160. Intermediate School Districts: Innovations that are Past Their Prime
    A far more substantive reform would be for Michigan to join a cadre of states that provide specialized services by giving parents greater options.
     
  161. Time to Reform Teacher Compensation in Michigan
    Under the system defended by unions, an excellent teacher, whose students demonstrate significant learning gains, earns the same amount as the teacher who clocks in and then checks out.
     
  162. School Employee Pension Reform the Key to Budget Problems
     
  163. How To Avoid Raising Taxes
     
  164. Transporting Privatization
     
  165. Right-to-Work
     
  166. Songs of Freedom
     
  167. Behind the Smokescreen
     
  168. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST July 3, 2007
     
  169. Artistic Expression
     
  170. Right-to-Work FAQ
    Frequently Asked Questions About Right-to-Work
     
  171. Study: Mackinac Center Releases Comprehensive School Privatization Primer for Food, Bus and Custodial Services
     
  172. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 26, 2007
     
  173. A Tribute to Hans F. Sennholz
     
  174. A School Privatization Primer
     
  175. State Government Needs Structural Change, Not Reorganization
     
  176. Study: Revenues to State Universities in Michigan Remain High
     
  177. Michigan Higher Education: Facts and Fiction
    The observed shrinkage in state appropriations over the first half of the decade was actually a positive development: one that dampened, albeit modestly, the real relative economic decline of the state. Moreover, it calls into question a growth strategy based on expansion of higher education. Indeed, other results included in the econometric estimation suggest that a better growth strategy would be to put the entire Michigan state government on a diet in order to finance a reduction in the overall tax burden. While higher education expenditures are not growth-inducing, the evidence shows that tax reductions are.
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  178. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 19, 2007
     
  179. The Union Movement Goes Wobbly
     
  180. Who’s the Boss?
     
  181. Alarming Economic Statistics Scream Out Against Raising Taxes
     
  182. U.S. Supreme Court Decision Likely to Prevent Challenge to Michigan’s “Paycheck Protection” Law, Mackinac Center legal analyst says
     
  183. Book Review: Radicals for Capitalism
     
  184. Stuck in Reverse
     
  185. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 12, 2007
     
  186. Michigan Needs Environmental Science Board
     
  187. Too Much Time on Their Hands
     
  188. Issues and Ideas Forum, June 7, 2007
     
  189. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 5, 2007
     
  190. Stealing From the Future
     
  191. The Ideas of March
     
  192. The Tax Hiker's Shopping Guide
    If state lawmakers and the governor consider Michiganians more than mere cash cows, they should stop reading the “Tax Hiker’s Shopping Guide”...
     
  193. What Really Determines School District Spending?
    Professional advancement in a bureaucracy comes from increasing one’s budget, not from achieving more with less as it does in the private sector.
     
  194. Money Well Spent?
    When government employees are involved, there is a case to be made that agency fee is something that ends up costing taxpayers.
     
  195. Free-Market Movie Moments, Part II
     
  196. The Love of Power vs. the Power of Love
     
  197. $19 Billion in School Revenues Described in New “Michigan School Money Primer”
     
  198. Stealing from the Future
     
  199. A Michigan School Money Primer
     
  200. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 29, 2007
     
  201. Free-Market Movie Moments, Part I
     
  202. They Can’t Ignore Us
     
  203. Right-to-Work Right Now
     
  204. Michigan Education Report (2007-02)
     
  205. Savings from School District Consolidation Would be Limited and Difficult To Capture, Study Finds
     
  206. School District Consolidation, Size and Spending: an Evaluation
     
  207. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 22, 2007
     
  208. A “Way Forward” for Michigan?
     
  209. MichiganScience Sponsors Writing Contest for Students
     
  210. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 15, 2007
     
  211. Same Old Song and Dance
     
  212. Wrestling with Reality
     
  213. Weather, Water and Trees Highlighted in Latest MichiganScience Magazine
     
  214. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 8, 2007
     
  215. Court Ignored Sound Science in Carbon Dioxide Ruling
    Consensus is actually antithetical to the proper conduct of scientific inquiry.
     
  216. Say YES! to Right to Work!
    Today’s labor markets look nothing like those of 75 years ago.
     
  217. Paying More to Protect the Privileged
    The dirty little secret is that Michigan pays too much for the government it gets.
     
  218. MichiganScience No. 3
    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.
     
  219. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 1, 2007
     
  220. Targeted Tax Breaks: “How’s That Working for You?”
     
  221. Michigan Privatization Digest - April 25, 2007
     
  222. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 24, 2007
     
  223. Your Getting Rich Costs Me Nothing
     
  224. Make Earth Day About Science, Not Unfounded Fears
     
  225. Tax Day
     
  226. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 17, 2007
     
  227. Road Funding: Time for a Change
     
  228. Study: Michigan’s Road System Needs Both Reforms and Dollars
     
  229. Supreme Science?
     
  230. Property and Law: The Best Hope for China
     
  231. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 10, 2007
     
  232. Bigger Taxes or Smaller Government — Let the People Decide
    Many suspect that the political establishment has elevated government and school employees into a privileged class to be protected at all costs from economic changes that affect everyone else.
     
  233. Taken For a Ride
    It bears noting that any park or other amusement facility that must rely on tax dollars, rather than private investment, is by definition not viable and thus unworthy of taxpayer support.
     
  234. Fast-Growth States Have Lower Taxes — Not More Grads
    The 10 states with the lowest tax burdens are growing at an average rate of 2.6 percent — almost double Michigan’s growth rate and 34 percent faster than the national average.
     
  235. IMPACT Spring 2007
     
  236. Foreword
     
  237. Reciprocity Can Reduce the Organ Shortage
     
  238. “Student Activity Fees” an Offense to Free Speech
     
  239. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 3, 2007
     
  240. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 27, 2007
     
  241. Kennecott and Other Businesses Harmed by DEQ
     
  242. A Tribute to a Polish Hero
     
  243. Contradictions and Spurious Conclusions
     
  244. Need a Penny? Take Many
     
  245. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 20, 2007
     
  246. Medicaid Reform Around the States: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
     
  247. Health Care Made Easy
     
  248. Issues and Ideas Forum, March 19, 2007
     
  249. Environmental Regulations Collide with Alternative Energy
     
  250. Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in Davenport v. Washington and Washington v. Washington Education Association
     
  251. Unemployment Tax
     
  252. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 13, 2007
     
  253. Taken For a Ride
     
  254. The Estate Tax Strikes Back
     
  255. How Healthy is Health Care?
     
  256. Comerica Bank Announces Move to Dallas
     
  257. State Excise Tax Promises More Job Losses
     
  258. Tax Changes in Michigan: Measuring the Effects of Expanding the Sales Tax to Services
     
  259. Study: 19,000 Michigan Jobs Jeopardized by Proposed 2 Percent Excise Tax on Services
     
  260. Potential Per-Pupil Savings Resulting from Health Benefits Changes Made in Michigan School Districts
     
  261. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 6, 2007
     
  262. Road Funding: Time for a New Direction
    The best option for finding new road money is for the Legislature and governor to get serious about spending a lot less on things in state government that are far less important.
     
  263. Renaissance Center Brought No Renaissance
    Despite all of the glitz and lofty rhetoric associated with major building projects, people continue to flee the city.
     
  264. State of Michigan: Best-Run or Best-Protected?
    The yearly cost of policing the state’s highways could be reduced by more than $60 million by switching state police patrol duties to local sheriff’s deputies.
     
  265. Hot Enough For You?
     
  266. Issues and Ideas Forum, March 5, 2007
     
  267. Michigan Privatization Digest - March 5, 2007
     
  268. Another Kind of Tax
     
  269. Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in Heaphy v. Department of Environmental Quality
     
  270. Card Check, Binding Arbitration and Employee Free Choice
     
  271. A Collective Bargaining Primer
    Collective bargaining determines not only the quality and responsiveness of a school district’s teachers and support personnel, but the amount of money remaining to school board members to benefit the children under their care. Thus, while labor negotiations may sometimes feel remote from the process of helping children learn in the classroom, the results of this bargaining often affect a school board’s ability to implement educational policies.

    This book is designed to assist school board members in understanding the basic principles and laws of collective bargaining, including some of the major substantive and procedural challenges facing Michigan school boards. In addition, the text is full of quotations from school board members and other education professionals concerning their experiences with collective bargaining and school employee unions. The combination of informational content and personal reflections provides new insights to school board members — and to policymakers, journalists and the general public, as well.
     
  272. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 27, 2007
     
  273. Market Economics in the Workplace
     
  274. Michigan Cannot Afford a Sales Tax on Services
     
  275. March 31 Deadline for Public School Union Decertification Petitions*
     
  276. Michigan Education Report (2007-01)
     
  277. Issues and Ideas Forum, February 2007
     
  278. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 20, 2007
     
  279. “Invest” Means Taking Your Money
     
  280. Our Future Depends On Remembering Our Past
     
  281. A Man Who Knew How Precious Life and Liberty Are
     
  282. School Boards and Teachers Should Address Their Own Insurance Issues
     
  283. Malthus, Mating and Money
     
  284. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 13, 2007
     
  285. Organized Labor and the Secret Ballot
     
  286. Eight Ways to Save
     
  287. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST February 6, 2007
     
  288. Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s 2007 State of the State Address
     
  289. Déjà Vu All Over Again
     
  290. What Price Government?
     
  291. They Say “Invest,” But They Mean “Spend”
     
  292. Mackinac Center Tally of Proposed Government Expansions and Limitations in State of the State Address Available Tuesday Night
     
  293. A Movie No One Should Miss
    Wilberforce endured and overcame every obstacle imaginable, including ill health, death threats, derision from his colleagues and defeats almost too numerous to count.
     
  294. Legislators: Listen to Detroit Parents
    Parents and community groups must play an important role in increasing support for charter schools.
     
  295. Doom for Whom?
    When politicians and their lieutenants prophesy doom if spending is cut, it pays to question what they define as “doom,” and for whom.
     
  296. Using Taxes To Lobby for Taxes
     
  297. Students for a Free Economy
     
  298. Public Officials Using Tax Dollars To Lobby for Higher Taxes
     
  299. Powerful Force
     
  300. Landfill Capacity and Ballast Water Treatment Headline Latest Issue of MichiganScience
     
  301. Michigan Municipal Solid Waste Landfills Waste Disposed and Remaining Capacity
     
  302. MichiganScience No. 2
    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.
     
  303. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 30, 2007
     
  304. SEMCOG’s Crazy Train
     
  305. Today’s Announcement of Decline in Michigan’s Union Membership “Dramatically Highlights” Need for Right-To-Work Laws
     
  306. Getting the Teachers Union on Board for Reform
     
  307. Socrates and the Minimum Wage
     
  308. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 23, 2007
     
  309. Higher Education and Economic Development
     
  310. Around the State 2007-01
     
  311. Legislators Should Do No More Harm To Michigan
     
  312. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 16, 2007
     
  313. Lansing Businesswoman Receives Mackinac Center “Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor Award”
     
  314. “Tax, Spend and Borrow”
     
  315. Tax Hikes Could Hasten Michigan’s Exodus
     
  316. Elected School Boards or Unions: Who Rules the Roost?
     
  317. U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments Today Suggest Unions Could Lose in Key Cases Involving Use of Union Fees for Political Causes, Says Center Legal Analyst
     
  318. Michigan Leads the Nation in Outbound Moves
     
  319. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 9, 2007
     
  320. Michiganvotes.org Helps Track Legislator Attendance
     
  321. Michigan Tops Nation in 2006 Outbound Move Rate According to New United Van Lines Data
     
  322. New Year’s Resolutions for the Michigan Legislature
     
  323. The Difference One Can Make (Monograph)
    Character saves lives, as the story of Nicholas Winton teaches us. It also defines each one of us as a person and in the process, shapes entire nations and determines their course. This is why the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has devoted talent and resources to the character issue. Though much of our work focuses on specific public policy issues, we know that good policy ultimately derives from good character. That’s another way of saying that we shouldn’t expect government to be any better than the people it reflects. We hope that these two essays will help spark a revival of interest in the critical role that character plays in a free society.
     
  324. Lights Out?
     
  325. New York Times Devotes Two Stories to Mackinac Center Training Program and Free-Market Movement
     
  326. Reed Discusses President Gerald Ford
     
  327. Stop Punishing Michigan Investors
    What’s unique about state business taxes is the manner in which they target a narrow and highly desirable group — persons willing to invest in the state.
     
  328. From Worst to First: The Best Business Tax is None
    For every dollar that employers must pay in corporate taxes to the state, they have one dollar less to disburse as wages to workers or as investment in growth.
     
  329. The People’s Power: Defending Representative Government
    The arguments both for and against the OFIS rulings indicate that these decisions involve a genuine policy debate — something that should, under the Michigan Constitution, be decided in the Legislature.
     
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