Features and Highlights

VoteSpotter App for Android and Apple iOS

Give instant feedback to legislators. … more

SEIU Keeps Millions from 'Dues Skim'

Court of Appeals dismisses case. … more

MEA's 'August Window' Declared Illegal

Judge rules union committed unfair labor practices. … more

Right-to-Work Problems in Teacher Contracts

A quarter contain questionable union dues language. … more

Supreme Court Ends Dues Skim

Center filed two amicus briefs in case. … more

Center Asks State to Rescind Alcohol Rule

'Government-facilitated price collusion.' … more

AugustOptOut.org Unveiled for MEA Members

Help for those wishing to resign from the union. … more

Center Requests New MERC Rule

Public-sector union resignation process streamlined. … more

Track Detroit Bailout on VoteSpotter

Instant updates on multi-bill package. … more

Teamsters Drop Suit Against MCLF Clients

Union also agrees to pay MCLF legal fees. … more

Voters Weigh in on Minimum Wage Hike

Would hurt family businesses and tipped workers. … more

Reitz Joins Statewide Transparency Group

Michigan Coalition for Open Government. … more

GOP Voters Oppose Detroit Bailout

New public opinion poll released. … more

Michigan Education Association Gives Up Fight

MEA drops fight against unfair labor practice complaints. … more

New Survey of School Union Contracts

Districts still bargaining over prohibited subjects. … more

Lawsuit Filed Against MEA

Union threatens 8,000 educators over unpaid dues. … more

New Tobacco Smuggling Data

Michigan remains 10th nationally. … more

School Privatization Survey Released

Numbers hit all-time high. … more

Gov. Snyder's 2014 State of the State Address

Proposes six expansions, two limitations of government. … more

Highland Park Charter District

Policy brief, documentary show improvements. … more

Teamsters Abandon Anti-RTW Policy

MCLF sued on behalf of Dearborn employees. … more

MEA Accused of Unfair Labor Practices

Eight teachers file at MERC over right-to-work. … more

Benefits out of Balance

Public sector outpaces private sector by $5.8B. … more

SEIU Case Appealed

Dues skim victims should get money back. … more

Study: Top-to-Bottom Rankings Flawed

Schools penalized for serving low-income students. … more

Center Involved in Supreme Court Case

Forced unionization schemes under review. … more

Lehman Honored with Roe Award

Recognizes dedication to free-market principles. … more

Center Files FOIA Lawsuit

City of Westland fees illegal, exorbitant. … more

House Passes Flawed Medicaid Expansion

'An exceptionally cynical exercise.' … more

Press Release: RTW Laws Increase Economic Growth

New study examines six decades of data. … more

Press Release: Medicaid Waivers a Risky Proposal

Waivers are temporary, but expansion is permanent … more

Press Release: Teamsters Discriminate Against Workers

Lawsuit filed in Wayne County Circuit Court. … more

Study: New CAP Report Card for Young Students

How did your kid's school rank? … more

Study: Don’t Overlook Medicaid’s Flaws

Expansion would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. … more

Michigan Should Look to Florida to Improve Public Education

New study contains six specific policy recommendations. … more

New Right-to-Work Website Now Available

Includes sample opt-out letter for those who want to resign union membership. … more

MCLF Files Suit on Behalf of Taylor Teachers

Three Taylor teachers object to forced dues extension. … more

Poll: Underwhelming Support for Medicaid Expansion

Only half of active voters favor expansion. … more

Superintendent Compensation Database

Searchable database now available online. … more

An Open Letter to Sen. Gretchen Whitmer

Lindsey Dodge takes a different view of women and RTW. … more

The False Social Concerns About Right-to-Work

Poverty, lack of insurance not higher in right-to-work states. … more

Michigan Is a Right-to-Work State

Center experts a leading voice in Michigan, nationwide, in promoting worker freedom for more than 20 years. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Right-to-work legislation introduced, requested public charter school moves forward, school tax revenues approved for Red Wings … more

Gov. Snyder Announces Right-to-Work Bills

Worker freedom on the horizon for Michigan. … more

All Five Constitutional Amendments Defeated

Emergency manager law repealed. … more

Prop 5: Lower Taxes, More Growth

Tax limitation would still allow for reform. … more

MPA and Mackinac Joint Statement on FOIA, Prop 2

Prop 2 dangerous to citizens' "right to know" … more

Proposal 1: Not About Local Control

"Local control is always at risk when cities go bankrupt." … more

View an easy-to-follow grid of the all the ballot proposals … more

Merit Pay: 80 Percent of Public Schools Shirk Law

Most union contracts refuse to reward good teaching … more

Proposal 4: Forced Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers

‘Dubious arrangement for the sole purpose of allowing the SEIU to pad its political coffers’ … more

Study: Prop 2 Would Shield Unions, Cost the Public

Center analysts estimate at least $1.6 billion in taxpayer savings lost annually  … more

Prop 3 Could Cost 10,540 Michigan Jobs, Says Study

Study considers investment and costs of the ‘25 x 25’ proposal; effect of current 10 percent standard also estimated … more

Roscommon Teachers Decertify From the MEA

Local union will continue to negotiate with district. … more

State Supreme Court Approves POJA

Voters face tough decision on radical union proposal. … more

Justices Wrongly Pressured on Union Proposal

Court of Appeals approves 'Protect Our Jobs'; backers try to bully Supreme Court justices ahead of final decision. … more

School Privatization Survey 2012

61 percent of districts now contract out for one of three main support services. … more

Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card Released!

New study provides a measure of schools' student test scores adjusted for student poverty levels. … more

Signatures Submitted in Home Health Scheme

Ballot initiative seeks to continue dues skim. … more

'Protect Our Jobs' Backers Submit Signatures

Union ballot initiative benefits the 3 percent. … more

Interlocal Agreements Database

Search our collection of nearly 1,000 agreements between local governments … more

AG Opinion Ends SEIU Dues Skim

Union has taken $30 million from Medicaid funds. … more

Study: Alcohol Regulations Don't Improve Public Health and Safety

State restrictions raise consumer prices, reduce availability. … more

Center Announces Two New Board Members

Taylor, Huizenga "two accomplished leaders." … more

Inspire Your Desktop!

New graphics for iPhone, iPad and Pinterest! … more

Gov. Snyder Signs Law Ending Stealth Unionization

Home health care providers freed from SEIU dues skim. … more

Exclusive Mackinac Video as Featured on Breitbart

Breitbart's "Michigan Senate Republicans Allow SEIU To Bully Home Caregivers," based on Mackinac coverage of home health aides in Michigan.  … more

State of the State: Government to Expand?

Our count of Gov. Snyder's proposals shows five expansions and one limitation. Will that be the whole story?  … more

Congress Mandates the Impossible

Gas prices spike as fines are passed on to consumers. … more

State of the State Tally Planned Tonight

Center experts available for comment after governor's speech. … more

Bad for Business

Governor's veto sends wrong message. … more

Attorney General Entry Into U-M Grad Student Unionization Case

AG’s participation highlights ‘critical importance’ of upholding law and protecting rights of research assistants.  … more

HELP WANTED: Executive VP, Attorney

We're expanding our team! … more

Defunded State Agency Still Operating

The MQC3 continues to collect millions in "public employee" union dues from private workers. … more

MERC Rejects U of M Grad Student Unionization Attempt

As the Mackinac Center requested, MERC rules that student researchers are not public employees.  … more

U.S. 'Worse Than Greece'

David Littmann says the debt compromise just made things worse for the economy. Click for audio… more

Eye of the Beholder

Government has no place funding art. … more

Day Care Unionization Scheme Ends; More Reform Necessary

State Supreme Court declares issue "moot," but home health care workers still affected. … more

Preying Upon the Most Vulnerable

"Union dues" skimmed from Medicaid checks for disabled individuals' aides. … more

E for Effort?

Despite recent reforms, schools still ignore teacher effectiveness when setting pay. … more

Just the Facts

Facts and figures on Michigan's public-sector employees. … more

State Supreme Court Fails to Fix Disastrous FOIA Ruling

The Legislature should act swiftly to restore the intent behind Michigan’s public disclosure law, Center attorney says. … more

Taxpayers No Longer Prevailed Upon

Repeal of prevailing wage law will save money on state construction projects. … more

New Online Database of High School ‘Context and Performance’

Data for 678 schools range from ACT and MME scores to percentage of students qualifying for school lunch subsidies. … more

Are Unions an End in Themselves?

New rules make it harder for businesses to respond to both employee concerns and unionization efforts. … more

300 Sheets to the Wind

Archaic and convoluted distribution laws hurt local craft brewers… more

Gaming the System

Federal subsidies for video games? … more

Veteran Lansing Reporter Joins Capitol Confidential

"Highly regarded" MIRS reporter and analyst, Jack Spencer, will cover Capitol beat. … more

Center Study Compares School District Finances by Locale

New report breaks down revenues and operational spending for Michigan's urban, suburban, town and rural districts. … more

Beyond the Classroom

A Michigan school district pioneers a virtual learning software. … more

Center Files Brief in Pivotal Wetland Case

Proof of criminal intent should remain necessary in prosecutions for most crimes. … more

Center, MPA File in Key FOIA Case

School district’s FOIA denial on illegal strikes suggests court ruling may hide improper activities. … more

Tax Takes Toll on Michigan

Find out what's wrong with the Michigan business tax.

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