Features and Highlights

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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Victory for Home-Based Day Care Providers

No more illegal "union dues" to be taken from checks to day care owners. … more

Center Budget Testimony

Michael LaFaive and Ken Braun testify before Michigan legislators on Feb. 9. … more

Mackinac Center App

Download our free app to get the latest articles, videos and photos from the Mackinac Center. … more

News Release: 2011 State of the State Tally

Gov. Snyder's first SOS included nine expansions and three limitations of government. … more

The EPA's War on Energy

Environmental attorney Peter Glaser discusses the EPA's assault on fossil fuels. … more

In the Trenches

Gary Wolfram refutes a study claiming Michigan public employees are being paid less than their private-sector counterparts. … more

School Myth Video #3

Read more about this and other myths. … more

News Release: State Supreme Court Lets Awful FOIA Ruling Stand

"The court’s failure to respond cripples the state Freedom of Information Act," says Mackinac Center lawyer.  … more

Missed Votes Tally

Legislators missed 7,100 votes in 2009-2010 session. … more

High Cigarette Taxes Lead to Smuggling

Updated study points out correlation between excise taxes and smuggling, theft and violent crimes. … more

Center Suing Kent-Area School Districts, Unions

Suit seeks to purge illegal “no-privatization” contract language. … more

Full Court Press

Legal Foundation appeals day care unionization case to the Michigan Supreme Court. … more

A World of Questions

GlobalWatt MEGA deal investigated. … more

Free Advice

L. Brooks Patterson on what Michigan's next governor should do. … more

State Pension Plans Exceed Private Sector

New study examines disparity between public- and private-sector benefits.  … more

Unity Studios: Unhappy Ending

The glitter of Hollywood has left Allen Park taxpayers with overpriced real estate.  … more

Appeals Court Dismisses Day Care Union Case

Forced unionization case dismissed without explanation a fourth time. … more

Virtual Learning

Experts discuss the benefits and future of online learning. … more

School Privatization up 8 Percent

Almost half of Michigan public school districts now contract out for one of three main noninstructional services.  … more

Flight Fight

New flight restrictions ground local pilots. … more

Plagiarism in MSU's School Consolidation Report?

A study published by Michigan State University’s Education Policy Center appears to contain plagiarized material. … more

The Foundation Allowance Myth

Watch the video, and read more about school funding myths. … more

Granholm Admits Role in Day Care Unionization

The governor boasted in 2008 about the forced unionization. … more

The Class Size Myth

The latest in an ongoing series on school funding myths.

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Knockout Punch

Michigan Education Association "punching bag" ads fail a Truth-o-Meter… more

The Overton Window

Our newly designed page explains the late Joe Overton's model of how ideas shape politics. … more

A Tale of Two Counties

Public-sector collective bargaining makes the difference. … more

Will It Fly?

Journalists keep probing the Hangar42 Studios subsidy deal. … more

'Lay Off!'

The MEDC wants critics to stop pointing out its failures. … more

News Release: State Ducks Central Question in Day Care Case

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation replies to the DHS' meager brief. … more

What Michigan Gets Right

State laws that work.  … more

News Release: Overturn Ruling That 'Guts' FOIA

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and the Michigan Press Association file a joint amicus brief. … more

Power Pellets!

Who wins funding battles among school employee groups? … more

Cap-and-Trade and Michigan's Economy

Watch the video from Margo Thorning's presentation. … more

The Plot Thickens

The latest on the day care union scheme: revealing e-mails, a web of connections and a zombie agency.

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The emerging picture on the day care unionization scheme may include Lt. Gov. John Cherry. … more

And Cut!

Since the enactment of the film incentive, Michigan movie employment has dropped nearly 10 percent.

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A Taxing Calculation

Don't add to Michigan's already growing tax burden. … more

Peaceably to Assemble

Sights and sounds of the April 15 Tea Party protest at the state Capitol. (2:04) … more

Ken Braun on WMKT Radio

In this April 15 interview, the editor of the Mackinac Center's Michigan Capitol Confidential discusses how to effect policy change. Click the arrow. Time: 5:17.
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Borrowing Trouble

HB 5963 would punish fiscally responsible school districts. … more

Sherry Loar on WJR Radio

A plaintiff in the Mackinac Center's lawsuit tells her story in this compelling interview. Click the arrow. Time: 10:10.
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Nobody's Servant

Public employees make more than private-sector workers. … more

More Schools Post Spending

Kent County districts, others, report checkbooks now online. … more

Control Pitcher

School districts could use a Little League coach's advice. … more

Legislature Zeroes Budget, MHBCCC Somehow Lingers

State executive agencies fail to respond to queries concerning the source of the MHBCCC's funding. … more

Center's Michael LaFaive Decries Governor's Tax Hike Proposals

The total proposed spending for next year is $2.1 billion higher than in the current fiscal year’s budget. … more

'This Is Shocking'

Rush Limbaugh discusses day care story. … more

News Release: Michael Moore's Anti-Greed Film Subsidized by Taxpayers

Moore now benefits from a program he once seemed to criticize. … more

News Release: Court Decision Undermines FOIA

Court of Appeals ruling regarding e-mails decreases transparency.  … more

The Overton Window

An explanation of the influential idea developed by late Mackinac Center Vice President Joseph Overton and popularized by Fox News' Glenn Beck. … more

News Release: Insurance Data Online

Health insurance data for school employees now available. … more

News Release: MSP Misses FOIA Deadlines

The Michigan State Police has missed the legal deadlines on two FOIA requests from the Center about how public monies are spent.  … more

The Overton Window

An explanation of the influential idea developed by late Mackinac Center Vice President Joseph Overton and popularized by Fox News' Glenn Beck. … more

101 Recommendations to
Revitalize Michigan

A compendium of policy ideas. … more

Eight Is a Start

Gov. Granholm and the Mackinac Center agree on eight state budget reforms. Now what about the Legislature? … more

Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling

High cigarette taxes can be hazardous to public health.  … more

Leveling the Playing Field

Charter schools can remain union-free. … more

Lock Step

Pay steps for teachers should be reconsidered.  … more

Playing Favorites

Targeted tax breaks and subsidies have not helped Michigan.  … more

Solid Foundation

Center Legal Foundation sues DHS over forced unionization.  … more

Fit to Print?

Lawrence W. Reed looks at media bias.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Brighton insurance, property values down. … more

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Sues DHS

The Mackinac Center announces the launch of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation with the filing of Loar v. DHS, a case involving the bogus unionization of home-based day care providers. … more

Who Cares?

Do bureaucrats really care about your health?  … more

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Faulty data can lead to false assumptions.  … more

Run for the Border

Problems with Canada's single-payer health care deserve attention.  … more

Perils of PERA

Government employee collective bargaining is failing Michigan.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Drivers stay on, AYP growth, MESSA dispute. … more

School Privatization 2009

More schools are turning to privatization to save money.  … more

News Release: School Privatization Up 5.4 Percent

The Center’s 2009 public school privatization survey shows that 44.6 percent of districts privatize for one of the three main support services — custodial, food or transportation — a 5.4 percent increase over last year.  … more

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