Features and Highlights

Songs of Freedom

Students travel to Motown to learn about free markets. … more

Presidential Pardon

A state legislator gets kudos for apologizing.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Saugatuck millage, lunch money, master's pay. … more

News Release: Report: MEGA/MEDC Less Transparent

Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive examines in a 20-page policy brief how MEGA and the MEDC have grown less transparent about their efforts to create and retain jobs.  … more

Tear Down This Wall

DPS should not be walled off from the expectations of other schools.  … more

Pool Party

Pooling school and other public employees for health insurance worth debate.  … more

Bad Idea Doused

State panel votes against mandatory fire sprinklers. … more

Departmentalize

Recombining the DEQ and DNR would not help Michigan.  … more

News Release: Township, Schools Embrace Transparency

A small township and two school districts have posted their checkbooks online, but transparency is still lacking in some parts of Michigan.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health pool, Detroit charters, family hires. … more

Welcome Aboard

The Mackinac Center names new director of education policy. … more

Driven to Tears

Unemployment and moving company data prove Michigan must change. … more

News Release: Michigan Considers Mandatory Fire Sprinklers

The Michigan Building Code Review Committee will consider making fire sprinklers mandatory in new homes, which could impact affordable housing for low-income families. … more

News Release: Latest Figures Demonstrate MEDC Failure

Michigan leads the nation in unemployment, as well as outbound moves for United Van Lines, showing that the Michigan Economic Development Corp. should be eliminated. … more

Bargaining Power

School boards should keep in mind the true nature of teachers unions. … more

Art Attack

The Detroit City Council should focus on more pressing issues than art. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Stimulus decisions, state funding, DPS turnaround. … more

Saving Money Is Dangerous?

What the MEA claims about school privatization.  … more

Big and Bad

The scope and reach of the federal government is too large.  … more

Healthy Debate

HSAs are a good alternative to nationalized health care.  … more

Secret Service

A Center forum on transparency.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Graduation rates, recall challenge, Ypsilanti deficit. … more

Defined Benefits

Government employee benefits in Michigan far outpace the private sector.  … more

News Release: Seven School Districts Post Spending Online

The state’s fourth-largest school district joins 46 others in posting check registers.  … more

Is This Progress?

Bad public policy and the downfall of Detroit.  … more

Independent Thoughts

A new film about Iran and the Fourth of July.  … more

Pop Quiz

Are tax-funded college scholarships necessary?  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Concessions, home-school numbers, DPS bankruptcy. … more

Emphasis on Savings

HSAs for state employees could bring multi-billion dollar savings.  … more

Buy American?

The federal takeover of GM and Chrysler may leave car buyers in a quandary.  … more

High Tide

A look at the debate over Great Lakes water levels.  … more

A Dash of Help

A new 'Right-to-Work Dashboard' shows why Michigan needs this law.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS/U-Prep talks, Whiteford privatization, ISD equity spat. … more

See Through

Government transparency should be the norm, not the exception.  … more

News Release: Center Releases RTW Dashboard

The Mackinac Center today announced its Right-to-Work Dashboard, a new feature that will provide data on several key economic indicators that show how states with right-to-work laws are performing better than Michigan.  … more

Sinking Feeling

House Bill 4313 sidesteps Prop A protections for taxpayers.  … more

News Release: Novi Posts Spending Online

The city of Novi is crediting the Mackinac Center as one inspiration for its decision to post its checkbook register online for public inspection. … more

Film at 11

A report on the Michigan Film Incentive's economic impact should be redone.  … more

Where Do We Go From Here?

Mackinac Center resources can help TEA Party activists move forward. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Fewer retirees, parent-run schools, 170-day mandate. … more

The Long and Winding Road

A step toward fixing failing schools in Michigan.  … more

FIRST Place

MichiganScience looks at high school robotics competition winners.  … more

Introducing the 2010 Chrysler Backfire

Why the Chrysler bailout won't work. … more

Middle Management

The MEA's own management-labor difficulties.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS outsourcing, college grad rates, tenure snafu. … more

Eight Is Not Enough

A new Center study defends Gov. Granholm's budget proposals.  … more

Which Way Is Up?

David Littmann discusses fixing Michigan's economy. … more

News Release: Center Defends 8 Granholm Proposals

A new study by Jack McHugh examines eight budget proposals the governor and Center agree on, and asks why the Legislature refuses to act on them. … more

Revolting Regulations

Michigan's regulatory agencies must be held accountable. … more

Planning Behind

Statistics show the MEDC is a total failure and should be eliminated. … more

News Release: GDP Drop Exposes MEDC Failures

Michigan has had negative GDP growth since the inception of the MEDC while millions of tax dollars have been given to companies as tax credits and cash subsidies.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Science kits a hit, AZ tax credits, new teacher plan … more

Spending Habits

A graduated income tax is not the answer for Michigan's budget.  … more

News Release: Top Schools Post Checkbooks

Three top-performing Michigan school districts have posted their checkbook registers online as part of the Mackinac Center’s Transparency Project. … more

Michigan Privatization Digest

Pontiac budget, privatization, Manistee trash … more

Seeing is Believing

A look at government transparency efforts in the U.S. and Canada.  … more

Ask and They Shall Receive

Ken Braun tells lawmakers how they can fix their budget mistakes.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Stimulus spat, New U Prep, Pontiac lawsuit … more

Revenue Neutral

Municipal finance expert Robert Daddow discusses Michigan tax revenues. … more

Tool Time

What Tea Party activists need to continue their momentum. … more

Trading Places

Michigan's exports remain strong. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Student protest, PAC deductions, private busing. … more

News Release: Daddow: 2020 Before Property Tax Base Returns

In a video interview, Mackinac Center Adjunct Scholar and Oakland County Deputy Executive Robert Daddow predicts "a decade problem" for Michigan governments and recommends they "do business differently."  … more

Perk Test

The Michigan Senate fails to address state employee benefits. … more

David and Goliath

David Littmann discusses Michigan's fiscal failures. … more

Gut Check

Do Michigan legislators have the political will to cut spending? … more

Fearless Forecaster

David Littmann's take on the future of the auto industry. … more

News Release: Bill Curbs Regulatory Regime

New legislation would make legislators more accountable and limit regulatory agencies’ power, which Russ Harding called for in 2005.  … more

News Release: Labor Law for Charters

The Mackinac Center today released “Leveling the Playing Field,” a guide to labor law and how it applies to charter public schools. … more

Strong Words

The Mackinac Center provides a steady voice in uncertain times. … more

Can I Ask You a Question?

Questions Tea Party activists should ask political candidates. … more

News Release: Mich. Unemployment Could Rise

Mackinac Center Senior Economist David L. Littmann predicts in a video interview that Michigan could see 20 percent unemployment as a result of the auto crisis. … more

Tea Minus 10 Minutes

An easy guide to becoming a Tea Party activist. … more

Attitude Adjustment

Seven things that Tea Party activists get right. … more

Paper Cut

Cutting Michigan's budget 1 percent accomplishes nothing. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Michigan Education Digest: School Reform, Swine Flu, Teacher Strikes. … more

Undefined Benefit

The Michigan school employees' retirement fund is losing money. … more

News Release: More Schools Embrace Transparency

More schools across Michigan, including the second and fifth largest districts, have responded to the Center’s call to post their checkbook registers online.  … more

Drawn to Liberty

A collection of Henry Payne's editorial cartoons for the Mackinac Center. … more

Straight Talk

Center analysts discuss what Michigan must do to survive. … more

Cut!

A flawed report about Michigan film subsidies should be redone. … more

News Release: AG Agrees Film Office Violated Law

A state attorney general's letter has confirmed the Michigan Film Office failed to report information required under state law.  … more

News Release: Center Analysts on Chrysler 'Bankruptcy'

Taxpayers would be better served by a market settlement or Chapter 11 bankruptcy than by a plan dictated by the federal government.  … more

Media Alert: Center Analysts Testify on Film Subsidies

Mackinac Center analysts today will testify before the Senate Finance Committee on inadequacies of a report on subsidies given by the Michigan Film Office. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Virtual school, satisfied teachers, pension fund. … more

Hitch a Ride

Michigan can't wait for the auto industry to rebound. … more

Siren Song

A look at who pays for the Michigan Film Incentive. … more

On the Bubble

TEA Party remarks by Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Grand Rapids test scores, charter school performance. … more

News Release: U.P. School Posts Spending

A tiny school district in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has embraced transparency by posting its spending online. … more

Mean Green Machine

A second look at "green" jobs this Earth Day. … more

A Rising Tide

Michigan's unemployment has increased since the 2007 tax hike. … more

Natural Selection

MichiganScience explores how and why more farmers are going organic. … more

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Bailouts and stimulus packages equate to a government bubble. … more

Tea Time

Kenneth Braun's comments at a TEA Party in west Michigan. … more

T-Day

A closer look at Michigan's tax burden. … more

High Impact

A video update of the Center's activities for the first quarter of 2009. … more

Apples to Apples?

Comparing school performance across the states. … more

A Different Bankruptcy

How T.S. Eliot and Russell Kirk viewed the "moral imagination." … more

Michigan Education Digest

Robo champs, stimulus warning, education tax credits. … more

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