Features and Highlights

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

Hoping for Change

State government should perform only necessary functions. … more

Those Are the Breaks

A television show contains many parallels with government's bailout addiction. … more

Michigan Education Digest

MEAP test, MEA pension plan, Vestaburg bond issue. … more

News Release: Reed on Great Depression at CMU

Mackinac Center President Emeritus Lawrence W. Reed will discuss “Lessons from the Great Depression” April 13 at Central Michigan University. … more

Visa Credit or Debit?

Eliminating visas for Michigan resort workers can be seen two ways. … more

Bounced Check

Democracy through secret-ballot voting must be protected for workers.  … more

News Release: Reverse Coal Plant Ban

Gov. Granholm’s moratorium on coal-fired plants should be reversed to ensure reliable power and provide Michigan jobs. … more

Michigan Education Digest

AIG lawsuit, retirement incentive, building giveaway. … more

Art House

How cheap housing, not government grants, can revive the arts.  … more

Tax Tables

A comparison of Michigan's tax burden.  … more

Confidence Builder

Michigan Capitol Confidential readers can confidently question their legislators.  … more

Cinéma Vérité?

A Michigan Film Office report should have been left on the cutting-room floor.  … more

News Release: Film Office Report Violates Law

A Michigan Film Office report features questionable figures and lacks the line-item details that state law requires, a Center video explains.  … more

News Release: David Littmann at MSU March 31

David Littmann, award-winning senior economist for the Mackinac Center, will discuss how and why the economy has faltered and what can be done to correct it.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

All-day K, recall withdrawn, merit pay debate. … more

News Release: House Leader Posts Payroll

Michigan House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer, R-Bellaire, has embraced transparency during Sunshine Week by posting online the names and salaries of his staff. … more

Nuclear Reaction

A look at the cost and feasibility of nuclear power in Michigan.  … more

The First Two Letters of MEA

The MEA's pension plan is expensive and does not help students.  … more

Five Alive

Why government bailouts violate the principles of good government.  … more

Coming to a Head

Tax break for beer maker skews the playing field. … more

News Release: Politicians Must Walk the Walk

Sunshine Week provides a perfect opportunity for the media to investigate why politicians who accuse each other of not being transparent often are not themselves. … more

Michigan Education Digest

New med schools, home-schoolers persist, retirement pay. … more

Labor Talks

Paul Kersey on how labor law can benefit workers instead of unions. … more

This Little Light of Mine

Politicians who talk about transparency should practice what they preach.  … more

News Release: Macomb Schools Post Spending

Romeo and Chippewa Valley are the first districts in Macomb County to respond to a Mackinac Center request for greater transparency. … more

Numbers Game

Secret ballots under EFCA: It can be done. In theory. … more

Public Comments About Private Property

Nancy Kurdziel addresses the East Lansing City Council … more

Michigan Education Digest

Jail-based academy, new state assessment, bond swap. … more

Truth Serum

How legislators vote and what they claim can be very different. … more

News Release: State Pays Unions $17 Million

Documents obtained by the Mackinac Center through a FOIA request show that Michigan taxpayers contributed more than $17 million to six unions in 2008.  … more

Charting a Course

Charter public school report contains good news.  … more

Lots of Zeroes in Trillion

Stimulus packages are nothing but theft and cowardice. … more

First in Something

Michigan once again leads the nation in outbound moves. … more

Michigan Education Digest

GR audiotape, Lansing Promise, charter report. … more

A Kelo of Prevention

A Mackinac Center forum on property rights in East Lansing.  … more

Cool Millions

The costs outweigh the benefits of global warming regulations. … more

Power Struggle

A moratorium on coal plants will further harm Michigan's economy. … more

Michigan Expensive Development Corporation

Proposed legislation could shed light on job creation performance. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Merit pay, athlete GPA, DPS payroll shortage. … more

An Encouraging Word

Not everything about the economy is disheartening. … more

Cornerstone of a Good Education

Northwood University is helping teach Detroit students about economics. … more

Drunk With Power

A new law further protects beer and wine wholesalers from competition. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Vouchers, W-W settles, free enterprise class. … more

Rookie Sensations

Two freshmen state representatives take transparency to a new level. … more

News Release: Legislators Provide Spending Transparency

While veteran state politicians talk about transparency and do nothing, two freshmen legislators have posted information on their Web sites detailing who works for them and how much they are paid. … more

Che What?

A new film about Che Guevara misses the mark. … more

Polluting the Environment

East Lansing's disrespect for private property rights is a toxic issue. … more

Dear Mr. President

How Ron Gettelfinger can help the UAW help automakers. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Pension plan, health savings, small schools. … more

State of Crisis?

A Tally of Limitations and Expansions in the 2009 State of the State Address. … more

News Release: Expansions Outpace Limitations

Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s State of the State Address focused more on expanding the power of the state than fixing Michigan’s crisis. … more

The "State of the State" You Should Hear

A video synopsis of Michael D. LaFaive’s 2009 "State of the State Address." … more

Michigan Film Incentive: Boon or Boondoggle?

Kathy Hoekstra continues her in-depth review of the Michigan Film Incentive. … more

California Dreaming

States shouldn't be allowed to set tailpipe emissions. … more

They Keep Going and Going

Tax credits for battery makers are the latest Lansing giveaway. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS manager, Caseville dispute, green jobs. … more

Poverty Is a Policy Issue

Good public policy can alleviate poverty and bring prosperity. … more

News Release: Michigan Tops in Unemployment

New figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the five states with the lowest unemployment for December all have right-to-work laws.  … more

Littmann Looks Forward

An interview with David Littmann. … more

Water Wrongs

Water ownership is a private property rights issue. … more

Looking Ahead

Jack McHugh interview on CNN about Michigan's economy. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Labor costs, MESSA dispute, Blues plan raises questions. … more

News Release: Susette Kelo to Discuss Property Rights

A Feb. 10 Issues & Ideas Forum will feature property rights champion Susette Kelo and author Jeff Benedict, who will discuss Kelo’s fight against eminent domain for economic development, a fight that ultimately went to the Supreme Court. … more

Michigan Privatization Digest

State looks to hire privatization expert. University of Michigan Privatization. Possible Ann Arbor golf course sale spurs ballot proposal. … more

Off the Clock

Does the UAW still believe in an eight-hour work day?  … more

The Future is Now

101 recommendations to help Michigan. … more

News Release: Center Publishes 101 Recommendations

"This is a how-to list for people serious about real change in Michigan," says Mackinac Center Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Drivers retain union, new private school, state rates C+. … more

Stimulating Talk

David Littmann discusses why stimulus packages fail. … more

Two Thumbs Down

Kathy Hoekstra reviews the Michigan Film Incentive. … more

Take a Deep Breath

A cap-and-trade plan for CO2 emissions would harm the economy. … more

News Release: Cost of Film Incentives Unknown

Mackinac Center Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra explores a state economic development program and what it is costing taxpayers. … more

News Release: Dean Ruling Shouldn’t Impact Privatization

School privatization should not be hampered by the federal court ruling in the Dean Transportation case Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board case.  … more

A Different Kind of Cancer

High cigarette taxes can cause smuggling and other types of crime. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Online ed, Catholic schools, budget crunch. … more

Student Counsel

SFE helps students learn how to market the free market. … more

News Release: Experts to Discuss "Beyond the Bailout"

The Mackinac Center on Jan. 13 will host a blue ribbon panel to discuss the auto industry crisis, including plans for a potential bailout, restructuring, bankruptcy, needed reforms and labor issues. … more

News Release: Macomb Schools Asked to Post Spending

Mackinac Center asks Macomb County public schools to publish their checkbook registers. … more

Outside Help

Volunteers prove help for Detroit schools doesn't have to involve tax dollars. … more

Coming Clean on Cummings

A review of "Eimi" by E. E. Cummings. … more

Chart Toppers

The 25 most popular Current Comments of 2008 … more

Michigan Education Digest

Strike talk, school closings, Muskegon merit pay. … more

Blowing Smoke

Smoking bans are a form of property rights abuse. … more

Bark, but No Bite

Putting some teeth in the teacher strike laws. … more

Point of Departure

New Census Bureau data shows Michiganders are headed elsewhere. … more

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

What legislators say and how they vote don't always mesh. … more

Transparency 101

Explaining the role of government transparency in a free society. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Calloway out, administrator pay, fingerprint debate. … more

Goose, but No Gander

Gov. Granholm's inconsistency on whose money should bail out auto industry. … more

Humble Words

Lawrence Reed's commencement address at Northwood. … more

Regulation is Job 1

Fewer regulations, not bailout money, will save the Big Three. … more

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