Features and Highlights

25 CCs of Adrenaline — 2005

For your reading pleasure, here are the top 25 Current Comments of 2005.  … more

New Territory

As governor of the Michigan Territory, Lewis Cass defined leadership. … more

Budget Buster?

Mandatory public school funding increases set a dangerous precedent. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Michigan teachers paid above average, graduation requirements. … more

No Strings Attached

"Categorical" grants allow Lansing to meddle in local education decisions.  … more

Biased Assertion?

Mackinac Center research is based on experience and evidence, not bias. … more

Home Schooling in Detroit

Two Detroit moms, with little in common, share home schooling success. … more

When in the Course ...

LeAnn K. Hadley recounts a decade of human events at the Mackinac Center. … more

Michigan Education Digest

MEA lawsuit dismissed, Detroit school shootings, all-charter district. … more

Feudal Endeavor?

Extending the cable franchise system to new technologies is medieval thinking. … more

Required Reading

If the state can't evaluate one graduation requirement, do we really need more? … more

Winds of Freedom

Hope and opportunity emerge from the ruins of Hurricane Katrina. … more

Pension Headache

Thomas W. Washburne offers a remedy for corporate pension ailments. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health insurance bills, teacher fingerprinting, NCLB lawsuit dismissed. … more

Education Overhaul

Education reform will come about when there's a true marketplace of options. … more

Army of Compassion

Michigan can learn from the Salvation Army's 140-year success story. … more

Renaissance or Relapse?

A litany of big, flashy projects has failed to bring about Detroit's revival.  … more

Water, Water Everywhere

Overly broad federal "wetlands" regulations erode our property rights. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Urban schools study, increased state funding, DPS enrollment falls. … more

Free Africa

African thinkers say the continent needs free markets, not Western aid.  … more

Taking Issue

Regulatory takings rarely involve compensation. It's time to insist they do. … more

Fiscal Fitness Center

Michael D. LaFaive thanks the Morey Foundation for its contribution to freedom. … more

Standard Error

State-mandated graduation requirements fail to make the grade. … more

Gravy Train

Amtrak should be privatized, not propped up with federal and state tax dollars. … more

By Degrees

Jack McHugh debunks the premise that more college degrees equals more jobs. … more

Around the State

A digest of privatization initiatives and news from across Michigan. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Teacher insurance, free college, four-day school week, lockdown legislation. … more

Booking Privatization

The state should stop subsidizing local public libraries. … more

Say Oui to Michigan?

Is Michigan becoming the economic equivalent of France? … more

Forensic Medicine

Our Debate Workshop speakers explain how we're improving future public policy. … more

Economic Malpractice

Ivory tower, tax-and-spend economists hamper Michigan's recovery. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Saving money, merit pay, achievement gap, union embezzlement. … more

Revitalizing Detroit

There are five steps Detroit officials must take to halt the city's financial decline.  … more

Fuel Economy

Attracting a new oil refinery to Michigan could create jobs, lower fuel prices. … more

Honoring Lon Morey

Lon Morey's generosity and vision show him to be a shepherd of freedom. … more

Crisis Management

Louis Schimmel recounts four years as Hamtramck's "emergency manager." … more

Michigan Education Digest

Union health insurance, GRPS won't sell to charter, DPS election. … more

Trigger Happy

Michigan's economy would benefit from tax relief without revenue "triggers." … more

Wage War

Battle Creek's proposed "living wage" would harm those it intends to help. … more

Time Warp

Lawrence W. Reed honors those who produced timely order out of clock chaos. … more

Taking Liberties

Patrick J. Wright assesses eminent domain takings on Michigan talk radio. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Charter school union vote, SOS Holland, Nation's Report Card results. … more

Moving Experience

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is a 100-year-old Michigan success story. … more

Risky Business

The Legislature's economic growth plan risks taxpayer money and won't work.  … more

Organ Failure

Public policies regarding organ donations cost lives. But there is an alternative. … more

Credit Due

New York state legislators champion innovative education tax credit plans. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Charter school ban, Holland contract talks, GRESPA lawsuit.  … more

Freedom Rings

Diane S. Katz encourages legislators to set the telecom market free. … more

State of the State

Michael LaFaive discusses the current economic problems facing Michigan. … more

Insuring Disaster

The political manipulation of insurance costs is an accident waiting to happen. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Education grants; state-mandated curriculum; debating merit pay.  … more

News Release: Wetlands

Congress shouldn't have the power to govern every drop of water. … more

A Little Rebellion

Sheldon Rose captures Jefferson's "spirit of resistance to government." … more

Peter the Great

Dr. Peter T. Leeson is a former Center intern. We'll say we knew him "when. ..." … more

Simply Revolutionary

Louis Schimmel has shown that managing the basics is a profound public service.  … more

Historic Failure

Those who ignore history repeat it. Are state officials forgetting 1850?  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Student count days; early MEAP preps; starting school after Labor Day.  … more

House Broken?

The state House sends a dog to the Senate to foul a 154-year state tradition. … more

Cap Size?

The Headlee state spending cap may no longer provide enough ballast.  … more

No Yoke

Liberalism used to involve freeing people, not hitching them to the state plow.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

The passing of Sandra Feldman; ACT ousts MEAP; Holland teachers to strike?  … more

Swine Bar

If disaster relief is truly a federal priority, just say "no" to pork barrel spending. … more

Human Interest

The real returns on human capital come from state policy, not federal.  … more

Water Proof

Evidence points to the success of water privatization. … more

Board Game

Not many Detroiters voted in the school board primary. Maybe they had a point.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Holland teachers, Katrina student grants, school after Labor Day. … more

Transforming Michigan

The Mackinac Center proposes a 10-step recovery program for Michigan.  … more

After the Deluge

Statesmen, if any remain, have been drowned out since the Katrina flood. … more

Ivory Power

Universities hike tuition because they can. Markets would bring them back to earth. … more

Mercurial Regulation

New state mercury standards would rest on uncertain grounds, with definite costs.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Teacher poll, union request, fingerprint squabble. … more

Taking Measures

Patrick J. Wright sizes up eminent domain abuse for a state House committee.  … more

Tough Propositions

Education reformers are recommending more difficult school curricula. … more

Supreme Irony

Senate judicial activists want to grill Judge Roberts. Ironically, they're right to do so. … more

City Fall?

Michael D. LaFaive addresses the decline, decline and decline of Detroit. … more

Telecom Relay

State telecom reform is finally out of the starting blocks. It's time to finish the race. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Union ousted; GRPS busses; Lansing schools offer help to Katrina evacuees. … more

$18 Million Contract Statement

The MEA's largest school district has contracted its busing to a private firm.  … more

Twilight Zone

The airline strike may be the sunset of unions, whose "unity" means "exclusion." … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS teacher contract, Lakeview insurance, state report cards. … more

Number Cruncher

You live in Michigan. You think the U.S. economy is still weak. You're wrong. … more

Pain Threshold

David L. Littmann has a question for Michigan policymakers: Does it hurt yet? … more

Poverty Trap

Increasing the minimum wage can actually worsen poverty over the long run. … more

Community Service

U of D Jesuit High School and Academy stands "like the Rock of Gibraltar." … more

Do the Math

"Reform board" = $259 million tax error. Private scholarships = good + affordable.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS labor crisis, Brother Rice ruling, school spending petition. … more

700 Years After

William Wallace lives on in the memory of those who love liberty. … more

Union Carded

The state Court of Appeals has stopped the MEA from entering Catholic schools. … more

Taxing Situation

Michigan's rock-bottom economy may have stopped plunging. Time to cut taxes!  … more

Passion for Money?

You can't bribe students into a "positive passion for the public good."  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Districts outsourcing, DPS' illegal taxes, MEA lawsuit. … more

Price-less Education

State school funding guarantees cannot rescind the laws of economics. … more

Suitable for Children?

How does an MEA lawsuit spell "relief"? "C-L-O-S-E--S-C-H-O-O-L-S." … more


On Aug. 14, Social Security turns 70. Don't be numbed by the party noise. … more

Where's the Beef?

The 100-year-old complaint against meat packaging goes rancid on inspection. … more

Burnley's Choice

The former Detroit schools CEO attests to the power of competition. … more

Spreading the Sunshine

MichiganVotes.org is bringing stellar transparency to other state governments. … more

It's Called "the Initiative"

The Board of State Canvassers should read the Michigan Constitution. … more

Judgment Call?

Telecommunications should be taken out of the commissions and the courts. … more

Contract Payments

More Michigan school districts are reaping rewards from major privatization.  … more

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