Features and Highlights


College football has its Top 25; here are the Top 25 CCs that scored with you. … more

Courting Change

Private groups that help families can ease the burden on Michigan's courts.  … more

Union Fable

It's better to take than to receive for unions when it comes to gift ideas. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS superintendent search, Gates report, win an iPod. … more

Taken Aback

Property owners deserve compensation when harmed by regulatory takings. … more

Government Inaction

A story of two people who helped others without relying on government. … more

Charter Change

A teacher outlines why Michigan should lift the cap on charter public schools. … more

Fork in the Road

Leaders who put personal power over liberty lead voters down the wrong path. … more

Michigan Education Digest

District surpluses, Northville eyes contracting, win an iPod. … more

Elephant in the Classroom

The defeat of Prop 5 is the beginning, not the end, of school pension reform. … more


Michigan can succeed if legislators fail to replace the SBT. … more

Mercury Misgivings

Diane S. Katz discusses her mercury report on WJR 760 AM. … more


A former public school superintendent preaches No Competition Left Behind. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DFT ousts leader, Hart leaves MESSA, win an iPod. … more

Net Gains

Michigan legislators should remain "neutral" on Internet regulations. … more

Incomplete Pass

Higher business taxes are passed on to investors, not customers. … more

Vast Stateland

Parents, not legislators, should decide what children watch on TV. … more

Chief Pontiac

Pontiac should contract public safety to protect people and their pocketbooks. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS enrollment drop, Dowagiac payroll, Niles bandwidth. … more


Michigan's alternative teacher certification laws could use a sanity check. … more

Around the State

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

Think Tank Thanks

The hard work of our sister free-market organizations is reason to give thanks. … more

Golden Rule

Workers send real money to Washington. Grover Cleveland returned the favor. … more

Poly Sci

Mackinac Center's new MichiganScience magazine looks at the policy of science. … more

Friedman Fan

An economist's tribute to Milton Friedman. … more

Remembering Friedman

Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman's influence on the Mackinac Center. … more

Prop 5 Take 5

Proposal 5 defeat doesn't mean the issue is solved. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Prop. 5 rejected, DPS sued, EDPS opens enrollment. … more

Shall Business Triumph?

Demise of the SBT shouldn’t mean more disincentives for business. … more


Michigan's elected officials should come clean on Canadian trash. … more

Sink or Swim

Michigan is barely treading water compared to its Great Lakes neighbors. … more

Tiger Tales

The history of Tiger Stadium shows that private ownership is a home run. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS fights union, Lansing cuts teacher stipend, lock-down drill angers parents. … more

Artistic Expression

Cutting funding for the Ann Arbor Film Festival isn't censorship. … more

Blank Check

Proposal 5 is about teacher pensions, not students. … more

Fear and Loathing

Politicans will say or do anything to get elected. … more

Mission Creep

Prop 5 will merely enable public schools to maintain noneducational activities.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

GRCC leaves MESSA, MEAP rules violated, USDE on same-gender schools. … more

Déjà Vu All Over Again

When government picks winners and losers, we all lose. … more

Property Proposal

Prop 4 would protect private property from governmental economic takings. … more

Room Service

Detroit's Statler Hotel was once a symbol of innovation and customer service.  … more

Right-to-Work Works

Idaho's 20-year experience with right-to-work produced solid economic benefits. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Major newspapers against Prop 5, DPS enrollment and layoffs, teacher survey. … more

Barbed Wire

A gritty HBO drama explores the failures of inner-city public schools. … more

Poll Fault

Public opinion surveys are important, but they need to be done right.  … more

The "Forgotten" Proposal

Proposal 1 is often overlooked, but voters should remember to look it over.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS bidding issues, State Board of Education races, Flint enrollment down … more

Arrested Adolescence

It is an immature impulse to seek state force to achieve personal benefits. … more

Check the Label

Ideas and principles — not labels — should inform our political discourse. … more

Parent Power

One school district's success with choice can be a model for Michigan. … more

Breathe Easy

By every measure, our crisp Michigan autumn air is getting cleaner. … more

Woebegone Taxpayers

Garrison Keillor's film is a commercial hit. So why is his radio show subsidized? … more

Michigan Education Digest

Districts give faulty data, schools sue state, DPS recall possible. … more

Coercive Acts?

The Flint sit-down strike and Depression-era labor law hurt the auto industry. … more

Myth Conception

Opponents of school privatization propagate some strange ideas.  … more

Prop 5 Fallacy

Some hope that more spending will improve education. It hasn't so far. … more

Cable Ahead

Ending cable monopolies would help Michigan send a positive message. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS enrollment, Lakeview settles, competitive contracting in Oakland. … more

Arresting Development

An underdeveloped nation teaches the value of the rule of law. … more

Board Appeal

One can serve on a school board without having children in the system. … more

Tax Fix

Doing business in Michigan should be a less taxing proposition. … more

School in Focus

A small Michigan school district offers a unique educational setting. … more

Michigan Education Digest

GRPS against Prop 5, Saginaw merit pay, charters growing. … more

Growth Inhibitor?

Increased higher education spending can slow economic growth. … more

A Time To Share

"Shared time" allows public, private schools to share faculty, resources. … more

Wrong Prescription

Massachusetts-style insurance mandates could produce negative side effects. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS strike ends, St. Johns impasse, Michigan gets failing grade for college. … more

Energy Paper Chase

New paperwork mandates on utilities won't lower rates.  … more

Loathsome Leaders

In centrally planned governments, the worst rise to the top.  … more

Around the State

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

Wage Depreciation

For one young worker, a minimum wage increase led to no wages at all. … more

Customer Satisfaction

Competition and innovation in public schools benefit everyone involved. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS and EMU strikes, remedial education, voucher schools more diverse. … more

Proving Ground

Genuine public school reform has been tested — and validated — in Edmonton. … more

Outside the Strike Zone

Michigan law is clear: It is illegal for public sector employees to strike. … more

What's Going On?

A Motown classic is transformed into a big government tune. … more

A Student's Tribute

Justin W. Marshall remembers a great teacher, Dr. Dale Haywood. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Detroit schools open without teachers, MESSA changes, Prop 5 questioned. … more

Free Association

Workers should be free to seek union representation — or not. … more

Motown Jazz

Individual, not government, contributions keep the Detroit Jazz Festival alive. … more

And the Survey Says...

Michigan's public school districts are privatizing more than ever. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Detroit teachers strike, more schools miss AYP, MESSA changes in Marquette. … more

Budget Buster

Colorado's mandated education funding increases teach an expensive lesson. … more

Growth Factor

For incentives to spur economic growth, they must be available to all. … more

Taxes Do Matter

Politicians are off target when they grant tax relief to a favored few. … more

Fort Knox

Frank Knox's firm stand against the New Deal has been vindicated by history.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Felon flap in Jackson, competitive contract in Livingston, help for dropouts. … more

Unpopular Science?

The work of the Michigan Environmental Science Board is too often ignored. … more

Recovery Plan

Michigan could recoup millions of dollars in Medicaid revenue. Why doesn't it? … more

Red Relics

The Museum of Communism in Prague exhibits the remnants of a failed ideology.  … more

Saint Nicholas

A British stockbroker leveraged the power of good and saved 669 children. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Competitive contracting creates jobs, NCLB and minorities, contract incentives. … more


A Cuban-American film avoids Hollywood's strange love of communism. … more

"It Can Happen to You"

A state businesswoman explains how good property can be seized as "bad." … more

Regulation Rations

Russ Harding explains why the government should pay for what it eats.  … more

A Blighted History

Patrick J. Wright reviews the state of the law of eminent domain in Michigan. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Holland contract settled; privatization grows; study finds private beats public. … more

A Going Concern?

Will the city of Pontiac's financial autonomy soon be going, going, gone? … more

Poor Study Habits?

A study comparing public and private school performance is flawed. … more

A "Kelo" of Prevention

A Mackinac Center forum in Lansing explored how to restore property rights. … more

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