Features and Highlights

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

News Release: Overturn Ruling That 'Guts' FOIA

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

What Michigan Gets Right

State laws that work.  … 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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And Cut!

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

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

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

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