Features and Highlights

Gov. Snyder Announces Right-to-Work Bills

Worker freedom on the horizon for Michigan. … more

All Five Constitutional Amendments Defeated

Emergency manager law repealed. … more

Prop 5: Lower Taxes, More Growth

Tax limitation would still allow for reform. … more

MPA and Mackinac Joint Statement on FOIA, Prop 2

Prop 2 dangerous to citizens' "right to know" … more

Proposal 1: Not About Local Control

"Local control is always at risk when cities go bankrupt." … more

View an easy-to-follow grid of the all the ballot proposals … more

Merit Pay: 80 Percent of Public Schools Shirk Law

Most union contracts refuse to reward good teaching … more

Proposal 4: Forced Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers

‘Dubious arrangement for the sole purpose of allowing the SEIU to pad its political coffers’ … more

Study: Prop 2 Would Shield Unions, Cost the Public

Center analysts estimate at least $1.6 billion in taxpayer savings lost annually  … more

Prop 3 Could Cost 10,540 Michigan Jobs, Says Study

Study considers investment and costs of the ‘25 x 25’ proposal; effect of current 10 percent standard also estimated … more

Roscommon Teachers Decertify From the MEA

Local union will continue to negotiate with district. … more

State Supreme Court Approves POJA

Voters face tough decision on radical union proposal. … more

Justices Wrongly Pressured on Union Proposal

Court of Appeals approves 'Protect Our Jobs'; backers try to bully Supreme Court justices ahead of final decision. … more

School Privatization Survey 2012

61 percent of districts now contract out for one of three main support services. … more

Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card Released!

New study provides a measure of schools' student test scores adjusted for student poverty levels. … more

Signatures Submitted in Home Health Scheme

Ballot initiative seeks to continue dues skim. … more

'Protect Our Jobs' Backers Submit Signatures

Union ballot initiative benefits the 3 percent. … more

Interlocal Agreements Database

Search our collection of nearly 1,000 agreements between local governments … more

AG Opinion Ends SEIU Dues Skim

Union has taken $30 million from Medicaid funds. … more

Study: Alcohol Regulations Don't Improve Public Health and Safety

State restrictions raise consumer prices, reduce availability. … more

Center Announces Two New Board Members

Taylor, Huizenga "two accomplished leaders." … more

Inspire Your Desktop!

New graphics for iPhone, iPad and Pinterest! … more

Gov. Snyder Signs Law Ending Stealth Unionization

Home health care providers freed from SEIU dues skim. … more

Exclusive Mackinac Video as Featured on Breitbart

Breitbart's "Michigan Senate Republicans Allow SEIU To Bully Home Caregivers," based on Mackinac coverage of home health aides in Michigan.  … more

State of the State: Government to Expand?

Our count of Gov. Snyder's proposals shows five expansions and one limitation. Will that be the whole story?  … more

Congress Mandates the Impossible

Gas prices spike as fines are passed on to consumers. … more

State of the State Tally Planned Tonight

Center experts available for comment after governor's speech. … more

Bad for Business

Governor's veto sends wrong message. … more

Attorney General Entry Into U-M Grad Student Unionization Case

AG’s participation highlights ‘critical importance’ of upholding law and protecting rights of research assistants.  … more

HELP WANTED: Executive VP, Attorney

We're expanding our team! … more

Defunded State Agency Still Operating

The MQC3 continues to collect millions in "public employee" union dues from private workers. … more

MERC Rejects U of M Grad Student Unionization Attempt

As the Mackinac Center requested, MERC rules that student researchers are not public employees.  … more

U.S. 'Worse Than Greece'

David Littmann says the debt compromise just made things worse for the economy. Click for audio… more

Eye of the Beholder

Government has no place funding art. … more

Day Care Unionization Scheme Ends; More Reform Necessary

State Supreme Court declares issue "moot," but home health care workers still affected. … more

Preying Upon the Most Vulnerable

"Union dues" skimmed from Medicaid checks for disabled individuals' aides. … more

E for Effort?

Despite recent reforms, schools still ignore teacher effectiveness when setting pay. … more

Just the Facts

Facts and figures on Michigan's public-sector employees. … more

State Supreme Court Fails to Fix Disastrous FOIA Ruling

The Legislature should act swiftly to restore the intent behind Michigan’s public disclosure law, Center attorney says. … more

Taxpayers No Longer Prevailed Upon

Repeal of prevailing wage law will save money on state construction projects. … more

New Online Database of High School ‘Context and Performance’

Data for 678 schools range from ACT and MME scores to percentage of students qualifying for school lunch subsidies. … more

Are Unions an End in Themselves?

New rules make it harder for businesses to respond to both employee concerns and unionization efforts. … more

300 Sheets to the Wind

Archaic and convoluted distribution laws hurt local craft brewers… more

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