Features and Highlights

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

Gaming the System

Federal subsidies for video games? … more

Veteran Lansing Reporter Joins Capitol Confidential

"Highly regarded" MIRS reporter and analyst, Jack Spencer, will cover Capitol beat. … more

Center Study Compares School District Finances by Locale

New report breaks down revenues and operational spending for Michigan's urban, suburban, town and rural districts. … more

Beyond the Classroom

A Michigan school district pioneers a virtual learning software. … more

Center Files Brief in Pivotal Wetland Case

Proof of criminal intent should remain necessary in prosecutions for most crimes. … more

Center, MPA File in Key FOIA Case

School district’s FOIA denial on illegal strikes suggests court ruling may hide improper activities. … more

Tax Takes Toll on Michigan

Find out what's wrong with the Michigan business tax.

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Victory for Home-Based Day Care Providers

No more illegal "union dues" to be taken from checks to day care owners. … more

Center Budget Testimony

Michael LaFaive and Ken Braun testify before Michigan legislators on Feb. 9. … more

Mackinac Center App

Download our free app to get the latest articles, videos and photos from the Mackinac Center. … more

News Release: 2011 State of the State Tally

Gov. Snyder's first SOS included nine expansions and three limitations of government. … more

The EPA's War on Energy

Environmental attorney Peter Glaser discusses the EPA's assault on fossil fuels. … more

In the Trenches

Gary Wolfram refutes a study claiming Michigan public employees are being paid less than their private-sector counterparts. … more

School Myth Video #3

Read more about this and other myths. … more

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

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