Features and Highlights

Sick Numbers

A new MEA study on health care costs gives an incomplete picture.  … more

News Release: Study: Repeal Government Employee Labor Law

A new study from Paul Kersey, Mackinac Center labor policy director, calls for an end to the Michigan Public Employee Relations Act, which he says gives union officials an “effective veto” over local elected officials. … more

Green Jobs, Red Balance Sheets

The push for green jobs will be harmful to Michigan's economy.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health care, charter growth, picket. … more

Doth Protest Too Little?

Resources for student activists championing liberty.  … more

Train Wreck

Proposals to spend billions on high-speed rail are bad for Michigan.  … more

News Release: MEDC Should Be Eliminated, Study Recommends

The Michigan Economic Development Corp., the state's chief "jobs" department, is ineffective and nontransparent, according to a new Mackinac Center Study.  … more

News Release: NRDC Plan Would Cost Jobs

Mackinac Center environmental analysts said today that policy recommendations by the NRDC would harm Michigan’s economy by relying too much on alternative energy.  … more

Third Place

Getting rid of third-party payment to reform health care.  … more

A Taste of Victory

Ingredients that make for successful school reform.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

MEA criticized, Algebra II, merit pay. … more

Ride 'Em Cowboy

Unions shouldn't treat workers like rodeo animals.  … more

News Release: More Districts Post Checkbooks

Three more school districts, Carman-Ainsworth, Battle Creek Lakeview and Birch Run, have embraced transparency and posted their checkbooks online.  … more

Oh, Canada

Michigan lawmakers play politics with trash.  … more

Rose D. Friedman, RIP

Her lasting legacy to freedom and liberty.  … more

Ballot Unmeasure

New ballot proposals do more harm to Michigan's business image.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Parents sue, bonus pay, jail threat. … more

Lighten Up

A very different approach to the smoking ban debate. … more

News Release: Film Incentive Possible Job Killer

Despite a State Capitol rally today, the true impact of the Michigan Film Incentive would most likely show it to be a job killer, were the actual costs properly analyzed.  … more

School Daze

Quality teachers, not longer school years, will benefit students.  … more

News Release: Center Posts Union Contracts

The Mackinac Center today updated its ‘Michigan School Databases’ with hundreds of new collective bargaining agreements from public schools statewide.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

College-ready, November votes, stimulus flexibility. … more

Summer Reading List

Mackinac Center offerings provide summer and year-round reading enjoyment.  … more

Follow the Leader?

Michigan should not follow Massachusetts' example for health care.  … more

Advice … Or Vice?

Michigan government wants to help you do EVERYTHING.  … more

Quality Control

The arbitrary charter school cap harms students.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health plan, charter cap, building loans. … more

Sunrise, Sunset

Michigan's economic development programs are not transparent enough.  … more

Private Funds

The Refuge looks at how property rights increase prosperity.  … more

Songs of Freedom

Students travel to Motown to learn about free markets. … more

Presidential Pardon

A state legislator gets kudos for apologizing.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Saugatuck millage, lunch money, master's pay. … more

News Release: Report: MEGA/MEDC Less Transparent

Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive examines in a 20-page policy brief how MEGA and the MEDC have grown less transparent about their efforts to create and retain jobs.  … more

Tear Down This Wall

DPS should not be walled off from the expectations of other schools.  … more

Pool Party

Pooling school and other public employees for health insurance worth debate.  … more

Bad Idea Doused

State panel votes against mandatory fire sprinklers. … more


Recombining the DEQ and DNR would not help Michigan.  … more

News Release: Township, Schools Embrace Transparency

A small township and two school districts have posted their checkbooks online, but transparency is still lacking in some parts of Michigan.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health pool, Detroit charters, family hires. … more

Welcome Aboard

The Mackinac Center names new director of education policy. … more

Driven to Tears

Unemployment and moving company data prove Michigan must change. … more

News Release: Michigan Considers Mandatory Fire Sprinklers

The Michigan Building Code Review Committee will consider making fire sprinklers mandatory in new homes, which could impact affordable housing for low-income families. … more

News Release: Latest Figures Demonstrate MEDC Failure

Michigan leads the nation in unemployment, as well as outbound moves for United Van Lines, showing that the Michigan Economic Development Corp. should be eliminated. … more

Bargaining Power

School boards should keep in mind the true nature of teachers unions. … more

Art Attack

The Detroit City Council should focus on more pressing issues than art. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Stimulus decisions, state funding, DPS turnaround. … more

Saving Money Is Dangerous?

What the MEA claims about school privatization.  … more

Big and Bad

The scope and reach of the federal government is too large.  … more

Healthy Debate

HSAs are a good alternative to nationalized health care.  … more

Secret Service

A Center forum on transparency.  … more

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