Features and Highlights

Michigan Ballot Proposal 4: Tobacco Money

Should voters amend the constitution to reallocate tobacco lawsuit proceeds? … more

Michigan Ballot Proposal 2: Sewer Bonds

Voters should ask questions before voting on $1 billion worth of sewer projects. … more

Making Health Care Healthy Again

Two market-based innovations reward consumers for choosing wisely. … more

If It Ain't Broke ...

Michigan Ballot Proposal 3 would needlessly mandate binding arbitration for 44,000 unionized state employees. … more

Banning Straight Party Votes

Michigan Ballot Proposal 1 asks voters if they approve of a law that would ban straight-ticket voting. … more

School Choice Down Under

New Zealand's progress leaves U. S. behind. … more

Alleviate the Organ Shortage with the Golden Rule

A voluntary, incentive-based organ donation program saves lives. … more

New Web Resource Helps Michigan Voters Evaluate Statewide Ballot Proposals

'Hot Topics' provides objective descriptions and pros and cons of policy issues in the news. … more

Michigan Ballot Proposal 3

Should Michigan's constitution mandate binding arbitration for 44,000 unionized state employees? … more

An Inside Look at the Government-School Mentality

A letter from a union president vividly captures what reformers are up against. … more

Michigan's November Ballot Proposals

Commentary on sewer bonding, straight-party voting, and mandatory binding arbitration for state employees. … more

Which Educational Achievement Test Is Best?

Comparing the MEAP to two private alternatives. … more

Staffing Services Industry Under Fire

The state's "Michigan Works" program threatens the existence of 500 Michigan companies. … more

Lawsuit Would Stop State "Rent-to-Own" Project

Such projects bypass accountability and cost taxpayers more. … more

Agency Says Michigan Teacher Quality Lagging

Federal law will require new teacher training and certification standards. … more

Fighting for Free Speech

How the Institute for Justice defends a think tank under attack by a labor union. … more

Supreme Court's Voucher Decision Was the Right One

Cleveland program helps school children and protects religious freedoms. … more

School Choice Can Save Money for Public Schools

It all depends on what the state does with the money it saves when a child chooses a non-public school. … more

Should Road Builders Warranty Their Work?

Road builders in ten states warranty their work. Why not Michigan? … more

Resolving Property Rights Disputes

Land exchanges help one Michigan city settle disputes with property owners it regulates. … more

Michigan Charter School MEAP Scores

Charter school students scored lower, but are improving faster, than those in regular public schools. … more

The Sinking Fund Gambit

Slick legislation to expand uses of "sinking funds" is an open door to higher school property taxes. … more

Regulation of Hospital Purchasing

Once this is regulated, hospitals will have no way to control costs other than reducing the level of care. … more

Poll: Unions Should Open Their Books

Nearly three-fourths of Michigan voters want union books open to scrutiny, just as corporate books are. … more

The Privatization Song

Now that songs are sung about public policy, we're near the tipping point.  … more

A Peer Review Without Peers

Should published research be pre-approved by other researchers, or should the market decide its worth? … more

Back to the Future?

Government's "car of tomorrow" relies on yesterday's failed policies. … more

Logging is Good for the Environment

It can help prevent catastrophic forest fires, like the ones now raging out west, as well as reduce housing prices. … more

Fourth Time's the Charm?

Builders broke ground Wednesday on a new, government-subsidized supermarket in Kalamazoo—near a site where three private supermarkets have failed before. … more

Politics and the Governor's Race

Are the candidates for governor adequately addressing the most pressing concerns of Michigan citizens? … more

If Marx Had Been Groucho

The world would be a much different place if the humor of Groucho Marx replaced the destructive ideas of Karl Marx. … more

Cigarettes, Taxes, and Terrorists

WNEM-TV5 asks a Mackinac Center economist about the link between cigarette smuggling in Michigan and Middle Eastern terrorism. … more

Charity and the Presidency

The president can do our nation a world of good if he understands the indispensable role of voluntary charity. … more

Concentrated Philosophies

What is the implied message and philosophy behind a bumper sticker that reads PEOPLE NOT PROFITS? … more

Digging the Big Ditch

A new book sheds light on the double-dealing, deception, and dollar diplomacy involved in the creation of the Panama Canal. … more

Can Southfield Afford a "Feel-Good" Wage Law?

The "living wage" ordinance is a prime example of how good intentions, linked with shallow thinking, can lead to terrible policy. … more

Guns, Cigarettes, and Cheeseburgers

A recent lawsuit against fast food restaurants is the kind of economically destructive litigation this classic Lawrence Reed Viewpoint warned about in 1999. … more

If You Build It, They Can't Leave

Remembering the tragedy of the Berlin Wall, which for 28 years prevented many thousands from escaping communist tyranny. … more

Federal Pork to Fight Obesity

A $200-million bill that's supposed to combat Americans' alleged obesity is meddlesome social engineering. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Stay current with the trends and stories that affect education in Michigan: Subscribe to the Mackinac Center's weekly Michigan Education Digest. … more

Taming the Tax Beast

Highly taxed Michigan should adopt a law requiring a supermajority of legislators to approve any tax hikes. … more

Ready for Right-to-Work

Michigan citizens support workers' right to not join or pay dues to a union in order to get or keep a job. … more

Enron, Worldcom, and... Amtrak?

While Congress thumps its collective chest over corporate malfeasance, it continues to perpetrate an even greater fraud on the American people: Amtrak. … more

The Trouble with Tax Favoritism

Staff economist Michael LaFaive criticizes the selective "corporate welfare" programs of state government. … more

The Muckrakers Reconsidered

"Capitalism has failed; more government regulation is needed!" Today's headlines could have been written 100 years ago... and were. … more

Candidates use MichiganVotes.org

Michigan political candidates are using the Mackinac Center's innovative legislative tracking web site to see how their opponents voted on key issues. … more

Warning: Cigarette Taxes Hazardous to Your Health

Politicians who advocate ever-higher taxes on cigarettes are not counting the costs of their efforts with as much care as they count their tax revenue. … more

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