Features and Highlights

Will Michigan Have Its First Unionized Parochial School?

The state's largest school employee union has a $10 million deficit, and it wants more mandatory dues payers. … more

Headlee Amendment Has Limited Taxes for 25 Years

Michigan could do even better by following the example of Colorado's 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights.' … more

State Should Remain Neutral in Labor Dispute

Governor Granholm should not intervene in the Northern Michigan Hospital strike without compelling proof of harm to the public. … more

A New Baseball Statistic, Revisited

The Detroit Tigers' record so far of 28 wins and 77 losses could push the 'subsidies to victories' ratio to new heights. … more

'Draculand' Wants Your Blood and Your Money

Romanian central planners could learn a lesson from failed government entertainment projects in Michigan. … more

Giving Laptops to Sixth-Graders Won't Improve Their Education

The Legislature's $39 million plan will almost certainly be a colossal waste. … more

Repeal the Michigan Control Shares Acquisition Act

A takeover attempt of Taubman Centers, Inc. has inspired legislation to make a bad law worse. Should there be any anti-takeover laws? … more

We're All Licensees Now

State licensure for a host of common occupations may be one step closer. … more

Stronger Incentives for Organ Donation Save Lives

Recent news stories highlight a new approach to organ donations. … more

Michigan's High Teacher Salaries and Student Performance

It will take more than money to improve student achievement and reward good teachers. … more

Character for a Free Society

The life of Joseph P. Overton exemplified the virtues necessary for a free society to flourish. … more

Budget Cut in Jobs Bureaucracy Is a Step in the Right Direction

Governor Granholm and the Legislature should finish the job and eliminate the Michigan Department of Economic Development. … more

MEA Tells Teachers to Quit Reading Mackinac Center Journal

MEA officials apparently don't want teachers to read literature that isn't filtered through the union. … more

Michigan's Un-Dead Death Tax

Bill aims to fill state coffers by resurrecting one of the most hated taxes of all. … more

Privatization: Fashionable and Sensible

Socialists once argued that the whole economy should be converted to function like one big Post Office. No one argues that anymore. … more

Boeing Bidding War Is Unprincipled

Mackinac Center Adjunct Scholar Paul DeLespinasse explains that tax law should be applied equally. … more

Americans Work Until Today to Pay for Government

Until today, the earnings of working Americans this year have gone to support their government at all levels. … more

Lessons from the First Airplane

The Wright brothers invented their successful plane a century ago, beating out government-subsidized competition. … more

Teamsters May Lose Petoskey Hospital Strike

Missteps could lead to the union's removal. … more

Does the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Even Matter?

The more a state spends on 'economic development,' the greater its economic output -- right? … more

Joseph P. Overton Funeral Today

The Mackinac Center is closed on Monday, July 7. … more

The True Meaning of Patriotism

Celebrate Independence Day as it was meant to be celebrated -- with passion and verve. … more

Mackinac Center Mourns Loss of Leader

Obituary, funeral details, and tributes to Joseph P. Overton. Updated frequently. … more

Independent Ideas Are Needed to Save Money

Government agencies aren't always forthcoming with ways to trim their own budgets. … more

Independent Ideas Are Needed to Save Money

Government agencies aren't always forthcoming with ways to trim their own budgets. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Affirmative action; shorter school days; voucher results; public school competition; and more. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Affirmative action; shorter school days; voucher results; public school competition; and more. … more

Legislation May Result in Less Low-Income Housing

Should tax policy favor non-profits in competition with for-profit builders? … more

Prescription Drug Ads: Problem or Solution?

Michiganians might be healthier, wealthier, and wiser with more -- not less -- drug advertising. … more

Stores and Shoppers Under Attack

Quick! What's easy to hate, but also wildly popular? … more

Michigan Education Digest

Bush praises states' education reform; four-day school week; school choice and urban renewal; and more. … more

We Can Stop the Spam

An alternative to government regulation of spam. … more

Federal Subsidy for Private Car Ferry Service

If someone robbed Fort Knox and spent his loot in Muskegon, would that be 'economic development?' … more

The Organ Donation Crisis

A columnist changes his mind on financial incentives for organ donations (.pdf document). … more

100 Years after Ford's Better Idea

The story of Henry Ford's car company is a tribute to Michigan's embrace of free enterprise. … more

School Unions Delay Education Reforms

A Hoover Institution scholar writes for the Detroit News 20 years after 'A Nation at Risk.' … more

The Committee on Cool

What could possibly be less cool than both government and a committee? A government 'committee on cool.' … more

Stealth School Elections Today?

Did you know that school elections are being held across the state today? … more

Letter to an Artist Friend

President Lawrence Reed makes the case for private support for the arts. … more

Contract Out School Services Before Laying Off Teachers

Privatizing bus, cafeteria, and custodial services can save teachers' jobs. … more

Protecting Marine Resources

The Mackinac Center will help Michigan high school students debate government's role in marine resource conservation. … more

The Driving-Point Tax: A River of Money Could Corrupt Cops, Courts

Lawmakers want to impose a new tax on the points you receive on your driving record. … more

History Shows Markets, Not Politicians, Should Set Gas Prices

New legislation to impose price controls on gas in Michigan would hurt far more than it would help. … more

The Mackinac Center will use Economic Model to Analyze Michigan Tax Proposals

The Mackinac Center can now estimate how new tax proposals will affect Michigan's economy … more

Mackinac Center says Supreme Court FMLA Ruling Opens Dangerous Policy Door

Robert Hunter tells why the federal government shouldn't take charge of states' personnel policies. … more

Should Government Hand Out Economic Favors? One Perspective on the MEDC

Michael LaFaive explains to a businessman why government favors to business are a bad idea … more

Whose Mailbox Is It Anyway?

A citizen discovers who really owns his mailbox. … more

Government Should Neither Favor nor Oppose Labor Unions

Paul Kersey's speech to members of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. … more

Michiganians Need a Federal Tax Cut

Jack McHugh testifies before the legislature. … more

Corporate Welfare in Telecom Harms Consumers

Consumers ultimately lose when government forces one company to subsidize another. … more

Winners Never Quit; Quitters Never Win

Lawrence Reed's capstone address to the 2002 State Policy Network annual meeting.  … more

Winners Never Quit; Quitters Never Win

Lawrence Reed's capstone address to the 2002 State Policy Network annual meeting.  … more

Government Subsidy Machine

Discriminatory tax breaks may be smart politics, but they're not smart economics. … more

Is It Illegal to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

Campaign finance regulation places unprecedented restrictions on political speech. … more

Should Government Deny Workers a Choice in Comp-Time?

It should be legal for a worker to accept paid time off instead of overtime pay if an employer offers it. … more

Privatize Detroit Public Housing for Safety of Residents

Problems uncovered in an audit of the Detroit Housing Commission may cost the city $46 million. … more

Education in Disorder

A Wall Street Journal columnist says Americans are nearly unanimous; public schools are 'awful.' … more

State Debates Value of Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Michigan's department of corporate welfare is forced to make a case for its existence. … more

DNR Should Sell Land to Pay Its Taxes

With the agency unable to pay its property taxes, the time has never been better to sell some of its land. … more

DNR Should Sell Land to Pay Its Taxes

With the agency unable to pay its property taxes, the time has never been better to sell some of its land. … more

DNR Should Sell Land to Pay Its Taxes

With the agency unable to pay its property taxes, the time has never been better to sell some of its land. … more

Eagle Sightings Signal Improved Michigan Water Quality

From "endangered," to "threatened," to now recovered, the bald eagle nonetheless remains under federal protection. … more

How the State Should Encourage Economic Development

Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive's remarks to legislators. … more

How the State Should Encourage Economic Development

Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive's remarks to legislators. … more

Arkansas and Ohio Should Emulate Michigan's Proposal 'A'

Tax reform could lower property assessments and make school funding more fair. … more

Is There a Best Way to Teach Reading?

One author thinks there is, but wants parents to have a choice. … more

A Nation Still at Risk

Twenty years ago a national commission recognized the urgent need to improve public education. … more

Property Rights, Condemnation, and Special Interests

Imagine the government kicking you out of your property to give it to someone whom it prefers. … more

State Think Tanks Are 'Major Players'

The Mackinac Center is one of 42 institutes that is changing the face of state politics. … more

Six Ways We'll Know We've Won

Should friends of freedom and free markets be encouraged, or distraught? … more

Success Creates Its Own Problems

"Philanthropy" magazine reports the genesis of the Mackinac Center's Leadership Conference. … more

First Hundred Days of 92nd Legislature Documented for the Public

MichiganVotes.org helps citizens make sense of hundreds of bills, amendments, votes, and new laws. … more

First Hundred Days of 92nd Legislature Documented for the Public

MichiganVotes.org helps citizens make sense of hundreds of bills, amendments, votes, and new laws. … more

Freedom or Free-for-All?

Millions of Americans believe that as long as the cause is 'good,' it’s a duty of government. … more

The Poverty of the United Nations

Apart from the Iraq conflict, there are other reasons to be concerned about the United Nations … more

Regulatory Power Threatens Rights of Beachfront Property Owners

Should it be illegal to rake sand on your beach? … more

Health-Care Costs Affect Auto Insurance

The cost of government mandates crops up in unexpected places. … more

No Silver Bullet for Michigan's Economy

Defunding the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a good idea, but lawmakers should do much more.  … more

Will Northwest Airlines Survive?

The company's management and its unions must work together. … more

Don’t Stifle Telecom Competition

The Legislature is considering measures that would make Michigan’s telecom market less competitive.  … more

Feds Endanger Michigan Ferry Business

Wisconsin investors want the federal government to help them compete against an unsubsidized Michigan business. … more

A Way to Ease the Pain of Budget Cuts

Repealing the state's 'prevailing wage law' would save $400 million per year. … more

Trendy Teacher Training In Michigan

What does it say about Michigan's teacher training that future teachers get academic credit for attending war rallies?  … more

Squelching Debate

A Wall Street Journal columnist writes "the prize for intimidation has to go to the Michigan Education Association." … more

Road Patrol Idea Could Save State $65 Million

Why pay costly state troopers to write tickets when sheriffs' deputies can do the job for less? … more

The Declaration, the Constitution, and the Brilliance of the Founders

Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed's Constitution Day address in Trenton, Michigan. … more

Paycheck Protection: A Matter of Fairness

Idaho is the latest state to help unionized workers gain more control of their paychecks. … more

The Upper Peninsula's British Connection

Three Michigan towns bear the names of two illustrious British subjects. … more

Private Physical Fitness Program Illustrates Civil Society

GM and the UAW didn't wait for a government program to increase workers' health and productivity. … more

The Case for Wal-Mart

Does this retail giant trick customers into thinking they really do want low prices? … more

Should Workers Know What It Costs to Employ Them?

What if every pay stub in America detailed the government-imposed cost of keeping a worker on the payroll? … more

MEA May Raise Teacher Dues by Maximum Amount

the union is trying to erase $10.7 million in red ink by laying off staff, cutting training, and making teachers pay more. … more

The Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt

The 70th anniversary of FDR's inauguration as our 32nd president is a good time to review one researcher's conclusions. … more

How to Fix the Organ Donation Crisis

Innovative idea would ease the organ shortage and benefit donors' heirs. … more

Attack on SUVs Is Unwarranted

A valid risk assessment must weigh the safety benefits of SUVs … more

Governor Granholm: Profile in Budget Courage

Jennifer Granholm could become the model for the 21st-century Democrat. … more

Mackinac Center Study Will Help Lawmakers Close $1.7 Billion Budget Deficit

More than 200 recommendations for balancing the budget and strengthening civil society.  … more

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