Features and Highlights

Reagan vs. PATCO

Twenty-five years ago today, air traffic controllers were brought down to earth.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

No contract in Detroit, public speech rules in GRPS, new charter in Ypsi. … more

Takings Abuse

The Supreme Court's Kelo ruling energized efforts to protect property.  … more

Emissions Creep

The Supreme Court should deny efforts to regulate carbon dioxide. … more

For the Children?

Politics and social issues permeate the NEA and AFT's annual meetings. … more

Out of the Woods?

Russ Harding assesses the future of Michigan's state parks. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Ironwood insurance, high school MEAP scores down, districts save. … more


The Stop Overspending plan would require the state to live within its means.  … more

Run Dry

Public competition with private enterprise ends up damaging both. … more

Gas Gauge

Comparatively, gas prices may not be as bad as they seem.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Battle Creek cuts energy costs, NEA spending, Ferris State MESSA problems … more

Rudder Contempt

If politicians lack core principles, how can they steer the ship of state?  … more

Water Quality

Despite alarmists' claims, the Great Lakes are in pretty good health. … more

Bad Medicine?

"Romney Care" is likely to create more insurance ailments than remedies.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

State spending increases, MEA employee pleads guilty, TC election change. … more

Migratory Patterns

Growing numbers of Michiganians are seeking opportunity elsewhere. … more

Double Bogey

Government golf competes with private courses and detracts from core duties. … more

An Army of One

A former public school teacher offers Lansing students school choice. … more

Regulatory End Run

Regulatory agencies' "guidance directives" harm Michigan's economy. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Felons in schools, Black River construction, DPS misspending. … more

Lessons from Bangalore

A depressed city — like Detroit — found growth in tax cuts and deregulation. … more

No Trivial Pursuit

The pursuit of happiness is unalienable. State efforts to secure happiness are not. … more

Government Neutrality?

The Internet is relatively unregulated. Will Congress violate net neutrality? … more

Michigan Education Digest

Muskegon picks jobs over MESSA, incentive pay, Detroit pay and graduation. … more

Non-Union Card

Religious objections led teacher Chris Card to resign his MEA membership. … more

Money for Nothing?

Michigan has doubled education spending since 1970. Where are the results? … more

Family Court

Justice Maura Corrigan addresses the impact of family litigation. … more

A Convenient Deception?

"An Inconvenient Truth" emits global warming hype, not science. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Robotics winners, MESSA changes, MEA opposes Granholm on parent notification. … more

Split Decision

A divided Supreme Court failed to navigate a federal wetlands solution. … more

Free Rein

For too long, state bureaucracies have operated without accountability. … more

Regulation Proliferation

Jack McHugh examines more initiative-killing government regulations. … more

Suffocation by Regulation

Michigan's economic growth is smothering under a blanket of regulations. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Higher per-pupil state funding, family of valedictorians, election questions. … more

Technical Improvements

Technology should be used to make our public schools more efficient. … more

Lighten the Load

Job creation will suffer until Michigan's tax and regulatory burdens are eased.  … more

A Total Disconnect

MEA staff earn significantly more than the teachers they represent. … more

Strategic Choices

Not every school choice option necessarily advances the cause. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Charter school growth, college enrollment numbers, NAEP science scores. … more

The Father of Economics

Adam Smith showed the world that prosperity results from free enterprise. … more

Genuine Relief

A truly caring government would stay out of the disaster relief business. … more

Field of Dreams

Some people have a vision for restoring Tiger Stadium. Will the city play ball? … more

Pondering Lives and Liberty

U.S. servicemen pay the ultimate price for more than just security. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Bee on TV, Godwin Heights hires non-union teacher, Gull Lake contract talks. … more

Multiple Choice

Parents are taking advantage of growing educational options for their kids.  … more

Character Matters

Lawrence W. Reed illustrates the link between liberty and personal character. … more

MEGA Hurts

MEGA's favored business tax credits are unconstitutional, costly and ineffective. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Holland budget projection error, DPS retreats, year-round calendar. … more

Sinking Feeling

A bill to expand public school sinking funds doesn’t hold water.  … more

Secret Ballot?

Why do school board elections take place when no one is paying attention? … more

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