Features and Highlights

Chart Toppers

The 25 most popular Current Comments of 2008 … more

Michigan Education Digest

Strike talk, school closings, Muskegon merit pay. … more

Blowing Smoke

Smoking bans are a form of property rights abuse. … more

Bark, but No Bite

Putting some teeth in the teacher strike laws. … more

Point of Departure

New Census Bureau data shows Michiganders are headed elsewhere. … more

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

What legislators say and how they vote don't always mesh. … more

Transparency 101

Explaining the role of government transparency in a free society. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Calloway out, administrator pay, fingerprint debate. … more

Goose, but No Gander

Gov. Granholm's inconsistency on whose money should bail out auto industry. … more

Humble Words

Lawrence Reed's commencement address at Northwood. … more

Regulation is Job 1

Fewer regulations, not bailout money, will save the Big Three. … more

Recalled E-mail

Court battle continues over union e-mail. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS money manager, windmill study, e-mail release. … more

Not Your Father's Ford

How would bureaucrats react to a modern-day Henry Ford? … more

News Release: More School Districts Post Spending

School districts in Oakland, Midland and Houghton counties have agreed to post their checkbook registers online in response to a Mackinac Center request as part of it’s “Show Michigan the Money” transparency project. … more

Higher Ed, Higher Costs

College costs can be controlled. … more

Thanks for the Memories

A tribute to President Emeritus Lawrence W. Reed. … more

Depressing Parallels

Lawrence Reed discusses the Great Depression and today's economy. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Proration, freeze-for-MESSA, NCLB lawsuit. … more

Renaissance Center

If targeted tax relief is good, statewide tax relief is better. … more

News Release: Cigarette Taxes Can Cause Smuggling Problems

A new Mackinac Center study suggests that high state cigarette taxes can impose significant social costs in smuggling and ancillary crime. … more

Testing, Testing

Schools are using a variety of ways to measure immediate student achievement. … more

High Rent District

Targeted tax breaks do not help create jobs. … more

Fearless Forecasters

Predictions about Michigan's economy have been less than successful. … more

Jobs Bank

The UAW must make concessions to help save jobs. … more

Car Facts

Fundamental changes could help the Big Three avoid bailouts and bankruptcy. … more

Inspire, Don't Expire

Lawrence W. Reed's comments from our 20th anniversary gala. … more

Lashing Out

The MEA advances its agenda with school board recalls. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Teachers want charter, leaving MESSA, algebra II success. … more

Decisions, Decisions

Workers who want true freedom must take a stand on EFCA. … more

Michigan Privatization Digest

Pontiac seeks asset options, Iosco County explores inspection contracting, Union files lawsuit to prevent Detroit incinerator deal. … more

20-20 Vision

The Mackinac Center celebrates 20 years and looks ahead. … more

Science Substance Over Style

Remembering Michael Crichton's career. … more

Not Easy Being Green

The push for green jobs ignores economic realities. … more

Notable Quotables

Kind words in honor of the Mackinac Center's 20th anniversary. … more

In Memory of John Riecker

The Center mourns the passing of a valued leader. … more

News Release: PEG Fees Unnecessary

A new study shows the proposed legislation to allow municipalities to increase PEG fees is not supported by demand and could increase cable bills. … more

Red and Blue Make Purple

People must fight back against the battering, bruising political class. … more

Recall Redux

The battle over recall petitions led to greater rights for Michigan voters. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Teachers sick, DPS finances, security cameras. … more

A Matter of Trust

New accountability rules for union trusts should be kept in place. … more

Revolutionary Cure

A prescription to fix what ails Michigan. … more

Assessing Assessments

If home values are falling, should taxes, too? … more

Michigan Education Digest

GR pay proposal, Pontiac cash flow, school funding. … more

Washed Up

MEGA incentives fail to help Whirlpool save jobs. … more

Silence is Deafening

What message do nonvoters send? … more

Funeral for a Friend

DEQ decisions are job killers. … more

Roger That

Pilot program for teacher merit pay gains support. … more

Bound Over

Proposed legislation would change how counties bargain with jail guards.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Dropout summit, union e-mail, school-closing group, merit pay pilot. … more

Visit Early and Often

Voters can learn useful information before election day at MichiganVotes.org. … more

Class Envy?

Good policy, not creating coolness, strengthens cities. … more

Just Rewards

Merit pay for teachers can improve public schools. … more

"Be Not Afraid"

Remembering Pope John Paul II in the fight against communism. … more

Great Depression Myths Revisited

Phase IV: The Wagner Act. … more

Michigan Education Digest

New charter request, bus inspections, school-closing committee. … more

Sympathy Card

Michigan's economy won't get well soon with targeted business incentives. … more

Great Depression Myths Revisited

Phase III: The New Deal. … more

The “Scene” and the Unseen

Michigan's film tax credits aren't free money. … more

Great Depression Myths Revisited

Phase II: Disintegration of the World Economy. … more

Nebraska Works!

Shouldn't state-run jobs programs focus on Michigan jobs? … more

Great Depression Myths Revisited

Phase I: The Business Cycle. … more

It Merits Discussion

Discussing merit pay for teachers. … more

Great Depression Myths Revisited

Introduction: An overview of myths and mistakes. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Wayne-Westland strike, DPS layoffs, one-room schools. … more

Who's to Blame?

MichiganScience looks at the political battle over a flawed government report. … more

Earth Tones

How worldviews shape public policy. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS enrollment, car giveaway, teacher charged. … more

A Look Back

Lawrence Reed talks about the history of government bail outs. … more

Backhanded Compliment

The government will only create more problems by trying to solve the bank crisis. … more

Crystal Ball

The predictable failure of Michigan's economic development programs. … more

Sinking Feeling

The private sector continually is forced to bail out the government. … more

News Release: Court Verdicts Show Flaws in Wetland Law

Guilty verdicts in a case involving a "wetland" on the property of Sparta's Hart Enterprises highlight a state law in urgent need of reform. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS finances, Grand Rapids stalemate, MESSA. … more

Making Plans

A new book details the harm caused by central planning. … more

Cool Cities

How right-to-work protections would help cities. … more

Moving Day

Michigan's exodus continues amidst high taxes and bad policy. … more

Lean and Green

Lean thinking can help public schools save money. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS loses funds, Pinckney contract trouble, MESSA. … more

Special Education Left Behind?

Special education teachers are having trouble meeting NCLB requirements. … more

Tax Credits vs. Vouchers

An explanation of the differences between two school choice plans. … more

Business Model

Happy Birthday Model T. … more

Hot Topic

The high cost of climate alarmism. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Muskegon contract talks, bus ads, truancy. … more

Judgment Call

A court decision exposes the shortcomings of union governance. … more

Michigan Privatization Digest

Rackham golf course, Detroit incinerator privatization, Silverdome to be sold. … more

Read Any Good Books Lately?

Private ownership of historical items has a long and successful history. … more

Can Detroit Come Back?

A look at what it will take to save the city. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Wayne-Westland job action, Madison pay freeze, NCLB. … more

Drill Here, Drill Now?

Russ Harding discusses Great Lakes drilling. … more

News Release: Center Analyst Hails PAC Ruling

A recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling prohibits government from deducting PAC money from employee pay checks. … more

Day Labor

A new Center study shows less than half of union dues are spent on representation. … more

Jailhouse Crock?

A Macomb County couple is jailed over property rights. … more

For a FEE

Lawrence Reed describes a free-market leader. … more

News Release: Union Financial Reports Reveal Waste

An examination of the financial reports of Michigan’s largest unions reveal that less than half of the compulsory dues workers are forced to pay as a condition of employment are actually spent on collective bargaining. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Grand Rapids strike possible, graduation rate, NCLB. … more

Ballot Defeat

Why a partisan ballot initiative was rejected by the courts. … more

Power to the People

Michigan lawmakers are taking the wrong approach on energy policies. … more

Eight is Enough

RMGN is out. Here are eight ballot measures that should be considered. … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS scholarships, Brighton budget, teacher quality. … more

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