Features and Highlights

Michigan Education Digest

Science kits a hit, AZ tax credits, new teacher plan … more

News Release: GDP Drop Exposes MEDC Failures

Michigan has had negative GDP growth since the inception of the MEDC while millions of tax dollars have been given to companies as tax credits and cash subsidies.  … more

Spending Habits

A graduated income tax is not the answer for Michigan's budget.  … more

News Release: Top Schools Post Checkbooks

Three top-performing Michigan school districts have posted their checkbook registers online as part of the Mackinac Center’s Transparency Project. … more

Michigan Privatization Digest

Pontiac budget, privatization, Manistee trash … more

Seeing is Believing

A look at government transparency efforts in the U.S. and Canada.  … more

Ask and They Shall Receive

Ken Braun tells lawmakers how they can fix their budget mistakes.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Stimulus spat, New U Prep, Pontiac lawsuit … more

Revenue Neutral

Municipal finance expert Robert Daddow discusses Michigan tax revenues. … more

Tool Time

What Tea Party activists need to continue their momentum. … more

Trading Places

Michigan's exports remain strong. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Student protest, PAC deductions, private busing. … more

News Release: Daddow: 2020 Before Property Tax Base Returns

In a video interview, Mackinac Center Adjunct Scholar and Oakland County Deputy Executive Robert Daddow predicts "a decade problem" for Michigan governments and recommends they "do business differently."  … more

Perk Test

The Michigan Senate fails to address state employee benefits. … more

David and Goliath

David Littmann discusses Michigan's fiscal failures. … more

Gut Check

Do Michigan legislators have the political will to cut spending? … more

Fearless Forecaster

David Littmann's take on the future of the auto industry. … more

News Release: Bill Curbs Regulatory Regime

New legislation would make legislators more accountable and limit regulatory agencies’ power, which Russ Harding called for in 2005.  … more

News Release: Labor Law for Charters

The Mackinac Center today released “Leveling the Playing Field,” a guide to labor law and how it applies to charter public schools. … more

Strong Words

The Mackinac Center provides a steady voice in uncertain times. … more

Can I Ask You a Question?

Questions Tea Party activists should ask political candidates. … more

News Release: Mich. Unemployment Could Rise

Mackinac Center Senior Economist David L. Littmann predicts in a video interview that Michigan could see 20 percent unemployment as a result of the auto crisis. … more

Tea Minus 10 Minutes

An easy guide to becoming a Tea Party activist. … more

Attitude Adjustment

Seven things that Tea Party activists get right. … more

Paper Cut

Cutting Michigan's budget 1 percent accomplishes nothing. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Michigan Education Digest: School Reform, Swine Flu, Teacher Strikes. … more

Undefined Benefit

The Michigan school employees' retirement fund is losing money. … more

News Release: More Schools Embrace Transparency

More schools across Michigan, including the second and fifth largest districts, have responded to the Center’s call to post their checkbook registers online.  … more

Drawn to Liberty

A collection of Henry Payne's editorial cartoons for the Mackinac Center. … more

Straight Talk

Center analysts discuss what Michigan must do to survive. … more


A flawed report about Michigan film subsidies should be redone. … more

News Release: AG Agrees Film Office Violated Law

A state attorney general's letter has confirmed the Michigan Film Office failed to report information required under state law.  … more

News Release: Center Analysts on Chrysler 'Bankruptcy'

Taxpayers would be better served by a market settlement or Chapter 11 bankruptcy than by a plan dictated by the federal government.  … more

Media Alert: Center Analysts Testify on Film Subsidies

Mackinac Center analysts today will testify before the Senate Finance Committee on inadequacies of a report on subsidies given by the Michigan Film Office. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Virtual school, satisfied teachers, pension fund. … more

Hitch a Ride

Michigan can't wait for the auto industry to rebound. … more

Siren Song

A look at who pays for the Michigan Film Incentive. … more

On the Bubble

TEA Party remarks by Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Grand Rapids test scores, charter school performance. … more

News Release: U.P. School Posts Spending

A tiny school district in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has embraced transparency by posting its spending online. … more

Mean Green Machine

A second look at "green" jobs this Earth Day. … more

A Rising Tide

Michigan's unemployment has increased since the 2007 tax hike. … more

Natural Selection

MichiganScience explores how and why more farmers are going organic. … more

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Bailouts and stimulus packages equate to a government bubble. … more

Tea Time

Kenneth Braun's comments at a TEA Party in west Michigan. … more


A closer look at Michigan's tax burden. … more

High Impact

A video update of the Center's activities for the first quarter of 2009. … more

Apples to Apples?

Comparing school performance across the states. … more

A Different Bankruptcy

How T.S. Eliot and Russell Kirk viewed the "moral imagination." … more

Michigan Education Digest

Robo champs, stimulus warning, education tax credits. … more

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