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In November, Michigan voters will decide whether to
call a constitutional convention. There is no guarantee that a convention would
fix problems now plaguing our state, and revising the document could make
April 2010 V2010-11
seem to have a problem with across-the-board tax increases that impact nearly
all Michiganders, but they don't apply the same fervor to keeping their
spending in line.
April 2010 V2010-12
can increase student achievement and are less expensive to operate than
May 2010 V2010-13
Granholm and the Legislature should not pursue expanding Michigan's sales tax
to services as a way of correcting their overspending crisis.
May 2010 V2010-14
The salaries and benefits of Michigan's government
class — including politicians — need to be brought back in line with that of
the private-sector workers who are paying the bills.
May 2010 V2010-15
Calls for higher
taxes in Michigan — on top of the state's fettered economy — will send more
Michigan residents packing. Many of them, statistics show, will end up in
June 2010 V2010-16
Laws governing how Michigan funds public schools can
be complex. This commentary explains the foundation allowance and corrects some
common myths surrounding the term.
June 2010 V2010-17
to public employee benefit plans will not correct a system that has grown too
expensive in past years — and will increase in cost in future years — to offset
the tax hikes that legislators desire.
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A review of reports
filed by the nation's largest unions reveals two things: Public-sector unions are growing while private-sector unions are shrinking; and
politics, not collective bargaining, dominates unions' focus.
Key stories: Cancer research, risk assessment, state
of the Great Lakes.
Key stories: Risk assessment, engineering in high
schools, nuclear power plants.
The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and the Michigan
Press Association filed a joint "friend of the court" brief before the Michigan
Supreme Court in a case involving a citizen political activist's request for
e-mails created on a public school computer server. A faulty decision would
seriously damage the state's Freedom of Information Act and the public's
ability to monitor the actions of elected officials.
Many charter public schools are forced to hold
"lotteries" because there are more students than seats available. This video
documents the lottery held in March at South Arbor Academy. Due to an arbitrary
cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan, some 12,000 students are on
An investigation by
Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive and Communications Specialist Kathy
Hoekstra uncovered several unanswered questions surrounding a multimillion
dollar investment in a Grand Rapids-area movie studio that had been listed by a
real estate agent for a fraction of that amount just months ago. The studio has
applied for a large refundable tax credit through the Michigan Film Office.
Director Michael Van Beek and Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra apply a "truth-o-meter"
to Michigan Education Association ads that claim teachers are treated like
"punching bags" by the Michigan Legislature. The video explores claims that
school employee concessions have saved taxpayers $1 billion in recent years,
that class sizes are increasing and that teachers spend an average of $500
annually out-of-pocket on classroom supplies.
President Joseph G.
Lehman's essay, originally published in The Heritage Foundation's October 2009
booklet "Indivisible: Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty," was
reissued as a Mackinac Center pamphlet.