Media Impact: Appealing News

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation’s ongoing fight to stop the forced unionization of 40,000 home-based day care owners and employees continues to receive statewide media attention.

The Detroit Free Press reported Sept. 17 that the Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Michigan Court of Appeals would have to better explain why it rejected the case. The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reported Sept. 27 that the appellate court had again rejected the case, and the MCLF’s motion for reconsideration was covered by WPBN-WTOM in Traverse City, The Petoskey News-Review and the Midland Daily News on Oct. 15. The Livingston Daily also reported Nov. 1 that the Department of Human Services must account for the money it uses to fund the shell corporation it created that now claims it is the employer of tens of thousands of private employees.

President Joseph G. Lehman and Senior Economist David Littmann both participated in the West Michigan Policy Forum in Grand Rapids. Littmann appeared on “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR-AM760 during the forum, discussing how to fix Michigan’s economy. Lehman was cited Oct. 1 by both the West Michigan Business Review and the Grand Rapids Business Journal, discussing how the bloated benefits given to public-sector employees harm Michigan. Lehman was again cited on this point Nov. 4 by Fortune Magazine. He also was interviewed during the forum by Comcast Newsmakers, and a commentary he penned about how to hold elected officials accountable appeared Nov. 5 in the Detroit Legal News. National Review on Oct. 27 sought Lehman’s opinion on then-upcoming elections, while WEYI-TV25 in Saginaw interviewed him about statewide ballot proposals.

Mike Gardner, a former Mackinac Center intern, was featured Oct. 30 as part of a story in The Los Angeles Times about the fiscally conservative Flushing Township Board, on which he serves as a trustee.

An investigation by Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive and Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra into a solar panel company in Saginaw that received state subsidies was cited on WNEM-TV5 in Saginaw, WJRT-TV12 in Flint and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times between Sept. 30 and Oct. 22. The Washington Examiner and San Jose Mercury News both cited LaFaive about the lack of transparency at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.