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.
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
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.