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increased 8 percent over the last year, according to the Mackinac Center’s
2010 School Privatization Survey. Nearly 49 percent
of public school districts in Michigan now contract out for one of the three
main support services.
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should focus on pension reform and expensive contractual costs,
not flawed consolidation studies, if they want to truly focus on reducing costs
in public schools.
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welfare services is an option that could help Michigan.
Misinformation on Michigan Economic Growth Authority
grant applications underscores the need for greater scrutiny and accountability
in the program. If state government won’t stop picking winners and losers in
the marketplace, then those in charge must perform due diligence in vetting the
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Those who want to reform public education, from both
the left and the right, must realize they face a common obstacle in teachers
unions. Children’s education will improve when we return teachers to the status
of professionals, rather than interchangeable parts.
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Hydraulic fracturing has been used since the 1940s as
a way to extract natural gas from deep below the earth’s surface. Michigan
cannot afford to limit this technology as an important way to provide
affordable and dependable energy.
insurance premiums are among the highest in the nation. Past legislative
attempts to keep premiums down unfortunately focused on price controls and
regulations. Real reform would address the source of high premiums: no-fault
insurance and mandatory insurance requirements.
The Michigan Public
School Employees’ Retirement System, known as “MPSERS,” provides both pension
and retiree health care benefits to eligible public school employees. As of Sept.
30, 2009, the most recent date for which data are available, MPSERS and MSERS
pensions had unfunded liabilities of $15.1 billion.
Nearly 49 percent
of all public school districts in Michigan contract out for one of the three
main support services – busing, transportation or custodial – and 8 percent
more districts are contracting out this year compared to last year. First-year
savings from new contracts this year are expected to save schools more than
Key stories: Ann Arbor budgeting, state audit,
government transparency, county land banks.
School employees on the whole have not saved
taxpayers money through contract concessions and have remained relatively
shielded from Michigan's economic downturn.
Video from An
Evening With the Mackinac Center event held on Oct. 14, 2010, featuring Oakland
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson as the speaker with advice for the new
Concerns over the
state subsidies given to a solar panel company.
A panel discussion
on how the new media are transforming the political landscape.
A discussion hosted
by the Mackinac Center about the benefits and future of online education.