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Revenues and Spending of Michigan’s Urban, Suburban, Town and Rural School Districts


This study compares the revenues and operating expenditures of Michigan’s urban, suburban, town and rural school districts. The study’s findings provide a new and unique perspective on Michigan’s school districts.

Estimated Savings From Michigan’s 1997 State Employees Pension Plan Reform


In 1997, as a result of state legislation, the pension plan for the Michigan State Employees’ Retirement System underwent a significant change. State employees who qualified for MSERS and who were hired on or after March 31, 1997, were placed in a “defined-contribution” retirement plan. Through fiscal 2010, the MSERS defined-benefit plan is estimated to have saved state taxpayers $167 million in pension normal costs and $2.3 billion to $4.3 billion in lower unfunded liabilities.


Special Items

Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Database

This database provides a summary of the state’s public high schools’ performance against the background of each school’s size, percentage of students eligible for federal school lunch subsidies and urban, suburban, town or rural locale class.



U-M Graduate Student Fights Union Grab

A brief filed by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation helped convince the Michigan Employment Relations Commission that graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan are students, not public employees, and therefore cannot be unionized.

Bring Out Your Debt

A different look at how bringing public-sector benefits into balance with the private sector could save Michigan $5.7 billion annually.

The SEIU and Home Health Aides

Home health aides, who often care for disabled family members, were forced into a union and now have part of their state subsidy checks skimmed off for union dues.

A Meritorious Idea

Oscoda Public Schools has come up with a revolutionary new way to evaluate teachers.

Freedom to Work

A grassroots coalition that includes several union members is pushing to get right-to-work protections for Michigan.



Michigan Capitol Confidential

Key stories: How to train politicians, an assessment of Gov. Snyder’s first six months, Michigan teacher pay, GOP supports tourism subsidies.

Vol. 5 No. 2 – Spring 2011

Michigan Capitol Confidential

Key stories: Taxpayer K-12 money diverted to union business, “Big Oil” and teacher pensions, beer and wine distributorship monopolies, NASCAR subsidies.

Vol. 5 No. 3 – Summer 2011