By The Numbers: 30 Years

16 of 20 — The Mackinac Center wrote a 20-point fiscal reform agenda in 1990. During Gov. Engler’s first term, his administration fully or partially implemented 16 of the recommendations.

2,914,214 — Number of people voting to restrict governments from using their eminent domain powers for economic development purposes in 2006. The margin of the vote was 80 percent for and only 20 percent against.

71.5 percent — Percentage of districts that contract out for food, custodial or transportation services. Few districts used to contract out. But that started to change as the Center repeatedly pointed out the common sense cost-savings of privatization.

32,597 —Number of bills described by, which provides plain language descriptions of every bill and roll call vote. The Mackinac Center launched in 2001.

$500 million — The amount Michigan spent subsidizing film producers to make movies in Michigan. The program started in 2007 and it ended in 2015 after consistent criticism by the Mackinac Center.

22 percent — Portion of public school students attending charter schools or enrolled through Schools of Choice. Charters opened in 1993 and Schools of Choice in 1996.

18 — Number of states with some form of universal tuition tax credit, an idea proposed by the Mackinac Center in 1997.

$29.1 billion — The amount that the state owes employees and retirees in its school retirement system beyond what lawmakers have already set aside. The state closed this debt-ridden system and is putting new employees into a defined-contribution retirement system as a default option.

97,000 — The number of home health care workers forced into a union that skimmed dues off of their patients' Medicaid payments. This scheme was ended by legislation pushed by the Mackinac Center in 2011 and 2012, saving millions for some of Michigan's neediest residents.

24 — In 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to enact a Right-to-Work law, prohibiting unions from firing workers who do not want to be part of the union and pay dues.