About the Authors

Paul Kengor, Ph. D., is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and a research fellow at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy in Pittsburgh. Kengor has published studies on NAFTA's effects on Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, and Arizona. He is assistant professor of political science at Grove City College and is director of the Allegheny Institute's Privatization Center and editor of the weekly Pennsylvania Privatization Monitor.

Kengor's work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Political Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Buffalo News, Defense News, The Detroit News, Houston Post, and the Washington Times.

Kengor is a former research analyst for the Political-Military Affairs program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D. C. for which he still does occasional work. He is also a former Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation.

Kengor's doctorate is from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Michael LaFaive is a policy analyst with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and a graduate student of economics at Central Michigan University. He is also managing editor of Michigan Privatization Report, a quarterly publication of the Mackinac Center. LaFaive's previous work includes the Mackinac Center study Washington Should Kick the Mandate Habit: The Fiscal Impact of Medicaid Mandates on Michigan as well as a number of commentaries analyzing economic development in Michigan.

Grady Summers is a research assistant at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. He holds bachelor of arts degrees in political science and business/computer systems from Grove City College.