Michigan’s majority party is moving fast. Democrats in January slammed through a spending package that puts state taxpayers on the hook for $706 million, without the benefit of a single hearing or word of testimony.
Gov. Whitmer signed the bill at the end of the month. And there are more to come.
With all branches of government in hand, Democrats want to repeal right-to-work, deny Michiganders an income tax cut, and impose their will on all of us — especially those “kids born today” Whitmer referred to in her State of the State address.
The Mackinac Center was founded to make Michigan the freest and most prosperous state in America. In 2023, the freedom mission will require us to play defense.
It’s a return to our earliest days. Even before we had a name for it, the Mackinac Center was always about shifting the Overton Window in the direction of freedom. The issues that animate us now are the same: school choice for families and choice for workers — the right to work without paying into a union.
Both will come under attack. Charter schools and even homeschools are a threat to the education establishment. Freedom and choice don’t jibe well with union finances – upward of 140,000 people have opted out of unions in the last decade. When given the chance to opt out, people do, in great numbers.
Sometimes, the case for freedom needs to be restated. This is one of those times.
Michigan Capitol Confidential will tell the stories of free people in the months to come. If your family has benefited from school choice, or if you have opted out of paying a union, let us know. Let us tell your story. Together, we will make the case for freedom.
How have school choice and/or right-to-work changed your life? Tell me, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear your stories. I read every single email.