September/October 2008 Michigan Capitol Confidential articles

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"Wasteful and Wrongheaded"

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House Fiscal Agency Analysis of the DLEG budget

Slideshow presentation explaining what DLEG does

State Checkbook Still Missing from Internet

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Mackinac Center "Show Michigan the Money" transparency project

Office of the Governor responds to Mackinac Center request

Correspondence between the Mackinac Center and the Executive Branch

Department of State expenditure reports

Office of the Governor's transparency website

Attorney General's transparency website

Frugality Put in the Pokey

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Committee testimony on HB 6112

House Fiscal Agency analysis of HB 6112

Is Private Property Leaking Away?

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Russ Harding's commentary on this issue (with opportunity for reader comments)

Michigan Chamber of Commerce statement on this vote (see page 11)

Press statement from the Senate Democratic Caucus

Growing Up Means Resisting the Statist Impulse

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The Lowdown: Recall Drama Rumbles On

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The Lowdown: Labor Pains

Wayne State University Labor Studies Center

University of Michigan Labor Studies Center

Michigan State University School of Labor and Industrial Relations

Article from Michigan Daily

School Service Privatization Grows Again

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I'm Just a Bill

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Senate Bill 1087 -- Impose restrictions on citizen's initiative signature gathering

House Bill 6304 -- Increase "historic" building regulation penalties

House Bill 6279 -- Place "Brass Roots" plaque on Capitol grounds

House Bill 5758 -- Require state to pay for Detroit school elections

House Bill 5679 -- Impose new regulations on maple syrup producers

Senate Bill 895 -- Create "statewide recycling coordinator" office

House Bill 5628 -- Mandate skiers and snowboarders wear helmet

House Bill 5751 -- Establish new ethanol, alternative fuel subsidies