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John LaPlante

Contributing Editor and Senior Fellow

John LaPlante is a contributing editor at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, where he gives input for various publications, including Michigan Capitol Confidential. As an independent editorial professional, he has written about government pensions, K-12 education and other topics in public policy. 

He has done editorial work for Center of the American Experiment, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and other state-focused think tanks. He managed a website for State Policy Network, focusing on health care policy, and has also written for some well-known organizations with a national scope. He is a policy fellow at the Kansas Policy Institute and Center of the American Experiment and has worked on marketing projects for Thomson Reuters. 

LaPlante has been published by newspapers such as The Detroit News, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Wichita Eagle. He has occasionally appeared on radio programs, including on Detroit's WJR-AM.

A native of Flint who grew up in Muskegon, LaPlante earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Kalamazoo College and a master's degree in political science from Ohio State University. 

When he isn't helping his clients with their work in public policy, he manages a snowboarding-focused website for adults over 40. His work there has been noticed by USA Today and Crain's Detroit Business, among others. LaPlante lives with his family in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota.

From John LaPlante

Private Initiative in a Detroit Neighborhood

Competitive Sourcing on an Individual Basis

Elections Are a Poor Way to Change Schools

Competitive Sourcing on an Individual Basis

Responding to Michigan’s Population Slide

No serious analysis can argue that redistributing the tax burden or putting the state deeper in debt so it can pick winners and losers could possibly make Michigan better off. … more

Right-Sizing Military Infrastructure

Trying Too Hard to Be Cool

Wine Sellers and Protectionism

The Verdict Is In: Private Juries Hold Promise

Tax Cut Stories Miss the Picture

Fewer Students = More Money?

School Board Self-Help

Offshoring State Services Benefits Michigan

Cities Need Less Government, Not More

AFL-CIO Says: Union Rules Hurt Us

DNR Contracts Out Management of Ski Area

Supercenters—And Shoppers—Under Attack

Lock in Savings with Prison Privatization

No Business In Snow Business

Why does the state of Michigan operate a ski area? The state has no business in snow business, and should sell off or contract out this operation. … more

Making Health Care Healthy Again

... if Michigan adopts Vermont-style Medicaid vouchers, and employees take advantage of the new HRA option, Michigan citizens will be able to obtain better insurance at lower cost. … more

Why Energy Conservation Efforts Fail

As the president and Congress debate energy policy, they would be wise to note that while conservation can have some benefits, reducing the total amount of energy we use isn't one of them. … more