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Jack McHugh

Senior Legislative Analyst

Jack McHugh is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s senior legislative analyst and editor of MichiganVotes.org, a unique Web site that puts the activities of the Michigan Legislature at citizens’ fingertips. Since the site was launched in 2001, McHugh has written or edited concise, plain-English descriptions of every bill, vote and amendment in the state House and Senate: 12,000 bills; 10,000 roll call votes; 8,000 amendments; and 2,400 new laws. These can all be searched and sorted on the MichiganVotes.org Web site.

McHugh’s experience prior to joining the Center is wide and varied. He has been a floor trader in the treasury bond and gold futures “pits” of the Chicago commodity exchanges, writer and real estate developer. He entered the Michigan political and public policy scene in 1994, spending six years as a legislative chief of staff in the House of Representatives.

McHugh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University (where he completed two highly relevant research projects, “Analyzing Michigan House Voting Records Using the ‘MichiganVotes.org’ Database” and “Analysis of Appropriations to Michigan’s Public Four-Year Universities, with Recommendations”).

Jack McHugh’s essays on public policy issues have appeared in The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The Grand Rapids Press and many other newspapers. He is also co-author of a book on Midwest mountain bike trails.

English as Official Language, More Road Repair Money, a Foster Care Alternative

February 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

One Tax Cut and One Increased; an Unfair Levy Repealed; Stronger Pepper Spray

February 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Michigan’s Long 'Bad Driver Tax' Nightmare Will Finally End

A revenue-grab from Michigan’s lost decade left a trail of social costs and broken lives … more

Lawyers 'Double Dipping' on Asbestos, Traffic Stop Etiquette, Impaired EMTs

February 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Cats and Dogs, Chickens and Fish

February 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Income Tax Breaks, Environmental Rules Reviews, Ransomware and more

January 26, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Veto Override, Higher Income Tax Exemptions, Charter Schools and ISD Money, more

January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Deed Restrictions, Neighborhood Watch Vehicles

January 12, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Michigan Legislature’s 10 Most Revealing Votes of 2017

Which side were your lawmakers on? … more

Mackinac Center Tracks Lawmakers’ Missed Votes

1,153 roll call votes missed in 2017 … more