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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.

Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives … more

Auto Insurance Reform for Seniors, Repeal Prevailing Wage, Medicaid Work

June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Lawmaker Blasts Utilities, Nearly Hits Donor Privacy Rights

Gary Glenn’s rhetoric veers off-course … more

Involuntary Mental Health Treatment, Government Job Training, Aliens, Wine Tasting

June 1, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Bicycle Clearance, Extend the Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes, More

May 25, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Residential Levies for Business Subsidies, Truck Platoons, Baby Boxes and More

May 18, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

New Scorecard Ranks Every Michigan Legislator on Corporate Handouts

Tracks every vote of nearly 500 lawmakers since 2001 … more

Require Conviction for Police to Keep Seized Assets, School Safety Responses

May 11, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Budgets, Beer Tents, Vehicle Bike Racks and More

May 4, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

School Safety, Frail Prisoners, Pyramid Schemes and Budgets

April 27, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Medicaid Work Requirements, Alien Driver's Licenses, Dead Voters and More

April 20, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Despite Right-To-Work Laws, Unions Find Ways Make Workers Keep Paying

Ban Pit Bull Bans, Licensure Mandates for Foresters and Shampooers, More

April 13, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Emotional Support Animals, License Mandates and More License Mandates

April 6, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Are Competition And Consumer Choice In Education Good Or Bad?

Apologists for poor schools say ‘bad,’ despite their disparate impact on poor and minority children … more

Back To The Future With Renewable Energy Puffery

Who benefits if families must pay more to get the same amount of electric power? … more

Constitutional Amendments on Parents' Rights, State University Boards, More

March 29, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Passing Bicycles, Peppier Pepper Spray, High School Internship Credit, More

March 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

MSU Sex Crime Lawsuits, Online Voter Registration, Dead Voters, More

March 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Free Credit Freezes, Expel Student Sex Offenders, Release Frail Prisoners

March 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

More Road Repair Money, Restrict Metadata Collection, Medical Marijuana, More

March 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

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

Charter Schools, Developer and Grocery Store Subsidies, University Debt, more

December 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Increase Cell Phone Tax, Expand Stopped Vehicle Mandate, Car Seat Regulations, More

December 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Parking Ticket License Renewal, Animal Cruelty, Student Loan Disclosures, more

December 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Unconstitutional? Not If These Resolutions Pass

November 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Guns in Schools, Fetus as Victim, Ice Shanties and More

November 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Kill Auto Insurance Reform, Repeal “Bad Driver Tax,” Ballast Water Rules and More

November 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Homeschoolers, Pre-nups, Keggers and Cybersecurity

October 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Repeal ‘Bad Driver Tax’ with Partial Amnesty, Share ISD Millage with Charter Schools, More

October 20, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Divert 'Orphaned' Fuel Tank Clean-Up Money, Limited Multi-State Physician License, More

October 13, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

It’s Time to Repeal the Bad Driver Tax

A mess that should never have been created … more

Ban Local Soda Taxes and Job Interview Restrictions, Subsidize Methane Digesters, More

October 6, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Electric Bicycles, Lawsuits against Unlawful Local Government Gun Restrictions

September 29, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Political Free Speech, Cocaine Sentencing, Add Details to Liquor Control Law

September 22, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Accommodate Citizens United, Terminate Parental Rights for Female Genital Mutilation, More

September 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Private Harbors, Free IDs for Veterans, Fixing and Punishing City Election Goofs

September 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Contract Preferences for Immigrants, Restrict Stop-and-Frisk, Criminalize Leaving Pet in Car

September 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Bullying, Redskins, Foster Care Alternative, No Immigration Enforcement, More

August 25, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Dog-Fight Dogs, Obamacare, Financial Exploitation, Multi-Lingual State Websites

August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Opioids, Internet Gambling, Trump Tax Returns and More

August 4, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

More Proposals to Amend the State Constitution

July 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Legislative Proposals to Change the Michigan Constitution

July 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Corporate Handouts Run Amok

July 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Opioids, Slingshots, Switchblades, Police Sex with Prostitutes and Important 'Do Not Resuscitate' Proposal

June 30, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Big Budget Bills, Jail for Bringing in too much Beer, Ban Government Charter School Discrimination, more

June 23, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Pension Reform, Electronic Vehicle Registration, Decriminalize Idling in Driveway

June 16, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Energy Debt for Colleges, No Special Permit to Carry

June 9, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Government ‘Phone-In’ Voting; More State Housing Loans; Piling Costs on Defendants

June 2, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More

May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax

May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes

May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Big Handouts for Developers, OK to Warm Up Car in Driveway, Social Media Games

May 5, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft

April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Switchblades, Slingshots, Sneaky School Debt Schemes and More

April 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Excessive Lawmaking Road to ‘Regiment Every Aspect of Society and Commerce’

Lawmakers "regiment every aspect of society" … more

Some Recently Introduced Bills of Interest

April 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

These Seven Proposals Would Change Michigan’s Constitution

April 7, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

More Corporate Handouts, Water Down Graduation Standards, Breathalyzed Minors

March 31, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling

March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More

March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers

March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability

March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers

February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

People First or Well Connected Developers?

We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few … more

Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare

February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee … more

Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare

February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms

February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Recently Introduced Bills of Interest

January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators

January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report … more

MichiganVotes.org Takes Accountability to a New Level: 16 Years, 30,000 Bills, 26,517 Votes

MichiganVotes.org Celebrates 16 years of legislative transparency … more

Votes on Electric Regulations, Asset Forfeiture, School Restraint Rules, More

December 16, 2016 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Profiles in Courage in Defense of Taxpayers

Cotter and Chatfield hold the line on cronyism … more

December 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Speed limits, corporate subsidies, ‘photo-cop,’ Israel and more … more

Bad Santa: Trump Risks Cronyist Blowout with Carrier Incentives

Draining the swamp by creating new ones … more

December 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Give taxpayer cash to developers; permissive regs for Uber; ban local bag bans and more … more

Friday, November 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Increase windmill mandates, authorize driverless vehicles, empower airport police … more

Friday, November 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Some key votes of the 2015-16 Legislature … more

Friday, October 28, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Gas tax increase, more college building debt, ‘culpable mental states,” liquor oligopoly and midwife licensure … more

State Health Policy Toolkit

10 reforms state lawmakers can implement now … more

October 21, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Ban gas chamber for pets; subsidies for hospitals and Flint businesses; authorize new school taxes; regulate drones; more … more

October 14, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Tax breaks for developers; allow school recreation tax; fee hikes; ban ‘cyber-revenge porn’ … more

October 7, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Big gas tax hike; welfare cops; local pit bull bans; selling student data … more

September 30, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Sex! Crime! Hollywood! Uber! Oh boy! … more

September 23, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Out with old in with new licensure mandate; increase legislature transparency; more … more

September 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Blasts-from-the-past on road funding, same-sex adoptions, civil asset forfeiture and more … more

September 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Medical marijuana crack-down, driverless trucks, dogs in outdoor cafés … more

September 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Ding overspending schools, limit corporate subsidies, legislative subpeonas and a boost for the disabled … more