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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.

Last Call: Reviewing Pre-election Votes Of The 2017-2018 Legislature

November 2 MichiganVotes weekly roll call … more

Legislature Says Yes To Subsidies, No To Tax Cuts

October 26 MichiganVotes weekly roll call … more

Business Subsidies, Online Voter Registration, Licensure Reform and More

October 5, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Speed Limit Reductions, ‘Points’ for Out-of-State Tickets, Aircraft Owner Tax Breaks, Online Voter Registration and More

September 28, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Aircraft Sales Tax, Police Sex With Prostitutes, Choose Life Plates, More

Michigan Votes continues a review of key votes of the 2017-2018 session … more

Paid Leave, Parole and Minimum Wage

MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Copper Mines, Foreign Language Requirements, Eminent Domain and More

Michigan Votes reviews key votes of the 2017-2018 session … more

More Subsidies And Regulations, Mental Health Restraint Rules, Auto Insurance For Seniors and More

Michigan Votes reports interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions … more

Mail-in Elections, More Corporate Subsidies, Training Tax Assessors And More

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions … more

Declawing Cats, Debarking Dogs, Strategic Plans and More

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions … more

New Bills on Guns, Garbage, Farm Weddings and More

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills … more

Foster Care Scholarships, Pavement Ideas, Career Predictions

June 22, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

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