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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.

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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

August 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Income tax money for roads; bans on e-cigs for minors, powdered booze and local knife regulations and more … more