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Michael J. Reitz

Executive Vice President

Michael J. Reitz is executive vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute based in Midland, Michigan. Reitz oversees policy development, communications, fundraising and the Center’s strategic plan.

Since joining the Mackinac Center in 2012, Reitz has overseen efforts to advance free-market recommendations in Michigan. The team’s victories include right-to-work legislation, pension reform for school employees, criminal justice reform and ground-breaking legislation to expand ridesharing in the state.

Before joining the Mackinac Center, Reitz was with the Freedom Foundation in Olympia, Washington, as its general counsel and director of labor policy. While there, he litigated for accurate elections, defended the First Amendment rights of individuals, fought against governmental abuses of power and wrote extensively on constitutional law.

Reitz has overseen the Center’s effort to inform public employees of their rights through outreach, legal support and legislative affairs. In the past five years, the Center has educated more than 100,000 government workers about their First Amendment rights. 

Reitz is president of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, an organization that educates citizens about the importance of government transparency. He serves as the chairman of Americans for Fair Treatment, which offers resources and support to public sector union members.

Reitz frequently comments on public policy issues and has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times and other publications. He is a co-author of “To Protect and Maintain Individual Rights,” a reference guide to the Declaration of Rights in the Washington Constitution. Reitz received his law degree from Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy. He is a member of the Washington bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The Next Governor’s Vision

30 Years for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Looking Ahead

Legislators Shouldn’t Let a Political Celebrity Keep Them From Their Unfinished Business

Securing the Future

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency

Public records now at public’s fingertips … more

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

It's time for free-market reformers to act … more

Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy

Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan … more

Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault

Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers … more

Creating the Future for 30 Years

Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries

Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years … more

Republicans, Pursue Your Agenda with Gusto

Advice for the Legislative majority … more

Ideas Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree On

Plenty of middle ground, even in a divisive political climate … more

Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform

Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor … more

Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues

The on-going SEIU dues skim must end … more

Postelection: Moving Forward With What Brought Us Here

Work Hard

Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio … more

Mackinac Center and Sierra Club Call For More Transparency in Michigan Government

Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts … more

On Persuasion

Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

Reitz in The Detroit News … more

Public Records and the Office of the Governor

FOIA lessons from the rest of the states … more

Liberty Depends on Clearly Defined Laws

It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

It's time to expand public records transparency … more

Mackinac Center Subject of SEIU Protest

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue … more

Michigan Legislature Unanimously Passes Criminal Intent Reform

Gov. Snyder expected to sign HB 4713 … more

Mackinac Center Praises Michigan Legislature’s Passage of Criminal Intent Bill

Reforms make it harder to prosecute people for unknowingly committing crimes … more

Legislature Actively Considers Criminal Justice Reforms

The Idea of Liberty

Criminal Intent Reform Bill Clears Senate Committee

Now awaiting final action in the Senate … more

Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles

Criminal Intent Op-ed in the Detroit News

Executive Vice President Mike Reitz and Sen. Orrin Hatch advocate reform … more

Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles

The right approach could benefit students and protect taxpayers … more

Michigan Must Seize Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform

Finding Agreement in Criminal Justice Reform

Sound priorities on sound policies for all … more

State Media Features Overcriminalization Fight

Mackinac Center partners with ACLU, others … more

Reitz Testifies on Overcriminalization, Mens Rea

Prepared Testimony Regarding House Bill 4713, House Oversight and Ethics … more

Midland Daily News Features Mackinac Center Partnerships

Joining organizations across the spectrum … more

Reitz Quoted on Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

Addressing overcriminalization and civil asset forfeiture … more

The Assault on Free Speech

Reitz Letter to the Editor Published in The Detroit News

Responding to allegations made earlier this week … more

Reitz Quoted on Transparency in Michigan Press

Detroit officials using private emails for business … more

Gov. Snyder Announces Criminal Justice Reforms

Uses Center's research to make case for reforms … more

House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes

Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language. … more

House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms

The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws. … more

Crime, Crime, Everywhere a Crime