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Michael J. Reitz

Executive Vice President

Michael J. Reitz is executive vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, where he oversees execution of the Center's strategic plan. The Mackinac Center is an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute based in Midland, Michigan, with the mission of improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions.

Prior to joining the Mackinac Center in 2012, Reitz spent eight years with the Freedom Foundation in Washington state as its general counsel and director of labor policy. Reitz established the Freedom Foundation’s Theodore L. Stiles Center for Liberty, where 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 championed a number of reforms to modify public-sector collective bargaining and to protect workers from coercive union monopolies.

An advocate of accountable government, Reitz has worked actively to promote transparency in state and local government, serving on the board of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, a nonprofit organization that educates citizens about their rights to access public records and attend public meetings. While in Washington state, Reitz led a research and litigation effort to expose the governor's secretive practice of withholding records under claims of executive privilege.   

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 Ninth Circuit.

30 Years for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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

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

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

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

It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

It's time to expand public records transparency … more

Michigan Legislature Unanimously Passes Criminal Intent Reform

Gov. Snyder expected to sign HB 4713 … more

Criminal Intent Reform Bill Clears Senate Committee

Now awaiting final action in the Senate … more

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

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

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

Modernizing the Open Meetings Act

Michigan Law Revision Commission takes step forward. … more

Government Transparency Bill Stalled in Senate

Michigan House passed bill six months ago. … more

Center Files Brief at U.S. Supreme Court

Urges justices to take up free speech case. … more

Asset Forfeiture Laws Threaten Property Rights

Center statement on House Bills 5230 and 5233. … more

Center Focusing on Government Transparency

FOIA, Open Meetings Act need updating for 21st century. … more

Obama Voters Break Ranks on Labor Policy

President in Michigan today, rejects worker freedom. … more

Voters Avert Disaster by Rejecting Proposal 2

Executive Vice President Michael Reitz on Proposal 2 impact. … more

'Protect Our Jobs' Draws National Scrutiny

Mackinac Center work reflected in WSJ editorial. … more