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Michigan’s Trial Courts Have a Major Funding Problem

The statutory scheme that keeps them running is set to expire in 2020 – and there’s no back up plan in place yet

The statutory scheme that keeps them running is set to expire in 2020 – and there’s no back up plan in place yet more

Election Night: More Corporate Handouts or More Personal Income Tax Cuts?

As expected, both candidates have different plans for economic growth

As expected, both candidates have different plans for economic growth more

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

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions more

A Flip Of A Switch

Not all energy is there when you need it

Not all energy is there when you need it more

MDE Overreach a Serious Concern

New rules attack cyber school option for families

New rules attack cyber school option for families more

Why Taxpayers Are Shelling Out More Money for Worse Service

In some places, cities pay two or three times the base salary for one person

In some places, cities pay two or three times the base salary for one person more

Three Important Criminal Justice Reform Opportunities for 2018

With fewer than 20 days left in the legislative session, that’s plenty of time to pass good reform

With fewer than 20 days left in the legislative session, that’s plenty of time to pass good reform more

Declawing Cats, Debarking Dogs, Strategic Plans and More

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions more

Can Technology Help Predict Crime and Flight Risk?

More courts use actuarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society

More courts use actuarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society more

Michigan Catching Up On State Employee Pension Debt

Progress is being made, but another $7.5 billion is still needed

Progress is being made, but another $7.5 billion is still needed more

Climate Lawsuits Expose Contradictory Government Policies

City reverses original claim on climate-related damages

Climate Lawsuits Expose Contradictory Government Policies more

New Bills on Guns, Garbage, Farm Weddings and More

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills more

New Evidence Suggests Harsher Sentences Don’t Always Deter More Crime

MCPP Scholar releases new research supporting “smart on crime” approach

MCPP Scholar releases new research supporting “smart on crime” approach more

A Lesson in Endpoint Bias

Is the state budget growing faster than inflation?

Is the state budget growing faster than inflation? more

ISD-Run Special Education at Bottom of the Pack

Michigan only state cited for failing special-needs students

Michigan only state cited for failing special-needs students more

Public Safety Workers in Michigan Now Enjoy Right-to-Work

Janus v. AFSCME decision gives right-to-work to police and firefighters in Michigan

Janus v. AFSCME decision gives right-to-work to police and firefighters in Michigan more

Where Michigan Stands on Civil Asset Forfeiture

The Detroit News chronicles the past, present and future of this misguided policy

The Detroit News chronicles the past, present and future of this misguided policy more

Mackinac Center’s Forfeiture Expertise Cited

New federal lawsuit claims forfeiture violated due process rights

New federal lawsuit claims forfeiture violated due process rights more

Firearm Seizures, Sexual Assault, Lock Away Painkillers and More

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills more

State Corporate Handout Program Milks Taxpayer for Cass City Operation

Subsidies continue to prove to be utterly pointless

Subsidies continue to prove to be utterly pointless more

National Publications Cite Mackinac Center in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

Staff members quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and more

Staff members quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and more more

A Political Fiction that Won’t Go Away

Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut

Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut more

Snyder Budget Whacks $10 Million from Business Subsidy Programs

Pure Michigan scores $1 million increase

Pure Michigan scores $1 million increase more

Legislature Approves New Business Subsidies

Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending

Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending more

Another MBDP Jobs Subsidy Project Doesn’t Work

State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try

State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try more

Higher Taxes Would Offer Little for Ottawa Schools

Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results

Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results more

State Business Handout Program Wastes Another $2 million

Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver

Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver more

Foster Care Scholarships, Pavement Ideas, Career Predictions

June 22, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

June 22, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Detroit is Becoming Friendlier to Entrepreneurs

The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased

The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased more

Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free

Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates

Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates more

Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?

Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence

Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence more

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

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

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

Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools

Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions

Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions more

Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars more

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

June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Lawmaker Blasts Utilities, Nearly Hits Donor Privacy Rights

Gary Glenn’s rhetoric veers off-course

Gary Glenn’s rhetoric veers off-course more

State Considers Licensing Naturopathic Physicians

But more regulatory hurdles are unlikely to improve safety

But more regulatory hurdles are unlikely to improve safety more

Study Links Catholic Education and Self-Discipline

Families may have new tool to support private school choices

Families may have new tool to support private school choices more

Reverse Course on Restricting Medicaid Workers With Criminal Backgrounds

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services pushing new rules

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services pushing new rules more

Getting More College Grads Won’t Improve State Prosperity

Many factors play into an area's income growth

Many factors play into an area's income growth more

Why Michigan Should Repeal Prevailing Wage

Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers

Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers more

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

May 25, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

May 25, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Bonfire of the Bureaucratic Vanities

MEDC should publicize its failures, too

MEDC should publicize its failures, too more

Detroit Charters Send More Graduates to College Than Peers Do

Longer-term outcomes back up test-score advantages for charter schools

Longer-term outcomes back up test-score advantages for charter schools more
Average Electric Prices in kilo-watt hours

Michigan’s Convoluted Electricity System Leads to Strife and Strain

Legislature considers a deal for Hemlock Semiconductor and Consumers Energy

Legislature considers a deal for Hemlock Semiconductor and Consumers Energy more

Kayak Tax Proponents Try to Disguise Cash Grab as Safety Measure

Adding onerous education requirements should not make tax more palatable

Adding onerous education requirements should not make tax more palatable more

The Lawmakers that Voted for the Most Business Subsidies and the Least

$16 billion in corporate welfare approved since 2001

$16 billion in corporate welfare approved since 2001 more

'Clear and Convincing Need' Bill Would Limit Overregulation

Proposed law would bring more Michigan rules in line with federal government

Proposed law would bring more Michigan rules in line with federal government more

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

May 11, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

May 11, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Token Symbols of Growth Damage the State Economy

Select business interests have higher status with lawmakers than regular taxpayers

Select business interests have higher status with lawmakers than regular taxpayers more

Solar Subsidies Are More than 'Fair'

Those selling a wholesale product should be paid the wholesale price

Those selling a wholesale product should be paid the wholesale price more

Budgets, Beer Tents, Vehicle Bike Racks and More

May 4, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

May 4, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Proposed Bill Package Would Rein in DEQ Abuses

Landowners should have an easy appeal process for rejected permits

Landowners should have an easy appeal process for rejected permits more

City Denies Alcohol License to Restaurant it Doesn’t Like

Royal Oak officials discriminate against fast food restaurant

Royal Oak officials discriminate against fast food restaurant more

No More Additional Favors for Solar

Property taxes should tax the value of property, including solar panels

Property taxes should tax the value of property, including solar panels more

The Battle Between Taxes and Fees in Storm Sewer Finance

Local governments should get popular support for fiscal policies

Local governments should get popular support for fiscal policies more

Michigan Doesn't Fit Profile for Teacher Walkouts

More already spent on teacher salaries, less on nonteaching staff

More already spent on teacher salaries, less on nonteaching staff more

School Safety, Frail Prisoners, Pyramid Schemes and Budgets

April 27, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

April 27, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

MEDC Is a Moth to a Failure Flame

Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings

Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings more

Net Metering Decision Raises Hackles of Solar Supporters

'Avoided cost' rate will impact Michigan’s interest in residential solar

'Avoided cost' rate will impact Michigan’s interest in residential solar more

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

April 20, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

April 20, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Free-Range Michigan?

New Utah law recognizes independence for parents and children

New Utah law recognizes independence for parents and children more

More Competition Among Liquor Stores on the Way – For Now

Judge upholds ruling that gets rid of arbitrary ‘half-mile rule’

Judge upholds ruling that gets rid of arbitrary 'half-mile rule' more

Arbitrary Michigan Licensing Laws: Auto Mechanic vs. Makeup Artist

Esthetician requires far more mandatory hours and much higher fees

Esthetician requires far more mandatory hours and much higher fees more

Three Criminal Justice Proposals before the Michigan House this Week

Here are a handful of bills that are being considered in or advanced out of committee

Here are a handful of bills that are being considered in or advanced out of committee more

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

April 13, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

April 13, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

New Law Removes Obstacles to Classroom

SB 727 should help alleviate teacher shortage outcry

SB 727 should help alleviate teacher shortage outcry more

Rural School Makes Fast Rise

Akron-Fairgrove among most improved on Mackinac report card

Akron-Fairgrove among most improved on Mackinac report card more

Emotional Support Animals, License Mandates and More License Mandates

April 6, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

April 6, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

State Funding for Universities Continues Upward Climb

Lawmakers should question what taxpayers get for more money

Lawmakers should question what taxpayers get for more money 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

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

Is it Constitutional to Require Criminal Defendants to Fund Their Own Prosecution?

State Supreme Court considers whether to hear a case presenting this question

State Supreme Court considers whether to hear a case presenting this question more

The Great Lakes Trough Truce

Spending interest groups only ask for more money

Spending interest groups only ask for more money more

Back To The Future With Renewable Energy Puffery

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

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

Study on Arkansas Tourism Campaign Should Make You Scratch Your Head about Pure Michigan

If economic impacts are as stated, the tourism industry should pay for its own ad campaign

If economic impacts are as stated, the tourism industry should pay for its own ad campaign more

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

March 29, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

March 29, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

The Steel Industry, Not Taxpayers, Should Pay for New Soo Lock

Industry should pay for the services it uses

Industry should pay for the services it uses more

State’s Education Woes Require Full Assessment

BLM report takes on key myths but misses complete picture

BLM report takes on key myths but misses complete picture more

Where Michigan Lawmakers Stand on ‘Right to Try’ Laws

Allowing terminally ill Americans the ability to try experimental medicine

Allowing terminally ill Americans the ability to try experimental medicine more

Pure Fiction: State Tourism Cost-Benefit Analysis Ignores Costs

The full cost of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign is ignored

The full cost of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign is ignored more

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

March 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

March 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Hamtramck Academy Tops Mackinac Report Card

NHA charter school aims high, beats odds, busts myths

NHA charter school aims high, beats odds, busts myths more

When the Goal of Spending Money is to Spend Money

Transit should instead be about getting people places

Transit should instead be about getting people places more

Democratic Attorney General Candidates Favor Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Bipartisan support for protecting property rights and due process

Bipartisan support for protecting property rights and due process more

Dearborn Schools Rise to the Top

District has remarkable showing on new CAP report card

District has remarkable showing on new CAP report card more

Bipartisanship on Criminal Justice Reform Continues to Grow

Common ground needed to overcome current shortcomings of justice system

Common ground needed to overcome current shortcomings of justice system more

A Look At The State Budget for Business Subsidies

Old ideas get new taxpayer cash

Old ideas get new taxpayer cash more

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

March 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

March 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

What Michigan Government Lacks in Transparency

Billions in business subsidies still can’t be disclosed

Billions in business subsidies still can’t be disclosed more

Want Money For Roads? Take It from This Failing Program

Michigan Business Development Program funding should end

Michigan Business Development Program funding should end more

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

March 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

March 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Salt Bill Would Raises Prices On All To Benefit One Company

Senate Bill 363 is held up in the Michigan House

Senate Bill 363 is held up in the Michigan House more

Put ISD Funding on Education Budget Table

While agency spending grows, Guv seeks student-based cuts

While agency spending grows, Guv seeks student-based cuts more