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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

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