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Innovative School Districts Seek Greater Flexibility

Legislative proposal would aid Madison, Center Line, others

Legislative proposal would aid Madison, Center Line, others more

Michigan Wages and Benefits Recovers

But Private-Sector Compensation Lags

But Private-Sector Compensation Lags more

The New Face of the FCC: QA with Chairman Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, but his philosophy is a bit different than many regulators. Pai’s regulatory philosophy values consumers, competition and markets over regulation, bureaucrats and central planning. His principles include being aware of “regulatory capture,” a free and fair system without dispensing favors and special treatment, flexible rulemaking, and rules which respect the laws of Congress. more

Want Faster Internet? What Rural Communities Should Explore

Government shouldn't be in business of providing internet

Government shouldn't be in business of providing internet more

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How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions more

Same Old Story About the Problems in Public Schools

Nearly 60 years later, the arguments remain the same

Nearly 60 years later, the arguments remain the same more

Aircraft Sales Tax, Police Sex With Prostitutes, Choose Life Plates, More

Michigan Votes continues a review of key votes of the 2017-2018 session

Michigan Votes continues a review of key votes of the 2017-2018 session more

How to Control the Pension Debt

The costs of pension liabilities have grown out of control

The costs of pension liabilities have grown out of control more

Little Pink House Screening

Join the Mackinac Center for a private screening of the compelling film about small town heroes who challenged one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical corporations and an overreaching government all the way to the Supreme Court.

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Choice Satisfies Most Parents, Appeals to Most Voters

New surveys highlight favorable experiences, need for more options

New surveys highlight favorable experiences, need for more options more

Paid Leave, Parole and Minimum Wage

MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Prisons Are Not a Jobs Program

Closing Ojibway is tough, but necessary

Closing Ojibway is tough, but necessary more

Choices Voices: A Survey of Michigan Charter School Parents

Choices & Voices

This report highlights the results of a survey of nearly 1,500 parents of charter school students in Michigan. Charter schools are state-funded, tuition-free schools of choice, authorized by public agencies such as universities and community colleges.

The survey asks parents questions concerning their satisfaction with charter schools, why they chose to leave their district-run school, difficulties they may have faced enrolling in a charter school and ideas for improvements, among others. The goal of this survey is to better inform policymakers about the on-the-ground experience parents have with charter schools, so that they might pursue policies that improve Michigan's charter schools.

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Free Speech or Government Speech?

New bills would increase government oversight

New bills would increase government oversight more

Socialism Didn’t Make Detroit Great

Once prosperous, the city has not been helped by socialist policies

Once prosperous, the city has not been helped by socialist policies more

Copper Mines, Foreign Language Requirements, Eminent Domain and More

Michigan Votes reviews key votes of the 2017-2018 session

Michigan Votes reviews key votes of the 2017-2018 session more

Guiding Quality Growth in the Charter Sector

Workshop sessions focus on developing successful new schools

Workshop sessions focus on developing successful new schools more

How Taxpayers Get Fleeced in Michigan

More money is not turning into better government services

More money is not turning into better government services more

Coping with the Growing Number of Felons in Michigan

Our courts deliver nearly 50,000 felony convictions per year

Our courts deliver nearly 50,000 felony convictions per year more

Spending Interests Want Spending

Yet spending interests won’t say where the money should come from

Yet spending interests won’t say where the money should come from more

Volunteer Fire Departments Save Money, Delivery Quality Service

Op-ed by Mackinac Center intern highlights potential savings

Op-ed by Mackinac Center intern highlights potential savings more

IMPACT July/August 2018

A Fond Farewell

Can a Scorecard Change an Issue?

Hopping for Liberty

Michigan's Labor Revolution

What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash more

Enforcing Janus Rights for Public Workers

U.S. Supreme Court decision no longer makes union fees a condition of employment

U.S Supreme Court decision no longer makes union fees a condition of employment more

Later High School Start Times Should Stay Local Decision

Change by Berkley district cites academic benefit

Change by Berkley district cites academic benefit more

No One Will Win The Tariff Game

Michigan one of the top states with jobs affected by Chinese retaliation

Michigan to lose 91,000 jobs from Chinese retaliation alone more

A Plea for Skepticism about the MEDC: An Open Letter

Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs

Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs more

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