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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

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

Property Tax Revenue On a Slow Rise

Value of property increased 12 percent over past four years

Value of property increased 12 percent over past four years more

More Road Repair Money, Restrict Metadata Collection, Medical Marijuana, More

March 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

March 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

English as Official Language, More Road Repair Money, a Foster Care Alternative

February 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

February 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Detroit Schools Will Sell to a Prison, But Not a Charter School

Moves criticized by parents and community members

Moves criticized by parents and community members more

State’s MBDP Job Creation Claims an Inconvenient Fiction

Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is

Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is more

Education Budget Should Back Parents' Priorities

Snyder's proposal undercuts cyber school, shared time options

Snyder's proposal undercuts cyber school, shared time options more

Michigan Is Not a Windy State

The true cost of wind in Michigan is beginning to become clear

The true cost of wind in Michigan is beginning to become clear more

One Tax Cut and One Increased; an Unfair Levy Repealed; Stronger Pepper Spray

February 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

February 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Michigan’s Long 'Bad Driver Tax' Nightmare Will Finally End

A revenue-grab from the state's lost decade left a trail of social costs and broken lives

A revenue-grab from Michigan’s lost decade left a trail of social costs and broken lives more

Meet Some Law Enforcement Officers Who Support Forfeiture Reform

Michigan Legislature should strengthen property rights

Michigan Legislature should strengthen property rights more

Michigan May Surpass 2000 Employment Levels Soon

An important milestone of recovery for the Great Lakes State

An important milestone of recovery for the Great Lakes State more

Airbnb Ban the Latest in Detroit’s Short-sighted Thinking

City council makes it harder to earn a living and visit a city desperate for population growth

City council makes it harder to earn a living and visit a city desperate for population growth more

Lawyers 'Double Dipping' on Asbestos, Traffic Stop Etiquette, Impaired EMTs

February 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

February 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Crime Shouldn’t Pay, but Requiring Reimbursement May Not Pay Off

Harsher penalties are not as effective at deterring crime as increasing the risk of getting caught

Harsher penalties are not as effective at deterring crime as increasing the risk of getting caught more

Illinois Takes Pension Advice From ‘The Simpsons’

Michigan has done a lot to avoid this fate

Michigan has done a lot to avoid this fate more

Cats and Dogs, Chickens and Fish

February 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

February 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Traverse City Continuing Push for Government-Run Internet

Similar efforts have failed in city after city

Similar efforts have failed in city after city more

Snyder, New Report Pitch for More Education Dollars

Evidence lacking for any significant impact on achievement

Evidence lacking for any significant impact on achievement more

Politicians Cannot Keep Up With Dynamic Economy

Subsidies for a handful, costs for everyone else

Subsidies for a handful, costs for everyone else more

Come or Go, Amazon’s HQ Decision Means Little to Michigan Economy

It’s a magnet for agenda-driven interpretation though

It’s a magnet for agenda-driven interpretation though more

Income Tax Breaks, Environmental Rules Reviews, Ransomware and more

January 26, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

January 26, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Renewable Energy is Not Cheaper After All

Popular measurement of renewable energy's cost ignores its unpredictable nature

Popular measurement of renewable energy's cost ignores its unpredictable nature more

New Additions to Mackinac Center Board of Scholars

Three new faces join Center's Board of Scholars

Three new faces join Center's Board of Scholars more

Michigan House Votes to Protect Electronic Data

Nearly unanimous in support of prohibiting state cooperation with illegal federal searches and seizures

Nearly unanimous in support of prohibiting state cooperation with illegal federal searches and seizures more

Cash Bail Hurts Innocent Poor People

The practice should be reformed to serve its purpose better

The practice should be reformed to serve its purpose better more

Gov. Snyder Should Make Link Between Jobs and Criminal Justice Reform

Tonight’s State of the State will certainly focus on one — but shouldn’t ignore the other

Tonight’s State of the State will certainly focus on jobs — but shouldn’t ignore criminal justice reform more

School Choice Week Puts Michigan Progress in Perspective

Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense

Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense more

Veto Override, Higher Income Tax Exemptions, Charter Schools and ISD Money, more

January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more