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How Many Michigan Families Are Fleeing Public Schools?

Kindergarten enrollment at Michigan school districts is down this year, suggesting that dissatisfaction with remote learning has lead parents to seek other options.

Report: Give Local Governments More Money, But Don’t Ask Taxpayers

That’s the gist of a new study on local government finance in Michigan

New study misleads on fiscal issues facing local governments in Michigan; simply calls for higher taxes

State Should Drink Up Monopoly Profits from Beer and Wine Wholesalers

State government could increase its revenue by removing the favors it grants by law to a few special interests.

Less Road Funding from the Road-Fixing Governor

State spending up, but not for roads

Despite running on fixing the roads, state spending on roads is down under Gov. Whitmer

The Collapse in Power of Michigan’s Largest Public Sector Union

Given the chance to opt out of the Michigan Education Association by both a right-to-work law and the U.S. Supreme Court, public school employees have left the union in large numbers.

Michigan Lawmakers Make Progress on Pension Debts

But taxpayers still owe more than $50 billion to state-run pension systems

Progress being made, but taxpayers still owe more than $50 billion to state-run pension systems

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2020

This is the 18th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 69.9% of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

Family Fights Home Equity Theft to Protect the American Dream

Though they paid property taxes each year, they unknowingly underpaid their 2014 taxes by $144. By 2017, Wayne County tacked on another $359 in interest, penalties and fees, foreclosed on their property, sold it for $108,000 and kept every cent beyond what they owed—as allowed by current state law.

Flying By The Seat of Our Pants

COVID response suggest there’s no point to planning for pandemics

COVID response suggest there’s no point to planning for pandemics

Regulations and Economic Growth

Lawmakers should focus on regulatory reforms

Lawmakers should focus on regulatory reforms