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Michigan’s Emergency Powers Law Was Always Controversial

But history shows no governor tried to stretch its use as far as Gov. Whitmer is trying now

The law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using to justify her unilateral COVID executive orders has historically been used primarily to deal with riots, and when it wasn’t, it stirred controversy.

Government Handouts to Corporations Don’t Work, New Evidence Finds

Do state government efforts to encourage businesses to create jobs do any good? Not when their costs are considered.

Michigan School Funding Deal Chooses Schools Over Schoolchildren

Lawmakers should support parents as they choose the best option for their children

Lawmakers have decided to give money to districts for students they don’t have, an act that slams the door on parents scrambling for options.

Michigan Should Permanently Loosen Restrictions on Medical Scope of Practice, Not Reinstate Them

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once loosened some of the state’s licensing rules for medical professionals as a way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Those changes ought to be made permanent, not reversed.

Tax Credit Programs Can Increase, Not Decrease, Government Spending

Though it may appear that tax credits shrink the size of government, they can do just the opposite.

Children Kept Out of Classrooms Need Policy Changes to Help Pursue Their Education

Lawmakers can make it easier for parents to deal with the uncertainties of the next school year by adopting policies that give them the options they need.

Michigan Can Reopen Without Business Subsidy Deals

As states reopen their societies, they ought to do so without handing out select subsidies to businesses.

It’s Time to Build the Line 5 Tunnel

The Line 5 pipeline should be buried 100 feet below the lakebed.

New Routines and Options Needed Next School Year

School districts and families will need more flexibility to cope with schooling in a reopened society

Liquor to Go: An Idea Whose Time is Now

Michigan should end its prohibition on sales of to-go mixed drinks.

State Regulators, Dam Owner, Set Conditions for Flooding in Mid-Michigan

The actions of state regulators and and the private owner of a dam, combined with heavy rains, led to extensive flooding in the Midland, Michigan, area.

Less Driving Means Fewer Gas Taxes

The state has dedicated certain tax collections for roads, but it will have less to spend as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Emergency Orders To Fight COVID-19 Should Be Put Into Law For Good

As part of the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer changed some key regulations affecting health care. Michigan should enact these changes into law.

Michigan’s Personal Income Tax During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic will cause state income tax collections to fall and could cause spending on Medicaid to increase.

Federal Cash is Coming for Michigan Schools – We Need to Use It Fairly and Smartly

Michigan will receive at least $478 million in extra federal funding that can be used for K-12 education. Here are some ways it can put that money to use.

After the Virus: The Importance of Savings

Policymakers and others should consider ways to keep the economy strong.

Michigan Entered 2020 Stronger

Michigan’s legislators and governors have changed laws and regulations in recent years in ways that will help the state respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Emergency Powers Under Michigan Law

Several state laws give Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the authority to undertake certain steps during times of emergencies and disasters.

Climate Change Happens; Now What?

Efforts to address climate change should not ruin the economy or harm the environment.

Limiting Local Government Revenue in a Democracy

Citizens have the power to decide how much their local governments collect in taxes.