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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.

New Report Card Shows Which Schools Are Doing the Most for Students

The Mackinac Center’s Context and Performance Report Card rewards school leaders whose students perform better than expected on state tests.

Limiting Local Government Revenue in a Democracy

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

The Working Class Is Not Worse Off Today Than During the Recession

A report from the United Way gives an unusual and unhelpful way to estimate the extent of poverty in Michigan.

Corporate Welfare Reform Legislation Introduced

Proposed laws now in the Michigan Legislature could reform the way Michigan subsidizes a few businesses in the name of creating jobs.

It’s Time to Improve the School Bond Election Process

School elections do not get enough attention from voters. Some reforms from state government could help.

2020: A New Day, or Groundhog Day?

Michigan lawmakers have only a few months to create a budget for the next fiscal year, address the Medicaid program and enact criminal justice reforms.

Michigan on Pace for Smallest Increase in Business Subsidies in Years

Legislators reduced some corporate welfare spending

In 2019, lawmakers dialed back taxpayer support for business subsidies, perhaps reflecting a change in thinking.

Lawmakers Should Not Resurrect Pure Michigan Subsidy Program

A legislator from northern Michigan wants the state to restart taxpayer funding of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign. Lawmakers should let its funding stay at the current level: zero.

The Unintended Results of Michigan’s Divided Government

A conflict between a Republican Legislature and a Democratic governor led to restrained growth in the state budget.

Regulatory Reforms on the Move in Michigan

Michigan has reformed some of the many licenses it requires for people to hold a job. Lawmakers should continue that work in the new year.

Students Led Astray by Environmental Education

A set of regulations and laws that a high school student proposed as part of a biology class suggests that Michigan schools should take a closer look at the environmental impact of renewable energy sources when teaching about the benefits.

Legislators Nix Regulatory Overreach of Rural Health Care Providers

Without the Legislature’s timely intervention, the commission’s decision threatened to make it more difficult for cancer patients in rural areas of Michigan to access this treatment.

Filling Classroom Vacancies Requires Better Solutions

Some Michigan classrooms lack a teacher with full credentials, even though many people with teaching credentials aren’t teaching. Rather than focusing heavily on producing more teachers, the state should find ways to entice some of those teachers into the classroom.

Keep Pure Michigan Spending at $0

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was right to veto funding for the Pure Michigan advertising campaign in the new state budget.

The Tax Hike Governor Vetoes Additional Road Funding

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made Michigan’s roads the centerpiece of her election campaign, her veto of extra money for road repair shows that her most important priority is to increase how much state government taxes Michigan residents.

Vaping Ban is Bad for Health, Good for Smugglers

The new ban on flavored vaping products is harmful to public health and respect for law.

Utilities Have Big Solar Plans for Michigan but Overlook the Long-Term Costs

Michigan’s two big electric utilities cite their build-up of solar facilities as evidence of their environmental concern. But solar facilities pose significant environmental challenges, which the companies have not adequately prepared for.

State Should Enact Budget, Debate Road Funding Another Day

Even if the governor and lawmakers can’t agree on whether to raise the gas tax, that’s no reason to shut down state government.

Local Governments Must Confront Billions in Pension Debt

Most local governments in Michigan need to shore up the pension systems they have for their retirees.

Career and Technical Education Reform Needs More Than Money

Current programs don’t meet labor market needs

Employers should have a larger role in shaping career and technical education programs.

How to Prioritize the Budget to Spend $1 Billion More on the Roads in a Single Year

Lawmakers who want to spend more taxpayer money on roads can find another extra $1 billion by using these 13 suggestions.

Attack on Schools of Choice Unfounded

The state’s Schools of Choice program does not merit the attacks it recently received on a national scale.

Minimum Wage Laws Hurt People

A bill in Congress to increase the national minimum wage would harm young and inexperienced workers who need on-the-job experience.

Green Jobs: More Jobs, Less Efficiency

A recent report significantly overstates the number of jobs that renewable energy sources provide.

Give More Power to Parents of Special-Needs Learners

Michigan should give parents of special needs students more say over their children’s education.

Growth Fuels Budget Priorities in House and Senate Budgets

The three competing proposals for the next state budget direct more money to the roads and cut money for corporate welfare.

Report for Schools Changes, but the Goal of Recognizing Excellence Remains

Michigan improved its school-grading system last year by giving parents more detailed information, but it could still be better.

If You Seek a Pleasant Road Funding Plan, Look About You

Michigan has almost doubled its spending on roads since 2010, but it will take a while for the changes to show up.

New Auto Insurance Law Will Benefit Michigan Drivers

State lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered on a long-needed fix to fix Michigan’s auto insurance laws, which made auto insurance here more expensive than anywhere else in the country.

Let Them Work: Michigan Should Reciprocate All Occupational Licenses

Michigan should make it easy for people who have obtained occupational licenses in other states to work legally here.

Road Work: Should State Prioritize ‘Horse Boobs’ or Highways?

The state would be better off sticking to funding roads rather than subsidizing film festivals, orchestras and garden poetry readings.

“Free” Community College: Still Not a Very Sound Idea

Gov. Whitmer wants government to give students a free community college education. The idea will cost at least $292.5 million per year and accomplish little.

Gas Tax Hike of 45 Cents May Kill More than 22,500 Private Sector Jobs

Increasing the gas tax by 45 cents per gallon could raise $2.5 billion, but it would also cost 22,500 jobs in the private sector. Spending that money on roads and cutting other areas of state government spending by the same amount could create 24,000 jobs.

Sound Policy in a Time of Divided Government

Criminal justice, government transparency and occupational licensing are just three areas ripe for reform.

More Money for Preschool Not the Answer

Proposal to boost Great Start funding doesn’t add up

Too few young schoolchildren know how to read and write at grade level. Spending more money on preschool won’t fix that problem.

Michigan School Funding Situation Better than MSU Study Portrays

State funding of Michigan schools has already increased significantly after years of economic stagnation

State funding of Michigan schools has already increased significantly after years of economic stagnation